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Allsorts Black & White Edition by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging for liquorice brand Allsorts Black & White by Bond

Bond continue to work with Scandinavian confectionery brand Cloetta, owner of liquorish brand Allsorts, on the packaging for their Allsorts Black & White edition. The packaging for Allsorts’ originals range looked to bring the distinctive shapes and colours of the liquorice to the forefront using geometric forms and bright colour, enhanced by the black background of a simple card box. It was an approach rightly described by Bond as being bold and playful.

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Hidraulik by Hey, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Hidraulik x Hey, a new range of 100% PVC floor and table mats inspired by 20th century modernism

Hidraulik is a Barcelona-based business producing floor mats, table mats and runners for contemporary spaces. These are inspired by cement panels hydraulically pressed, rather than fired, with a layer of coloured pigment.

Hydraulic panels originated in the 1850’s and experienced a resurgence in the mid 20th century. At that time they would often feature brightly coloured and detailed patterns, and were popular during an era of personalisation and interior self-expression. Hidraulik brings these right up to date, applying a similar aesthetic quality to a thin, flexible and moveable PVC surface.

The first range was made up of Art Nouveau-inspired prints designed in house, and was followed up by modernist-inspired prints created by Huaman, the graphic design studio also responsible for Hidraulik’s brand identity and packaging.

This week sees the launch of Hidrualik’s latest range, created by Barcelona-based graphic design studio Hey. These build on the retrospective references of Huaman’s designs but with some of the idiosyncrasies of Hey’s own work, often convivial in colour, form and composition. Hydraulic describe this new range as diverging from but still honouring something of the modernist traditions that inspires the brand.

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Aman by Construct, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and logotype for luxury resort business Aman by Construct, United Kingdom

Aman is a collection of resorts, hotels and luxury residencies that offer access to a wide variety of remote and urban destinations. Its first resort, Amanpuri, was opened in Thailand in 1988. Since then it has expanded across the world, seeking out transformative experiences and awe-inspiring locations throughout Asia, Indonesia, China, Japan, the Americas, North Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean.

Inspired by the earliest forms of alphabets and mark-making, London based graphic design studio Construct developed a new brand identity for Aman that would reflect its values and the high quality of its experiences. This is expressed through custom typography, earthy colour palette, tactile material texture and high quality print finish that links press-pack, business cards and menus.

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Assembly by Blast, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Hammersmith property development Assembly by Blast, United Kingdom

Assembly is a new 250,000 sq ft. development project managed by Axa Real Estate, located in London’s Hammersmith, and comprised of 4 office buildings, 3 public squares, bars, restaurants and estate wide amenities. As a business hub the development is strategically positioned between Central London and Heathrow, with easy access to the Underground, road and river networks.

Working with Axa Real Estate, Bell Hammer, CBRE and Knight Frank, graphic design studio Blast, alongside naming, developed a cohesive visual identity system for the entire estate, its offices, retail spaces and public facilities with the intention of creating a sense of place. This was achieved through a stencil cut typographical direction that extends across brochures for the site but also individual buildings, as well as marketing campaign, film and responsive website.

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