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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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Husler & Rose by Post, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and black block foil print for Husler & Rose designed by Post

Husler & Rose is an online boutique and occasional pop-up store that retails thoughtfully designed, carefully constructed and long-lasting furniture, homeware and lifestyle objects sourced from across the UK and Europe, professionally and sensitively restored by owner and furniture maker Ben Rowland.

Inspired by Herbert Bayer’s Bauhaus posters and the jazz record sleeves of Duke Ellington, London based graphic design studio Post created a new brand identity treatment for Husler & Rose that included logotype, postcards, business cards and promotional pieces. These capture the crafted and considerately designed nature of the store’s curated catalogue through the high quality finishes of white ink and black block foil, hand stamped detail, geometric patterns and a contrast of serif, script and sans-serif typography, across dyed papers and unbleached boards.

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