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Smithey Ironware Company by Stitch, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and tags with green paper and white ink detail for Smithey Ironware Company by Charleston based Stitch, United States

Smithey is an ironworks producing kitchenware from its location in Charleston, South Carolina. Smithey’s first product, a 10 inch skillet, features a smooth, non-stick cooking surface, created using a handcrafted method of finishing and polishing. This process was developed in response to the rough, coarse and sandpaper-like finish that proliferates the ironware market, which creates an uneven surface temperature, makes it difficult to cook with and uses a lot of energy.

Stitch Design Company, also based in Charleston, worked with Smithey to develop a visual identity that would extend across website, print communication and tags. Much of this is informed by the robust and crafted qualities of Smithey’s products, but also builds in a touch of character. This is expressed through type, materiality and motif.

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Thanda by Karoshi, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and postcards by UK graphic design studio Karoshi for conscientious interior accessory business Thanda

Thanda is a luxury home accessory business bringing high-end artisanal products crafted by people in South Africa to the UK market. It does this with the intention of helping to support local communities, promoting ecological awareness and proving that sustainability does not have to compromise aesthetic.

Thanda worked with London based graphic design studio Karoshi to articulate and express this positioning and the quality of its products through a new brand identity that would run across stationery, business cards, packaging, tags, promotional materials and website. This included bespoke patterns, custom typography and photography, and detailed product information online.

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Tina Frey Designs by Mucho, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Tina Frey Designs by graphic design studio Mucho

Tina Frey is an American homeware designer with a studio in San Francisco. She is inspired by the fluid lines of the sea, the curves and contours of nature, objects picked up while traveling, and the translucent colour of ice lollies and jelly beans. The design of each of her products—which include plates, bowls and utensils—is rooted in simplicity and functionality. These are sculpted by hand in clay, cast in colour in small batches, then sanded and finished by hand. This process gives each object a high-quality and uniquely crafted character.

Drawing on the organic shapes and hand crafted nature of the range, graphic design studio Mucho created a new visual identity for Tina Frey with a soft and sculpted quality—in form, colour and texture—and a contemporary restraint, while the use of brighter colour introduces contrast, a conviviality and communicative breadth. This links brochure, note cards, business cards and posters.

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