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Hidraulik by Hey, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Hidraulik x Hey, a new range of 100% PVC floor and table mats inspired by 20th century modernism

Hidraulik is a Barcelona-based business producing floor mats, table mats and runners for contemporary spaces. These are inspired by cement panels hydraulically pressed, rather than fired, with a layer of coloured pigment.

Hydraulic panels originated in the 1850’s and experienced a resurgence in the mid 20th century. At that time they would often feature brightly coloured and detailed patterns, and were popular during an era of personalisation and interior self-expression. Hidraulik brings these right up to date, applying a similar aesthetic quality to a thin, flexible and moveable PVC surface.

The first range was made up of Art Nouveau-inspired prints designed in house, and was followed up by modernist-inspired prints created by Huaman, the graphic design studio also responsible for Hidraulik’s brand identity and packaging.

This week sees the launch of Hidrualik’s latest range, created by Barcelona-based graphic design studio Hey. These build on the retrospective references of Huaman’s designs but with some of the idiosyncrasies of Hey’s own work, often convivial in colour, form and composition. Hydraulic describe this new range as diverging from but still honouring something of the modernist traditions that inspires the brand.

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Primary by DIA, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity for New York co-working and wellness concept Primary designed by DIA

Primary is a new co-working space in New York that introduces health and wellness into the workplace. This can be seen in the approach to interior design; a mix of wood, contemporary soft furnishings and greenery, experienced in the fusion of office space, business events and relaxation classes, and expressed throughout Primary’s brand identity, created by graphic design studio DIA.

DIA were tasked with establishing a sophisticated and approachable system that would appeal to a health conscious and savvy entrepreneurial audience. This is achieved in the simplicity of form, both in type and mark, a generative component that adds a breadth of colour, and the way that this then reaches across lighting, signage, website, scheduling tool, social media, business cards and brochure.

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Mathias Dahlgren Edition by Essen International, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

Graphic identity and packaging designed by Essen International for contemporary kitchen appliance range Mathias Dahlgren Edition. Opinion by Richard Baird.

Mathias Dahlgren Edition is a set of contemporary kitchen appliances which are the product of a collaboration between the Grand Hôtel Stockholm, its renowned Swedish Michelin starred chef Mathias Dahlgren, and kitchenware retailer Dafra. Scandinavian graphic design studio Essen International worked with the trio to translate the culinary vision and creativity of Mathias Dahlgren into a modern graphic expression and packaging solution that would be perceived as creative and timeless, whilst working across a variety of boxes as well as pan and pot inserts.

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