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Disrepute by Two Times Elliott, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and business cards with gold block foil detail by London-based studio Two Times Elliott for Soho members bar Disrepute

Disrepute is a members-only bar, located in London’s Soho, described by Two Times Elliott, the design studio behind its brand identity, as having a heritage of “establishment and scandal”. The bar features a rich interior design of high quality material detail that elegantly plays with shape, pattern and symmetry, solid colour and texture, the geometric and the organic. There is an element of period theatricality, yet a contemporary eye for unique character, comfort and continuity throughout.

Two Times Elliott’s brand identity takes these qualities and focuses them into a quieter but distinct brand identity expression that favours commonality and, taking inspiration from Soho’s “most notorious eras of concealed communications and discrete symbols”, layers this with a narrative component that calls to light the loves, intimacy and people of the venue’s past, alongside a historical notoriety, one of secrecy, seduction and the clandestine.

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Finland 100 by Kokoro & Moi, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, illustration and packaging by Kokoro & Moi for the celebration of Finland's centenary

This year Finland celebrates its centenary and will mark the occasion with a broad programme of events created and supported by a wide range of stakeholders. Based around the theme of “Together”, and with the intention of creating a cohesive and useful system to unite events and initiatives from local councils and independent organisations and businesses, Scandinavian design studio Kokoro & Moi created “Finland’s Faces”, a brand identity made up of an extensive and diverse library of faces, drawn in a variety of styles.

With a desire to be inclusive Kokomo & Moi also developed an online platform and complimentary app with developer Great Apes as a strategic part of brand identity. This invites Finns and friends of Finland to participate and edit selfies into unique cartoons, to share these via the social media or submit these to be part of the ‘Finland’s Faces’ collection. These will be used as part of event communications throughout the year.

Alongside print communications and packaging, Kokoro & Moi also developed advertising and several other projects that make up Finland 100. These included product, spatial and interactive design, working in collaboration with Miltton Creative.

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Mere by Bibliothèque, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and inlaid menu covers designed by Bibliothèque for Monica Galetti's new London restaurant Mere

Mere–pronounced Mary–is a modern two-storey restaurant and bar, located in London’s Fitzrovia, developed by chef Monica Galetti and sommelier David Galetti, working in collaboration with Westbury Street Holdings.

The restaurant has a menu of simple dishes made from seasonal produce using classic techniques, and influenced by the French and South Pacific heritage of David and Monica, respectively. It also features a warm interior of rich material detail and pattern, created by Softroom.

Mere’s brand identity, developed by London-based design studio Bibliothèque, brings these interior details together and draws a sense of refinement, craft and character from the intersection of materials and the use of unusual typographic form across menus, receipt holders, business cards, cloakroom tags and signage.

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