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Baluna by Grupa by Bunch

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Die cut cover and brochure designed by Bunch for furniture design and manufacturer Grupa's new light Baluna

Grupa is an award-winning design studio and manufacturer of handmade furniture and lighting products for home, office and hospitality spaces. Building on over a decade worth of experience Grupa branched out into own brand products in 2012.

From drawing board to design and development, production, packaging and distribution, the company has developed a total design philosophy and a product range that brings together and expresses everything that inspires the team at Grupa. Their products are distinguished by an innovative and concise material and form language, a clear functionality and a flexibility of situation and movement. Baluna, a free-standing or wall and ceiling-mounted light captures this spirit. Its silent dimmer, blown glass opal diffuser and LED bulb deliver a consistent level of light dispersion while a telescopic bar and 360-degree rotational axis offer swift and broad adjustments.

To promote Baluna Grupa worked with graphic design studio Bunch to develop a communications pack and packaging. This takes the distinctive interplay of light and shadow, form and surface, flexibility and utility that characterises the light and develops a distinctive graphic and material expression.

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Hages by The Studio

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo, stationery, bags, signage and t-shirts by The Studio for Stockholm-based independent electronics retailer Hages

Hages began selling shortwave radios in Stockholm during the 1940s and is one of the oldest of its kind in Sweden. While the retailing of electronic goods has changed dramatically, sold increasingly online and on price by large chains, Hages has remained true to an independent spirit and established and developed a solid reputation.

To coincide with the opening of their second store, Stockholm based The Studio worked with Hages to develop a new graphic identity, moving it from Hages TV & Video to Hage, creating a modern and reductive visual expression and reinforcing this through repetition across signage, stationery, business cards, t-shirts and bags.

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The Clydeside Distillery by Manual

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo, custom typeface, exhibition design and packaging by Manual for The Clydeside Distillery

The Clydeside Distillery was set up in 2014 with the intention of reviving distilling in Glasgow and telling the story of Scottish Whisky through a visitor’s centre. The distillery was set up by the Morrison’s, a family with a century-long history within the Scottish Whisky industry as both owners and operators.

San Francisco based Manual travelled to Glasgow to work closely with founders, architects and experience designers over a three year period to develop a brand that would live up to and bring to light a rich city heritage of industry and export through a broad variety of visual communications and material experiences. This included logo and a custom typeface, packaging and signage.

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