Åhléns Hem by Twenty-five Art House, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Sign design and wayfinding for Ahlens Hem by 25AH

Åhléns is a department store and one of Sweden’s leading retailers. It has locations in many of the cities across the country, with 18 in Stockholm alone, and also trades in neighbouring Norway. Åhléns has a significant history, beginning life as a mail-order business in 1899, and moving into low-cost retail in 1964. It now stocks up-market products across the beauty, fashion, home and media markets.

Scandinavian design studio Twenty-five Art House was commissioned to develop a new concept for Åhléns’ in-store communication and wayfinding across its Home department, and delivered a solution based around signage, patterns and custom typography with the intention of both guiding and inspiring.

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Moomin & Moomin Shop by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Packaging for Moomin Shop by graphic design studio Bond, Finland

The Moomins are characters from a book, picture book and comic book series created by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson. These were published in Sweden and Finland between 1945 and 1993. Alongside the comic strip, the characters have also featured in their own television series and film, and populate the theme park, Moomin World, on the Finnish island of Kailo. Today, the Moomins are an established brand with an international reach and an increasing license-based product portfolio that exists across a variety of categories.

Finnish graphic design studio Bond, who are fans of the Moomins, were hired t0 develop packaging for Moomin Shops across Finland, and establish brand guidelines for licensees and licensed products within the international fast moving consumer goods market.

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BP&O Collections — Brochures No.4

Curated by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O — Brochures No.4

The fourth collection of brochures, lookbooks, prospectuses, newsletters, brand guidelines and catalogues published on BP&O. These mix layout, material choice and print finish, and between them effectively utilise colour, type, image, texture and paper contrast to communicate and compel, and contribute to a distinctive brand identity. This selection features uncoated and coated papers, spot colours, surface embosses, foils, metallic inks, dyed and bleached boards, and work by graphic design studios Bravo, Mucho, Bunch and Maud, amongst many others.

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