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Kisumé by Fabio Ongarato Design, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and business cards designed by Fabio Ongarato Design for Japanese restaurant in Melbourne Kisumé

Kisumé is a Japanese restaurant located on Melbourne’s Flinders Lane. It is described by Fabio Ongarato Design, the studio behind its visual identity, as an unconventional, slightly twisted and artfully executed experience. The restaurant intends to immerse guests in an intriguing view of Japanese traditions, and fuses these with the owner’s obsession with beauty and sensuality. This is expressed by a “brutally sophisticated and minimal interior design” created by Wood Marsh Architecture which features curated artworks by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki as well as Polly Borland, and in the break from the conventions of a typical Japanese dining experience in the movement and colour of visual identity. This links business cards, stationery, menus, window and lighting decals, posters and website.

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George + Powlett by Studio Brave, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and brochure design by Studio Brave for East Melbourne residential property development George + Powlett

George + Powlett is a residential property development of 11 apartments, created by ICON Developments, and located in East Melbourne. ICON’s properties are described as having a precision and balance, and this continues through to their latest project, which was designed by acclaimed architectural practice Powell & Glenn. The development is set within an environment of what is described as a place of elegant contrasts. This can bee seen in the strong geometric forms of structure, and the surrounding leafy suburb of East Melbourne. Balanced contrast informs brand identity, designed by Studio Brave, with each element said to express the seamless connection between environment and structure. This connects brochure, material sample pack, foldout floor plan and website.

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IDES by Swear Words, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Business card with blind emboss and white block foil detail by graphic design studio Swear Words for Melbourne restaurant Ides

IDES began as a monthly pop-up restaurant with an inventive approach to cuisine, created by former Attica sous chef Peter Gunn. A year into the business, and to coincide with the development of a permanent space in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, Peter Gunn worked with graphic design studio Swear Words to develop a new visual identity that would more effectively express the level of quality and service at IDES. Swear Words’ work manages to capture a sense of the immediacy of ideas and the quality of the final dishes through a juxtaposition of typographical utility, materiality, form and image across business cards and menus.

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