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Gras & Groves-Raines Architects by Graphical House

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Gold foiled business cards for Edinburgh based Gras and Groves-Raines Architects designed by Graphical House

Gras and Groves-Raines Architects are Edinburgh-based architecture practices, and two branches of the same organisation. Gras explores experimental routes and works within commercial, public and private developments as well as exhibitions, while Groves-Raines Architects takes a more traditional approach, specialising in the conservation and restoration of existing buildings. Although their fields of expertise differ, both are bound by the shared values of a high quality holistic approach from design through to execution, and favour craftsmanship and fine detail. These values informed the development of a new cohesive brand identity for both practices, managed by design studio Graphical House, and which included logotypes, stationery, business cards and brand guidelines.

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Scotland Can Make It! designed by Graphical House

Print for Commonwealth Games souvenir range Scotland Can Make It! by Graphical House

Scotland Can Make It! is a limited edition collection of souvenirs, created by leading Scottish designers and artists in collaboration with manufacturers from across the country, for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The souvenirs are described by Graphical House, the design studio behind the collection’s brand identity and website, as being part of a programme of events that celebrate ‘Scotland’s cultural heritage, creative practice, skill and production’, and are available online and from a pop-up shop located on Glasgow’s Osborne Street during the summer.

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The Empire Café designed by Graphical House

Logo designed by Graphical House for The Empire Café

The Empire Café is a pop-up venue located in Glasgow’s Merchant City that looks to explore Scotland’s relationship with the North Atlantic slave trade through coffee, sugar, tea, cotton, music, visual art, poetry, debate, workshops, walks, film and literature. The café’s brand identity, a ship-like logo, bold sans-serif typography and both a limited and rich approach to print, designed by Graphical House, is described as linking a contemporary ‘artistic programme and poetry anthology with contributors gathered from across the Commonwealth’, and references cross sea trade of the past.

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