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Corps Reviver & L’Heure du Cocktail by Spin, UK

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity for publisher Corps Reviver by Spin, United Kingdom

Corps Reviver is a French publisher and revivalist, redesigning and reprinting classic literary works, the first of which is L’Heure du Cocktail, The Cocktail Hour, written by journalists Marcel Requien and Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud and originally published in 1927. L’Heure du Cocktail, at the time, revolutionised the cocktail book, approaching the subject in a new way. This 2017 bilingual edition, presented in French and English, designed by Spin and illustrated by Spin’s Tony Brook, also offers a new take, pairing expressionist image with a more formal and modernist approach to layout and type. The release of L’Heure du Cocktail coincides with the launch of Corps Reviver’s own identity, also designed by Spin. This similarly explores something of the modernist, in the choice of type and use of form and pattern which appears to be rooted in the military associations of name.

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Chaos by Socio Design, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Luxury lifestyle accessory packaging design featuring Colorplan papers and boards by Socio Design for Chaos

Inspired by fashion’s current fascination with customisation, technology and a “sense of light-hearted fun”, creative duo and stylists Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall created Chaos, a new UK luxury lifestyle brand producing limited edition and personalised tech and travel accessories.

Through form and finish, materiality and graphic design, Chaos products, which include phone cases and charms, zips and luggage tags, express the brand’s take on practicality and stylistic desirability, the meeting of technology and fashion, utility and individuality. These are high quality, with a price tag to match (between £76-214), and a favourite with actors Cara Delevingne and Margot Robbie.

London-based studio Socio Design were commissioned by the team at Chaos to create packaging for their collection of deerskin phone cases and luggage tags, gold-plated charms and zips. Using contrasting colour and high quality production detailing, and playing with a tension between the modern and traditional, the digital world and the analogue, these reflect the brand’s playful and “anarchic” approach, and commitment to challenging contemporary luxury standards.

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Label Lab by TM, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype and invitation by TM for Label Lab, The Forum for Label and Packaging Innovation, hosted by Arconvert.

Arconvert, a division of the Fedrigoni Group, will be hosting Label Lab, The Forum for Label and Packaging Innovation, on May 17th at Priory Church on St. John’s Square, London. The event will celebrate the aesthetics and craftsmanship of labelling and packaging design, and will showcase the materials of Fedrigoni’s labelling division Arconvert has to offer. The evening will also include talks by Pablo Martín of Atlas, Andy Giddings from Here Design, and Xavier Bas from Xavier Bas Disseny.

Design studio TM worked with Arconvert to pull together speakers and deliver a visual identity for Label Lab. This included an invitation that pushes the material component of the event, but also emphasises its relationship and interaction with type, colour and form in branding and packaging. These graphical elements then function to establish a distinctive and memorable continuity between invitation, programme and event website.

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