Townhouse is a hotel designed and curated by The Kastiel Family and located at the heart of the Tel Aviv. Based around tactile material and print finish, a mixed typographical approach in conjunction with a simple sans-serif logo-type and monogram, Townhouse’s visual identity, created by boutique design studio Koniak, frames the traditional crafted luxury of the hotel’s interior fixtures and fittings with a contemporary restraint and lack of superfluous detail.
Spirit is a restaurant located on Rotterdam’s Mariniersweg street that sells fresh, organic and vegetarian foods throughout the day. The restaurant’s visual identity, designed by Studio Beige, neatly juxtaposes the formality and geometric qualities of an uppercase Brandon Grotesque typographical choice with traditional underlines, alongside finer, organic and hand rendered illustrative detail executed across a colour palette and uncoated substrate selection, that like the illustrations, add a crafted sensibility. This is cut through by the professionalism and good quality associated with the kitchen whites of a chef but tempered slightly by a conversational tone of voice. It is a smart contrast that delivers a sense of high quality and creativity to a growing but still niche sector often perceived as bland but wholesome.
Ogopogo is a start-up that is introducing the boxed experience concept to the Croatian market. Their visual identity and packaging solution, developed by creative design agency Bunch, juxtaposes the corporate formality and geometric consistency of a simple sans serif logo-type with the bespoke, crafted and playful qualities of bright folded paper photography.
New York-based creative studio DIA have recently developed the visual identity for Fin Collective, a new custom surfboard business from Rick Malwitz, a craftsman who began producing boards in 2004 from a ‘dusty basement in landlocked Philadelphia’. DIA’s solution establishes a minimal but professional platform which avoids the over-enthusiastic, excessive energy and sharp design cues typically associated with the industry, in favour of a restraint and consistency that reflects high quality, craft and a close personal relationship with the sport, through an abstract logo-mark, uppercase word-mark, intimate photography and broadly spaced lowercase typography.
Daniel is a hotel located in the Austrian cities of Vienna and Graz with a smart, urban, luxury proposition and a history dating back to 1886. Daniel’s visual identity, designed by brand specialist Moodley, reflects the contemporary simplicity, high quality, personal service and heritage of the brand through a stamp based logo-mark, plenty of white space and subtle texture.
Spritmuseum (formerly Vin & Sprithistoriska Museet) is a Stockholm based art gallery, museum, tasting room, meeting-place, bar, restaurant and open-air café with a unique spirit theme. Its new identity, developed by multidisciplinary design agency Stockholm Design Lab, is based around a bold word-mark constructed from a typeface now synonymous with the Absolut brand (and Swedish design) and pairs it with a simple but iconic four stroke glass illustration that neatly draws its reference from the external structure of the museum. This simplicity is reflected through a set of collateral that juxtaposes heavy headlines, underlines and small body copy that has a subtle art-house/editorial quality that looks clean and modernistic. This formality is given a light-hearted twist with a animation that alters the focus of the logo-type capturing the intoxicating theme of the venue.
Towards the end of 2011, Spanish high street travel agent Vibo (formally Viajes Iberia) began to roll out its new visual identity developed by international design consultancy Saffron as part of a new strategy to differentiate itself from an increasingly generic market place. Following this rebrand, Saffron has published some of the signage and printed collaterals that make up the visual identity system (alongside a new logo-type) that offers an imaginative alternative to conventional destination photography.
Clifton Arms is a hotel, restaurant, bar and brasserie situated within a grade two listed building at the heart of the UK seaside town of Lytham. The hotel has a rich heritage dating back to 1794 which includes a location change from Clifton Street to West Beach in 1840 and the reception of high profile guests such as Winston Churchill and The Beatles. Following a recent renovation, Preston based creative agency Wash, drawing inspiration from the hotel’s past, developed a new visual identity that includes a revised coat of arms, weighty slab serif logo-type and a warm copper colour palette.
Rolling Words, designed by San Francisco based advertising agency Pereira & O’Dell , is a smokable songbook created to promote rapper Snoop Dogg’s latest product, a range of Kingsize Slim rolling papers.
Located in the Pool region of West Cornwall, Heartlands, previously home to a tin mine, recently underwent a period of redevelopment after 400 years of inactivity and was opened up to the general public this spring. The Heartlands’ identity, designed by UK based creative studio A-Side, takes the systematic approach of heavy industry, machinery and elemental materials and gives it a playful accessible twist.