Text by Richard Baird
EDIYA is a well-established South Korean coffee brand, with franchised stores and array of drinks and branded products. It has the largest number of stores, exceeding that of Starbucks and any other international brands, opening its 3000th store at the end of 2019. With such a strong foothold in the market, and with the rise of at-home and ready-to-drink variations of large coffee store brands internationally, EDIYA sought to develop this within the national market, recognising that, with the current income levels in Korea, there was space to expand into the home-brewed coffee market.
Through the day-to-day operation of its stores which afford it a real-time understanding of market shifts and changes in consumption and demand, EDIYA has developed deep regional insights. This is paired with a full end-to-end production capability, from raw material sourcing to processing, to roasting to product develop in its own coffee lab. Drawing on this experience EDIYA created BEANIST, a new home brewing brand. And worked with Studio fnt to create branding and packaging. The studio sought to maintain EDIYA’s brand equity, drawing on aspects of the company’s coffee shop store signage, and give this new brand a clear presence within the competitive instant coffee market through a striking intersection of form, colour and communication.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Åhléns began in 1899 as a small mail-order business. Aside from it being one of the oldest it has also grown to become one of the largest retail chains in Sweden. By carefully collating a variety of items across brands and price categories, the retailer maintains its relevance today, understanding and responding to the many ways in which its customers have changed over its long history. Happy FB, the Scandinavian design studio behind Åhléns new visual identity, puts it simply “to Åhléns’ urbane and socially conscious patrons, shopping and sustainability are not contradictions. Inspiration and trends do not equate to use and discard. Premium can be inexpensive and cheap doesn’t necessarily mean a drop in quality”. The retailer’s new visual identity expresses this by taking the well-established Åhléns wordmark and single red and builds this out into a range of changing graphic expressions, imbuing a variety of touchpoints, material and digital, with more character whilst retaining a recognisable immediacy through simplicity.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Tea & Glory are loose-leaf tea experts and are described as the antithesis of fast-paced coffee culture. In the same spirit of ancient tea drinking rituals, the brand is interested in the continued promotion of slow-living, a lifestyle that seeks to place more focus on the small details and experiences of everyday life. With a desire to better express this position Tea & Glory worked with London-based design studio Socio Design to develop a visual identity, packaging system and interior signage that connects retail and hospitality experience, and that materially projects their ethos outside of the T&G space. Assets included loose tea pouches and boxes, takeaway cups and shopping bags. These are linked by a T&G logo, Klim Type Foundry’s Domaine Display, Sans and Condensed, a pastel colour palette, copper block foiling and a delicate pattern.