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Hato by Allink, Switzerland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, stationery and business cards for fine dining Asian restaurant Hato designed by Allink, Switzerland

Hato is a fine dining restaurant with locations in Zürich and further south in the resort town of St. Moritz. It has a menu of refined Asian cuisine, a rich interior design and a brand identity, created by Swiss graphic design studio Allink, inspired by the creativity of chef Nathan Dallimore. Allink describe their work for Hato as expressing playful and artistic qualities. This links a variety of printed collateral, which included stationery, menus and business cards, but also permeates interior, with the logo worked into partitions, table surfaces and window decals.

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Boreal Network, Itasca Road Trip by Bedow, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Illustrated record sleeve for Boreal Network's album rerelease Itasca Road Trip, designed by Bedow, Sweden

Nicole Johnson is a Seattle-based Minnesotan creating what Miles Bowe of Fact Magazine describes as “sun-drenched, foggily nostalgic electronica” under the name Boreal Network. Itasca Road Trip is a limited edition vinyl rerelease and trimmed down version of an earlier album by Boreal Network, distributed by More Than Human Records and featuring artwork by Swedish graphic design studio Bedow. Where the album takes an aural tour through the Itasca national park from Nicole’s home in Minnesota, the artwork visualises this through monolinear illustration with plenty of detail and a subtle storytelling component. You can listen to the album here.

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Neighbourhood by Ahoy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and signage for Manchester restaurant, bar and club Neighbourhood by Ahoy, United Kingdom

Neighbourhood is a restaurant, bar and club, located in the centre of Manchester, with a vibrant and eclectic interior inspired by New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas dining scenes. This is brought to life through the juxtaposition of bright neon signage and indoor foliage alongside the more classical qualities of copper fixtures and fittings, marble surfaces and velvet upholstered furniture. This contrast is also expressed throughout Neighbourhood’s brand identity, developed by Manchester and Liverpool-based studio Ahoy, in contrasting colour choice, type and pattern. This links business cards, packaging, menus and interior graphics, and coincided with an extensive refurbishment of the restaurant.

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