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Daechung Park Cafe by Studio fnt

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity and coaster design by Studio fnt for South Korean cafe 대충유원지 Daechung Park

Daechung Park / 대충유원지 is a cafe located in the South Korean capital of Seoul. It features a distinctive interior of wood and stepped brick walls developed by FHHH Friends, furniture and objects by studio COM and a graphic identity designed Studio fnt. Graphic identity is expressed through menus, coasters, packaging and framed calligraphic posters, but also through small details within the interior and in the shaping of furniture.

Although Daechung translates as half-heartedness and has a kitschy Korean association the design of the cafe is not. It is a space with a clear purpose and mood, a place to unwind, to kick back and relax.

Each element; interior, furniture, objects, graphic identity and calligraphy establish a multi-disciplinary continuity and a shared form language. This draws its inspiration from architectural and digital landscapes but also from the other translation of Daechung, a word used in old Asia to describe tigers.

The literal translation of Daechung is (Dae, 大) big (Chung, 蟲) bug, a homonym made up of Chinese characters and an affectionate term for the tiger, an animal of cultural significance in Korea. These often appear as friendly characters in fables and folk paintings, and more recently as Olympic mascots. Here, the tiger reference appears as a character on coasters and posters, as stripes and patterns woven into the interior, or bringing a modernity to the traditional craft of calligraphy.

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Fluvia by Folch

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and brochure covers by Spanish studio Folch for Fluvia, a range of adaptable lighting solutions from LED Simon

Fluvia is a range of adaptable lighting solutions from LED Simon that intends to offer a creative freedom in commercial and private lighting projects. Design, rather than an absolute utility, is an essential and unifying quality of the range with products developed to be attractive and convenient, easy to use and deploy within a space, and broken down and recycled.

To cast aside its corporate image and convey a sense of contemporary elegance, Fluvia worked with Spanish graphic design studio Folch to develop a richer and more distinct graphic identity. This repositioned the brand’s communications away from technical details and superfluous elements to focus on product, to develop an identity for each, drawing out their distinctive character and core functionality.

This was done through three key components; new product photography, individual product brochures with a strong graphic and material quality, and the creation of a central online hub that will connect a series of satellite sites dedicated to each product and provide quick access to a granular level of insight for those that need it.

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Garden 13, Graanmarkt 13 by Base

Opinion by Seth Rowden

Graphic identity, packaging and copywriting by Base for Garden 13, Graanmarkt 13

Graanmarkt 13 is a restaurant, high-end concept store and apartment in Antwerp. It is described by Base, the studio behind its graphic identity, as a special house, a crossover place full of surprises. This was articulated through a story that positioned Graanmarkt 13 as a haven for people in search of objects and experiences with soul and meaning.

Garden 13 is a series of plant-based products and an online shop inspired by Graanmarkt 13’s rooftop garden philosophy. These products intend to develop the brand outside of its physical location, to reach an international audience.

In their packaging design for this new range, which builds on their initial identity work for Graanmarkt 13 Base tease the reader’s curiosity. They translate the feeling and sensory experience of using each botanical product into microcopy expressed as a single sentence over a variety of surfaces.

A pared-back but well-intentioned material language, a robustness that implies value, and a structural design that sees the cylindrical and simple link a breadth of products, serve as useful surfaces for emotive communication. This materiality is thoughtful and beautifully constructed, yet it is the words that are the real highlight. Copywriter Seth Rowden offers his opinion.

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