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M11 studio by Inhouse, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity for Auckland-based luxe salon M11 designed by Inhouse, New Zealand

M11 studio is a luxe salon, located in the heart of the fashion, shopping and entertainment district of Newmarket, Auckland, that references the refinery of a Tom Ford fashion boutique. It has a well-proportioned, spacious, linear and light filled interior of large mirrors, strip and spot lighting, white and black walls, gold fixtures, concrete surfaces and robust furniture developed by architects Young + Richards and designer Lauren Hare.

This mix of contemporary space and luxe service is expressed through the structure, colour and materiality of the salon’s brand identity, created by graphic design studio Inhouse, in the form and construction of the logo, the finish of printed collateral, the application of window graphics and the material of exterior signage.

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Mercer Supply Co. by Peck & Co., United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, envelope and copper foiled notecard for salon and barber Mercer Supply Co. designed by Peck & Co.

Mercer Supply Co. is a barbershop, salon and retailer that provides high-end grooming goods and services to the modern man and woman of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The salon has an interior design of polished concrete flooring, exposed trusses, Edison bulbs, panels of wood, leather furniture and waxed denim aprons. It is thoroughly current in its mix of the hardwearing, utilitarian and the traditional. This is also expressed throughout its brand identity, designed by Tennessee studio Peck & Co., using type, illustration, material choice and print finish across bags, notecards, stationery, business cards, swing tags, coasters, tissue paper and website.

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Soap Co. by Paul Belford Ltd, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and package design by UK based graphic design studio Paul Balford Ltd. for luxury hand made soap business the Soap Co.

Soap Co. is a UK based social enterprise, luxury soap manufacturer and brand, that provides employment to people who are blind, disabled or disadvantaged. These individuals make up 70% of their team. All profits go back into the business to create and fund further job opportunities.

Soap Co. recently launched a range of luxury handmade soaps, hand washes and hand lotions, available as Black Poppy & Wild Fig, Citrus, and White Tea varieties, that feature a new brand identity and packaging design treatment by London based Paul Belford Ltd. The launch of this range, and its new design, coincides with a move from the local to the national market.

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