Slåke is a small furniture manufacturer, located in Norway’s Hjelmeland, with a heritage that dates back to 1938. Although it produces a variety of contemporary pieces it is also known throughout Scandinavia for making jærstol, a traditional, high quality, wood and reed chair.
As part of its 75th anniversary Slåke commissioned Ghost to develop a new brand identity—which went on to include logotype, stationery, print and website design—that would reflect its continued commitment to the creation of new classics, influenced by the ‘Nordic design language’, and crafted by its team of ‘young, innovative designers’, and to safeguard its heritage whilst looking to the future.
Freies Theater Hannover offers a diverse programme of classical and contemporary theatre, multimedia productions, musical experiments, modern dance and educational initiatives for both children and adults that take place across many of Hannover’s independent theatres.
Bureau Hardy Seiler, working in collaboration with Created by Monkeys, was recently commissioned by the organisation to develop a new brand identity solution that would unite the diverse programme and the variety of locations under one unified visual system, deliver a recognisable visual impact across the city and convey some of the emotion of live performance. This was achieved through the juxtaposition of sans-serif and serif typography, bright geometric illustrative detail, black ink and unprinted white space across a stationery set and a bi-monthly mailer that doubles as a poster.
U2 is a cyclist-friendly retail and hospitality destination, located in the Japanese city of Onomichi, made up of shops, bakeries, restaurants and hotels. Design studio UMA were recently commissioned to develop a visual identity for U2′s Hotel Cycle as part of a larger brand identity project that covered a variety of spaces, packaging and signage within the complex.
UMA’S brand identity solution for the hotel appropriately compliments an interior juxtaposition of contemporary utility (exposed concrete and steel) alongside traditional warmth (wood panelling, classic lamps and low lighting) with a functional sans-serif typeface, a logotype set across a curved baseline, reductionist iconography and the quality of what looks like a brushed bronze material choice.
Pure Design Consultancy is a small Leeds based independent interior design studio, working within the retail, leisure, office and exhibition sectors, that provide its clients with conceptual thinking and project management services.
Pure’s new brand identity, which included logo, stationery, print and website design by Passport, focuses on the concept of purity, elemental materials and minerals, and conveys these through a combination of alabaster, copper, black and white substrate choices, an austere approach to typography and plenty of unprinted space.
March has been a slow month for new work, however, there were five projects that really stood out for me that have made it into BP&O’s top five, a feature that brings together what I believe to be the most interesting for another opportunity to be seen and shared.
Mendeli Street is a city-beach hotel, designed by BK Architects, that celebrates the modern spirit of Tel-Aviv. Design studio Koniak developed a brand identity for the hotel, which included a logotype, stationery set, key cards, door-hangers and website, that reflect its contemporary qualities and the bright sunny climate of its location.
Molly Watson aids business leaders in the development and deployment of communication strategies that ‘accelerate and enrich the delivery of their goals’. Molly recently commissioned London-based design agency Studio Blackburn to help articulate this business proposition and to stand out through the creation of a new brand identity that included a logotype, yet-to-launch website, stationery, business cards, templates and CV design.
Dr. Ksenija Magašić Pinezić provides affordable dental services locally and to international dental tourists in a warm and friendly practice located in the Croatian coastal city of Rijeka. Design agency Studio8585 recently worked with Ksenija to develop a new brand identity solution—which went on to include a logo, stationery set and responsive website—that would take advantage of a lengthy name.