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Markus Form by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and business card designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist for Swedish furniture business Markus Form

Markus Form is a contemporary furniture company, founded with the intention of revitalising Sweden’s furniture industry, and with an ambition to produce relevant, practical and easy to match designs that are durable and sustainable. The company’s furniture will also draw on a significant Swedish and Scandinavian design culture and heritage that unites ergonomics, functionality, craftsmanship and a good working knowledge of materials, whilst also being individualistic. Markus Form describe their philosophy as one that takes on greater challenges than those posed by form and finish, and acknowledges furniture as an architectonic component that has to handle scale and other spatial conditions and addresses everyday needs.

These values are the basis of Markus Form’s brand identity, developed by graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist, and expressed using reductive, geometric, typographic shape and its consistent application, an appropriate use of space, proportion and layout, detail and the absence of detail, print finish and the distinctive and contextual qualities of still life photography. The project included business cards, postcards, tags, labels, folders and website.

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Room Essentials by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, photography and packaging by Collins for Target's modernistic home furnishings range Room Essentials

Room Essentials is a line of modernist home furnishings created and sold by American retailer Target. The range covers over 2,000 products across 60 categories, and includes items such as blankets, lighting, chairs, tables and tableware.

While securing significant revenue for the retailer, the range has, over the last five years, experienced a downturn in sales generated by its Millennial demographic. With this in mind, and with the intention of recapturing the enthusiasm for and interest in the range, Target commissioned New York based Collins to reimagine Room Essential’s brand identity.

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Designtorget by Kurppa Hosk, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, print and packaging by Kurppa Hosk for Swedish contemporary furniture, art and design curator and retailer Designtorget

Designtorget is a Swedish design store and brand founded by architect Jerry Hellström in 1993 with the intention of making the very best contemporary furniture, arts and design from across the country available to the mass market. It now has 16 stores throughout Norway and Sweden and a broad catalogue of functional, high-quality products, selected by jury, produced by both unknown and established designers, and considered creative, innovative and have their own history. The brand is actively involved in the design community, committed to helping emerging designers, and has become an important driver behind the growing popularity of Swedish design.

Designtorget worked with Stockholm based graphic design studio Kurppa Hosk to redesign its brand identity in a way that would secure the store a more contemporary look and feel. This went on to include logotype, a flexible animated logo, bags, tags, stationery, package design and brand book.

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