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Artek Helsinki by Tsto, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and shopping bags by graphic design studio Tsto for furniture and homeware store Artek Helsinki.

Artek is a Finnish furniture and product design business and retailer with a flagship store in Helsinki. It was founded in 1935 by architect Alvar Aalto and wife Aino Aalto, the arts promoter Maire Gullichsen and art historian Nils-Gustav Hahl.

Artek grew alongside and shared many of the qualities of the  20th century modernist movement, blending art and technology, and making the most of improved technical expertise in mass manufacturing to produce well-crafted and functional products from good quality materials for everyday living. The company has remained true to these values, and its 2nd cycle initiative, a platform for reselling Artek furniture, is a testament to the aesthetic and material longevity of its products.

Artek worked with Scandinavian graphic design studio Tsto to build out the visual identity system of their flagship store, Artek Helsinki. The studio’s approach layers this system with additional type, illustration created from the partial forms of Artek’s product range and establishes a new set of visual guidelines. This runs across and links tags, stationery, business cards, packaging, magazine covers and shopping bags.

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Blackhorse Lane Ateliers by StudioSmall, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo design by StudioSmall for premium selvedge and organic raw denim jeans brand Blackhorse Lane Ateliers.

Blackhorse Lane Ateliers is a UK-based premium selvedge and organic raw denim jeans brand. It was founded in 2016 by Han Ates, who has over 25 years experience in the textiles industry, and is located in a renovated 1920s factory building with a distinctive profile in Walthamstow, North London. Blackhorse Lane Ateliers is committed to implementing a sustainable and ethical production model. This began with with the growing of Japanese Indigo in their factory allotment, the use of organic materials, using denim woven in Europe and a lifetime repair policy. StudioSmall worked with Han on developing brand identity, this included logo design, packaging, labelling and e-commerce website.

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Trika by Bunch, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Trika is an interior design company, working on both public and private spaces, with a showroom and studio in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. They represent furniture and equipment manufacturers such as Billiani, Enea and Federicia, amongst many others, whose brand names are described as being synonyms for quality, comfort and design.

Graphic design studio Bunch worked with Trika to develop a new brand identity. This included logotype, business cards, notebooks, tote bag and website. Bunch’s work frames some lovely project photography and distils down modern contemporary interior and furniture design into a simple and functional graphic expression, elevated by material detail.

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