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Vinoteca by dn&co, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and menu design for London restaurant group Vinoteca by British graphic design studio dn&co.

Vinoteca is a group of London based restaurants, founded by business partners and friends Brett Woonton and Charlie Young, that were inspired by the wine bars of Spain and Italy. Aside from the restaurant experience, and as a testament to the quality of their wine list, these restaurants also operate as local wine retailers.

dn&co. were commissioned to refresh and formalise Vinoteca’s brand identity. With an emphasis on balance and clarity, and a desire to convey Vinoteca’s welcoming and easily digestible take on the complex world of wine, dn&co., in opposition to the simplicity and clinicality often favoured by similarly positioned restaurants, embraces material colour and texture, typographic reduction and flourish, space and rich photography. This extends across menus, wine lists and labels, business cards and website.

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Background Bars by Campbell Hay, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

White ink and blind embossed business cards by Campbell Hay for bar, staff and equipment hire business Background Bars

Background Bars provides bar, bar staff and equipment hire, pop-up and permanent bar design services, seasonal cocktail creation, bar management for corporate occasions, festivals, weddings and private parties, and income and report analysis. Alongside these, Background Bars also functions as a creative agency, helping brands to deliver compelling live events. Its visual identity, inspired by the name and which included website, art direction and business cards that feature white ink and a blind emboss detail, was developed by the London based graphic design studio Campbell Hay.

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Marbella Club designed by Pentagram

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo designed by Pentagram for Spanish hotel, golf club and spa resort Marbella Club

Marbella Club is a hotel, spa and golf resort located in the Spanish coastal city of Marbella, on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. Built as the private residence of Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, and converted by the prince into an exclusive, private hotel and retreat in 1957, Marbella Club has a significant heritage, one that has played host to royalty, stars of the silver screen, and legends of the music business.

While perhaps some of the glamour of 1950’s and 60’s Hollywood has left us, Pentagram’s new brand identity treatment, directed by John Rushworth and coinciding with Marbella Club’s sixtieth birthday and recent refurbishment, captures some of the qualities of the period and confidently plays with nostalgia, glamour and legacy with a current precision. This occurs in print through texture, colour, photography and symbology, and online with a detailed timeline component.

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