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The Promontory by Dan Blackman, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, menus and coasters designed by Dan Blackman for Chicago restaurant, bar and entertainment venue The Promontory

The Promontory is an American bar, restaurant and entertainment venue located on Chicago’s Lake Park Ave. It has an interior that mixes urban details such as neon signage and concrete floors with the industrial qualities of exposed beams and utilities, the earthy textures of freshly cut logs, light wood tables and dark wood panelling, and the craft associated with traditionally made furniture. The restaurant also features a modern hearth of brick and stainless steel. This interior is a reflection of the restaurant’s menu which is described as being made up of “contemporary American food highlighting historic dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven”.

The Promontory’s brand identity, created by New York based Dan Blackman and extending across menus, coasters and signage, draws on the cues set by the interior design through type contrast, but also introduces a current sense of craft through paper choice, hand stamped finishes, material texture and illustration.

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Room Essentials by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, photography and packaging by Collins for Target's modernistic home furnishings range Room Essentials

Room Essentials is a line of modernist home furnishings created and sold by American retailer Target. The range covers over 2,000 products across 60 categories, and includes items such as blankets, lighting, chairs, tables and tableware.

While securing significant revenue for the retailer, the range has, over the last five years, experienced a downturn in sales generated by its Millennial demographic. With this in mind, and with the intention of recapturing the enthusiasm for and interest in the range, Target commissioned New York based Collins to reimagine Room Essential’s brand identity.

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Sushi & Co. by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and menus for Baltic Sea cruise ship restaurant Sushi & Co. designed by Bond

Sushi & Co. is a restaurant and cafe on-board a cruise ship taking guests to destinations along the Baltic Sea. It has a modern interior design that mixes dark and light wood furniture, features warm low hanging lights, organic patterned upholstery, cool grey walls, exposed brick panels, slate floors and a visual identity developed by Helsinki based graphic design studio Bond. Extending across menus, napkins, uniforms and signage, Bond’s visual identity leverages association, familiarity and the unexpected, through colour, form and type, to introduce a current Scandinavian simplicity to a more detailed but equally precise interior.

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