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Skinsmiths by Akin

Opinion by Richard Baird

Packaging design by Aukland-based studio Akin for New Zealand sunscreen brand Skinsmiths

Ki Sunscreen was developed by national skincare clinic Caci to protect against the harsh New Zealand sun, and the skin damage and premature ageing that UVA and UVB rays can cause. This is been expanded into a larger and broader range of skin treatments and renamed Skinsmiths. The range is made from the latest generation of ingredients proven to protect and those that help to control oils and maintain a matt finish. This balance of clinical effectiveness and cosmetic mindfulness is expressed by its graphic identity, created by Auckland studio Akin, in the meeting of a bold black logotype and in the material interaction and contrast between uncoated paper and distinctive glossy print finish.

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Christopher Hall Somata Collection by Two Times Elliott

Opinion by Richard Baird

Christopher Hall is an internationally renowned furniture and interior designer from New Zealand with studios in London and Istanbul, with a third due to open in Barcelona soon. His interiors and bespoke furniture collections are characterised by a sensitive integration of the classical and the contemporary, a material refinement and sculptural elegance. Somata, his latest collection of 32 handcrafted pieces, is an allusion to the metamorphisms of mythology. This manifests itself within the forms and surfaces of stools, tables and cabinets, which often transition between the functional and sculptural.

Two Times Elliott, the studio behind Christopher Halls graphic identity, worked to develop promotional boxes and individual product sheets. Taking inspiration from the bespoke nature and conceptual foundation of Somata and the craft of Christopher Hall’s work at large, Two Times Elliott blend a detailed graphic pattern with a bespoke material and structural elegance.

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Strömma Arkipelag by 25ah, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity by 25ah for residential property development Strömma Arkipelag

Strömma Arkipelag is a new residential property project from Swedish developer Innovation Properties, and located in between the inner city and outer archipelago of Stockholm. Strömma Arkipelag offers a unique intersection of modern living spaces and an unspoilt rural environment, with the two interlinked by large windows and a material commonality. This relationship is also expressed by the development’s graphic identity, designed by 25ah, through colour, print finish, illustration, photography and a bold typographical gesture.

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