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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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Electric Ink by Robot Food, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging for tattoo care range Electric Ink by Leeds-based design studio Robot Food.

With the rise in the popularity of tattoos and the lack of credible long-term care products, Leeds-based design studio Robot Food formulated, branded and packaged Electric Ink, a tattoo care range for the mainstream market. The range includes a serum that enhances colour, an oil that delivers a freshly-inked look, and a daily moisturiser. Each feature distinctive packaging that draws on and honours the counter-cultural tradition of tattooing and acknowledges its move into the mainstream. Electric Ink will launch mid-March and be available throughout the United Kingdom from Superdrug, selected tattoo and barber shops, as well as fashion retailers.

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Modern by Dwell Magazine by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging by New York design studio Collins for product and furniture range Modern by Dwell Magazine, a collaboration with Target.

Modern by Dwell Magazine is a new range of home decor products, tablewear and furnishings for those who want to create a welcoming space with a modern aesthetic. It is a collaborative project between design and architecture magazine Dwell, designers Chris Deam and Nick Dine of Deam+Dine, and the American retailer Target.

The range features over 120 products. From chairs, tables and glassware to kitchen utensils, bowls and cocktail shakers. These all balance an everyday functionality with what is described as a high-quality material beauty and share a modernistic design foundation, good design for everyone, only truly made a reality with more recent improvements to mass manufacturing.

New York-based design company Collins, working with the Target Creative Team, drew on a similar modernistic approach taken by Modern’s designers to create brand identity and packaging. This can be seen in structure and high quality materials, and throughout the range’s graphic expression, a balance of high-impact colour, typographical detail and a practical grid-based layout.

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Suomen Jäätelö by Werklig, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and package design by Helsinki-based Werklig for Finnish ice cream brand Suomen Jäätelö

Suomen Jäätelö is a super-premium ice cream brand currently available in five flavours and a sorbet. These include Milk, Pistachio, Vanilla and Chocolate made from Finncattle milk, a Rhubarb sorbet and Spruce created in collaboration with iconic furniture maker Artek. Although ice cream is internationally ubiquitous, Suomen Jäätelö is described as having a distinctively Finnish character. This is expressed throughout its brand identity, developed by Helsinki-based Werklig, in its balance of unique structure, use of space and pattern, modern logo, type contrast, and a still life approach to art direction.

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