BPO


Helbers by Only, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype and black block foiled tags by Leeds-based graphic design studio Only for Parisian menswear label Helbers

Helbers is a Parisian menswear label created by Paul Helbers, the former Head of Menswear at Maison Margiela and ex-Menswear Director at Louis Vuitton. The label has a carefully curated lookbook of garments and footwear with an unpolished elegance, and feature a subtle contrast of materials. Helbers has secured early acclaim for his AW16 collection, and is due to appear in stores around the world in the coming weeks.

Paul worked with Leeds-based graphic design studio Only to create a brand identity that would clearly express the meeting of what the studio describe as the contemporary and the antiquarian, craftsmanship and utility. This is visually articulated in the simplicity and materiality of identity, type contrast and a limited colour palette that runs across a variety of assets. These included tags, labels, stationery, business cards, hangers, packaging, lookbook and responsive website.

Continue reading this article


Vinoteca by dn&co, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and menu design for London restaurant group Vinoteca by British graphic design studio dn&co.

Vinoteca is a group of London based restaurants, founded by business partners and friends Brett Woonton and Charlie Young, that were inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy. Aside from the restaurant experience, and as a testament to the quality of their wine list, these restaurants also operate as local wine retailers.

dn&co. were commissioned to refresh and formalise Vinoteca’s brand identity. With an emphasis on balance and clarity, and a desire to convey Vinoteca’s welcoming and easily digestible take on the complex world of wine, dn&co., in opposition to the simplicity and clinicality often favoured by similarly positioned restaurants, embraces material colour and texture, typographic reduction and flourish, space and rich photography. This extends across menus, wine lists and labels, business cards and website.

Continue reading this article


The Promontory by Dan Blackman, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, menus and coasters designed by Dan Blackman for Chicago restaurant, bar and entertainment venue The Promontory

The Promontory is an American bar, restaurant and entertainment venue located on Chicago’s Lake Park Ave. It has an interior that mixes urban details such as neon signage and concrete floors with the industrial qualities of exposed beams and utilities, the earthy textures of freshly cut logs, light wood tables and dark wood panelling, and the craft associated with traditionally made furniture. The restaurant also features a modern hearth of brick and stainless steel. This interior is a reflection of the restaurant’s menu which is described as being made up of “contemporary American food highlighting historic dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven”.

The Promontory’s brand identity, created by New York based Dan Blackman and extending across menus, coasters and signage, draws on the cues set by the interior design through type contrast, but also introduces a current sense of craft through paper choice, hand stamped finishes, material texture and illustration.

Continue reading this article