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REF by Kurppa Hosk, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity designed by Scandinavian studio Kurppa Hosk for Swedish hair care brand REF

REF is an environmentally conscientious Swedish hair care brand with a range of products that are made from high quality organic ingredients. With a desire to enter the international market of the US and further into the Nordic regions, both dominated by well-established FMCG, Scandinavian design studio Kurppa Hosk were commissioned to rejuvenate REF’s visual identity. This included packaging design, art direction, stationery, business cards and web design. These are linked by what the studio describe as a system of simplistic graphic elements and a modest earthy colour palette.

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Enea by Clase bcn, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and stationery for furniture design and manufacturing business Enea designed by Clase bcn

Enea is a contemporary furniture manufacturer, located in Spain’s Basque Country, collaborating with respected designers such as Josep Lluscá, Gabriel Teixidó and the trio Lievore Alhterr Molina. Enea has a distinctive catalogue of versatile, comfortable and durable products, developed for both the private and commercial markets, with unique character in their play with form, colour and texture.

With a desire to differentiate itself from its competitors, and with the intentions of avoiding industry clichés, Enea worked with Barcelona-based graphic design studio Clase bcn to create a new visual identity that would articulate, through image and type, colour and materiality, the company’s Basque origin and unique products in a distinctive and contemporary fashion and, using a striking spartan style, reference industrial manufacturing.

The project extended to business cards, brand guidelines, product brochures and company catalogue, and was launched alongside Enea’s latest range which coincided with the Milan Furniture Fair.

This post, an update to the original from 2015, features all new project images, a more extensive look at art direction, stationery and both product and company brochures, photographed as part of Clase bcn’s new website.

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Summerhill Market by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype, illustration and notecards designed by Canadian studio Blok for Toronto based boutique grocery store Summerhill Market

Summerhill Market is a family-run business, managed by the third generation, with premises on Toronto’s Summerhill Avenue and a smaller location—a floral boutique—on Mt. Pleasant Rd. The store has 200 employees, a butchers, bakery and deli, a BBQ in the summer and offers a variety of catering services.

Summerhill Market is admired for its high quality products, and its ability—since 1954—to consistently redefine what it means to be a boutique grocery store. Its commitment to quality is reflected in its extensive range of own-brand products, developed by an in-house executive chef and a team of 80.

With the intention of giving the store a more contemporary voice whilst maintaining its warmth, Canadian studio Blok developed a new brand identity of pastel colour, sans-serif type, moments of illustrative texture and a labelling system that links an extensive line of own brand products. As well as this, Blok also delivered assets that included business cards and stickers, packaging design, branded tote bag and notecards.

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