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Essem Design Product Catalogue 2018 by Bedow

Opinion by Richard Baird

Design illustration and art direction by Bedow for Essem Design's 2018 product catalogue

In 2014 Bedow worked with Essem Design, a Swedish manufacturer of artisanal hallway products and furniture, to develop a new graphic identity. This included logotype, adverts, catalogue, product sheet and stationery design. The concept was based around the simple gesture “Hej—Hej då”, hello and goodbye in Swedish and a reference to the most common phrase used in the hallway.

This verbal gesture was visualised using Commercial Type’s Dala Moa, paired with Futura, and played out across a brochure and stationery set of white and unbleached papers. The result balanced a playful and personable expression with the functional and crafted. This is expanded on and further explored throughout Essem Design’s 2018 product catalogue, also designed by Bedow, in the approach to art direction, colour, form and illustration.

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Lukas/Markus – Kalle Sanner by Lundgren+Lindqvist

Opinion by Richard Baird

Semi-transparent foil embossed cover designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Kalle Sanner's photographic project Lukas/Markus

Lukas/Markus is a decade-long photographic project by Kalle Sanner shot with a large format camera and exploring the mirrored and connected chapels of Saint Lukas and Saint Markus designed by architect Sven Brolid. The structure was built during the 1960s, a period when Swedish functionalism was at its height, and is located in the Western Cemetery of Gothenburg.

The book, released May 2018 and co-published by ll’Editions and Blackbook Publications, exists in two versions. The first is an 82 page cloth-bound hardcover trade edition that measures 200 x 223 mm and the second is a special edition housed within a handmade clamshell box that includes an embroidered handker­chief and one of three c-prints signed and numbered by the photographer. Both of these books were designed by Scandinavian studio Lundgren+Lindqvist.

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Enter Arkitektur by Lundgren+Lindqvist

Opinion by Richard Baird

Logo and hand-bound notebooks designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Swedish architecture studio Lundgren+Lindqvist

Enter Arkitektur is a Swedish two-office architectural practice located in the cities of Jönköping and Gothenburg. It has a rich history that goes back to the 1950’s and a portfolio that moves between residential housing and commercial building projects.

In response to restructuring and expansion, the practice worked with Lundgren+Lindqvist to develop a graphic identity that would better represent their legacy, contemporary structures and forward outlook. This builds out the arrow of their original identity—maintaining some form of continuity—into a more distinctive and immediate architectural motif, pairing this with type, introducing a broader colour palette and creating a new online platform to showcase Enter Arkitektur’s work.

To mark the launch of their new graphic identity, Lundgren+Lindqvist developed a range of gifts. These included illustrative A5 postcards, gift wrap to coincide with Christmas, knitted scarves, silkscreened tote bags and hand-bound notebooks alongside more formal documents and assets such as brand guidelines, stationery set, business cards and website.

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