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Otium by Sagmeister & Walsh, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, logo and stationery design by New York based Sagmeister & Walsh for contemporary restaurant Otium

Otium is a contemporary restaurant developed by American chef and restaurateur Timothy Hollingsworth. It is located in downtown LA and has a menu of rustic dishes made from sustainable ingredients grown on its mezzanine level and cooked over a wood fire. The restaurant features an open kitchen that merges indoor and outdoor spaces, created with the communal areas of its neighbours, The Broad Museum of Contemporary Art and Grand Avenue, in mind. This is also expressed in the name, rooted in Latin, which describes a place of leisurely social activity, and throughout its brand identity, which intended to bring the outdoors in. This is achieved using a mix of materials across packaging, menus, stationery, coasters and business cards, subtly expressed by a simple logo, and more explicitly as a large and detailed mural, all created by New York based graphic design studio Sagmeister & Walsh.

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Madrina by Mast, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and menu with gold foil detail for French inspired Mexican restaurant Madrina designed by Mast

Madrina is a Dallas based Mexican restaurant with a menu that plays with French culinary influences and Mexican tradition. The restaurant has a distinctive interior of exposed concrete beams, delicate gold light fixtures, leather upholstered chairs, beveled mirrors and tiled flooring. Like the menu, the interior is a fusion of influences, yet remains cohesive and distinctive. American graphic design studio Mast set out to create a brand identity that would align with this unique combination of cultures and would link in with interior detail. This extended across business cards, menus and signage.

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Tidningshuset by Pontus by Bold, Sweden

playOpinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity, print and packaging for Stockholm lunch restaurant Tidningshuset by Pontus by Bold, Sweden

Tidningshuset by Pontus is a 1000 m2 lunch restaurant, deli and bakery committed to sustainability, simplicity and quality, and was developed by famous Swedish chef and restauranteur Pontus Frithiof with the intention of challenging industry conventions.

The restaurant is on the ground floor of a building owned by Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s largest daily newspaper, which is situated in the newspaper district of Stockholm. Inspired by this unique location, Scandinavian graphic design studio Bold created a visual identity for Tidningshuset by Pontus that references the traditional mastheads and contemporary headlines of the newspaper industry. This is visualised through type contrast, a single ink print finish and dramatic signage.

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