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January Moon by Perky Bros, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird

Branding and packaging for teething jewellery brand January Moon by Perky Bros

January Moon is a range of contemporary teething jewellery from American artist and designer Jenny Luckett, created in response to the birth of her son and in the discovery she could no longer wear her favourite pieces. The range intends to satisfy the stylistic sensitivities of modern mothers while also aiding their child’s development. The range is characterised by a variety of large soft forms of both natural material detail and bold contrasting colour. Drawing on these qualities and inspired by the phases of the moon and Matisse, graphic design studio Perky Bros created a visual identity for January Moon rich in pattern, colour and hand cut shapes. This finds a balance between modern art and craft, and what the studio describe as a child-like wonder, and links a variety of assets that included tags, packaging, stationery and business cards.

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Old Spike Coffee by Commission Studio, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Coffee Branding and Packaging Design – Old Spike Coffee by Commission Studio, United Kingdom

Old Spike is a coffee roastery, subscription service and wholesaler, cafe and social enterprise working with the homeless, located in South East London. It is situated on the site of a former workhouse, a place where the poor would break rocks over metal spikes for food and lodgings, and where the roaster gets its name. With a desire to separate the roastery’s commercial and social activities Commission Studio worked to develop a retail and subscription packaging design that avoided the conventions of the market, and worked together a sense of the artisanal and wholesome and the eye-catching and luxury.

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Omakase Room by Tatsu by Savvy, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity and scented ceramic gift by Savvy for New York restaurant Omakase Room by Tatsu

Omakase Room by Tatsu is a unique sushi dining experience located on New York’s Christopher Street. The concept is rooted in the centuries-old family traditions of Japanese Executive Chef and host Tatsu Sekiguchi and the celebration of the individual and personal. This can be experienced in the restaurant’s unique and intimate setting, one that seats only eight, and a menu carefully crafted by Tatsu for one evening and for that specific group of eight, based on their mood, curiosities and preferences.

The restaurant features a light interior design of soft bamboo and fabric centred around Japanese minimalist traditions. Materials a few but high quality, the ceiling is low, and the design of the table and layout of chairs lend the restaurant a quiet and earthy material quality with little distraction, and establish an intimacy with the chef, and focuses the mind on the food.

Building on this, design studio Savvy developed a multi-sensory brand identity, with a similar restraint, materiality and discretion. This offers something of its own subtle character but does not detract from the food, while also working in small thoughtful details such as scent and semi-transparent paper that links type with interior. The project included menus, stationery, business cards and a ceramic gift.

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