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M11 studio by Inhouse, New Zealand

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity for Auckland-based luxe salon M11 designed by Inhouse, New Zealand

M11 studio is a luxe salon, located in the heart of the fashion, shopping and entertainment district of Newmarket, Auckland, that references the refinery of a Tom Ford fashion boutique. It has a well-proportioned, spacious, linear and light filled interior of large mirrors, strip and spot lighting, white and black walls, gold fixtures, concrete surfaces and robust furniture developed by architects Young + Richards and designer Lauren Hare.

This mix of contemporary space and luxe service is expressed through the structure, colour and materiality of the salon’s brand identity, created by graphic design studio Inhouse, in the form and construction of the logo, the finish of printed collateral, the application of window graphics and the material of exterior signage.

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Hato by Allink, Switzerland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, stationery and business cards for fine dining Asian restaurant Hato designed by Allink, Switzerland

Hato is a fine dining restaurant with locations in Zürich and further south in the resort town of St. Moritz. It has a menu of refined Asian cuisine, a rich interior design and a brand identity, created by Swiss graphic design studio Allink, inspired by the creativity of chef Nathan Dallimore. Allink describe their work for Hato as expressing playful and artistic qualities. This links a variety of printed collateral, which included stationery, menus and business cards, but also permeates interior, with the logo worked into partitions, table surfaces and window decals.

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Paul’s at Haymarket by 25AH, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branded bill clip for Stockholm-based restaurant Paul's at Haymarket by 25AH, Sweden

Paul’s is a restaurant located in the Haymarket hotel which is situated at the heart of the Swedish capital of Stockholm. The restaurant is named after Paul U. Bergström, founder of a well-known department store that previously occupied the building, and features a distinctive period interior of bent wood chairs, white tiles, leather banquette seating, marble surfaces and art deco-inspired flourishes. This is a reflection of Paul’s menu which is inspired by classical European cuisine and the American grill from the turn of the century.

Scandinavian graphic design studio 25AH created a visual identity for Paul’s that although simple in its graphic expression, draws on Haymarket’s signage, unchanged since the 1920s, the history of the building, the restaurant’s period interior and its European and American menu. This is expressed through type, neon signage and materiality which links rich interior design with a more restrained set of printed materials that included matchbooks, menus, postcards, tableware and bill clips.

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