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Daechung Park Cafe by Studio fnt

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity and coaster design by Studio fnt for South Korean cafe 대충유원지 Daechung Park

Daechung Park / 대충유원지 is a cafe located in the South Korean capital of Seoul. It features a distinctive interior of wood and stepped brick walls developed by FHHH Friends, furniture and objects by studio COM and a graphic identity designed Studio fnt. Graphic identity is expressed through menus, coasters, packaging and framed calligraphic posters, but also through small details within the interior and in the shaping of furniture.

Although Daechung translates as half-heartedness and has a kitschy Korean association the design of the cafe is not. It is a space with a clear purpose and mood, a place to unwind, to kick back and relax.

Each element; interior, furniture, objects, graphic identity and calligraphy establish a multi-disciplinary continuity and a shared form language. This draws its inspiration from architectural and digital landscapes but also from the other translation of Daechung, a word used in old Asia to describe tigers.

The literal translation of Daechung is (Dae, 大) big (Chung, 蟲) bug, a homonym made up of Chinese characters and an affectionate term for the tiger, an animal of cultural significance in Korea. These often appear as friendly characters in fables and folk paintings, and more recently as Olympic mascots. Here, the tiger reference appears as a character on coasters and posters, as stripes and patterns woven into the interior, or bringing a modernity to the traditional craft of calligraphy.

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BIFAN 2016 by Studio fnt, South Korea

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, illustration and brochure by Studio fnt for 20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) is an eleven day event that takes place each year in a number of locations throughout the South Korean city of Bucheon, a satellite city of Seoul. It celebrates world cinema; specifically those dealing with the themes of love, fantasy and adventure, plays host to international, Asian and national premieres, and includes, alongside the 320 films from 49 countries, a variety of performances, concerts and art and design exhibitions that draw their inspiration from the films being screened.

BIFAN 2016 is the largest festival to date, and features a revised brand identity, designed by Studio fnt. This reaches across a plethora of printed materials that include posters, banners, tote bags, merchandise, tickets, signage and a catalogue to promote its 20th anniversary.

These are linked a by a new logo, the “Cell Of Fantasy”, that hints at the expansion of BIFAN’s fantastic imagination, and implies a close connection with opposing visual cues, such as yin and yang, in order to stimulate the eyes and the creativeness of the audience. This is paired with a graphic system of shapes and illustration that intend to express the energy, adventure and imagination of an event unlike any other.

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C( )T( ) – Typojanchi 2015 by Studio fnt, South Korea

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for C( )T( ) – Typojanchi 2015 by Studio fnt, South Korea

Typojanchi is an international biennale that looks to explore the various intersections at which visual language meets culture, politics and the economy. Its forth event, which took place between the 11th November and the 27th December 2015 in the South Korean city of Seoul, was based around the themes of, and relationship between, cities and typography. This is communicated within its naming C( )T( ), and throughout a visual identity created by Studio fnt which extended across posters, stickers, signage, invitations, tote bags and postcards.

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