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Bibelot by A Friend Of Mine, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Package design and branding for Bibelot designed by A Friend Of Mine

Bibelot is a luxury European-inspired dessert boutique in Melbourne with a coffee bar, chocolate shop, high tea salon, gelaterie and artisinal patisserie. It features an interior of long marble counters, a light spotted stone floor, spot lighting, cornicing, black and white walls, as well as bronze and tiled detailing.

Informed by the sense of place and the permanence that underpins Bibelot’s concept, reflected in its classic interior flourishes, graphic design studio A Friend Of Mine developed a brand identity that links interior, signage and packaging, makes a connection with craft, through traditional monochromatic mosaics and a geometric sans-serif logotype, and draws out, using bright spot colour panels, the colourful detail, distinctive flavour and variety of its confectionery.

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Melba at The Savoy by Pentagram, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and copper foiled pâtisserie packaging designed by Pentagram for London patisserie and cafe Melba at The Savoy

Melba is a pâtisserie and cafe, located on the corner of The Strand and Savoy Place in London’s North Bank, and is one of nine places to eat and drink at The Savoy hotel. The patisserie is described as offering a glimpse into the exclusive and luxury world of The Savoy, and is the first time that the hotel, accessed via private road, will have a presence on the high street. Melba features a distinctive interior of black and white tiles, white marble alongside dark stained woods, cornicing, a curved glass counter and gold chandelier. It also features a distinctive visual identity treatment developed by UK based Pentagram partner John Rushworth.

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Libertine Liquor Bar by CODO, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and menu designed by CODO for Indianapolis liquor bar Libertine

Libertine is a bar and restaurant, located on Indianapolis’ Mass Avenue, that celebrates the pioneering American spirit with an emphasis on classic cocktails, craft distillers, boutique wines and an evolving menu. It is recognised as one of the best restaurants and bars in the country, and as being instrumental in the city’s growing and continued support of local food and independent restaurants.

A light wood bar, steel rails, exposed utilities, red brick walls and I beam, comfortably sit alongside the ornament of crafted lamp shades, cast deer head, uncovered floor and the retrospective character of vintage jugs and jars. This contrast of utility and flourish, retrospection and a current favour for the crafted also make its way into Libertine’s visual identity, developed by design studio CODO and including menus, branded matches and hand painted signage.

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