Opinion by Richard Baird.
Grupa is an award-winning design studio and manufacturer of handmade furniture and lighting products for home, office and hospitality spaces. Building on over a decade worth of experience Grupa branched out into own brand products in 2012.
From drawing board to design and development, production, packaging and distribution, the company has developed a total design philosophy and a product range that brings together and expresses everything that inspires the team at Grupa. Their products are distinguished by an innovative and concise material and form language, a clear functionality and a flexibility of situation and movement. Baluna, a free-standing or wall and ceiling-mounted light captures this spirit. Its silent dimmer, blown glass opal diffuser and LED bulb deliver a consistent level of light dispersion while a telescopic bar and 360-degree rotational axis offer swift and broad adjustments.
To promote Baluna Grupa worked with graphic design studio Bunch to develop a communications pack and packaging. This takes the distinctive interplay of light and shadow, form and surface, flexibility and utility that characterises the light and develops a distinctive graphic and material expression.
Opinion by Richard Baird
In 2017 Australian furniture retailer Cult celebrated its 20th anniversary. They marked this with an event and exhibition and worked with design studio Toko to develop a graphic identity to unify these and bring to light their extensive catalogue. Through a mix of bright illustrative silhouettes across invitations, packaging, postcards, flags and banners, the art direction of some Cult’s ranges, and an eye-catching bright red die cut cover, Toko play with a graphic immediacy and follow this up with layers of material and photographic detail.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Spanish jewellery designer Chus Burés is recognised for the avant garde quality of his work and his ongoing collaborations with a wide variety artists and designers. These have included American-French artist Louise Bourgeois, American-Cuban painter Carmen Herrera and French fashion designer Agnès B.
Working with those in the fields of contemporary art, fashion, cinema and music, Chus Burés has developed CHUS X CHUS, a new range that intends to appeal to a younger audience. This range is characterised by a back to the fundamentals philosophy; everyday pieces created in partnership with emerging artists. This is expressed by the brand’s launch campaign which features the singer-songwriter Sophie Auster, who was photographed by Andres Serrano, and through a graphic identity of custom typeface, website and art direction developed by Pentagram partner Natasha Jen and team.