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Neighbourhood by Ahoy, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo and signage for Manchester restaurant, bar and club Neighbourhood by Ahoy, United Kingdom

Neighbourhood is a restaurant, bar and club, located in the centre of Manchester, with a vibrant and eclectic interior inspired by New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas dining scenes. This is brought to life through the juxtaposition of bright neon signage and indoor foliage alongside the more classical qualities of copper fixtures and fittings, marble surfaces and velvet upholstered furniture. This contrast is also expressed throughout Neighbourhood’s brand identity, developed by Manchester and Liverpool-based studio Ahoy, in contrasting colour choice, type and pattern. This links business cards, packaging, menus and interior graphics, and coincided with an extensive refurbishment of the restaurant.

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Bier Bier by Tsto, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding, logotype and beer mats for Helsinki based beer bar Bier Bier by Finnish graphic design studio Tsto

Bier Bier is located on the ground floor of a striking Art Nouveau building in the centre of Helsinki, and part of The We Are Group, alongside wine bar Vin Vin, restaurant Story and wine importer and wholesaler Viinitie. It has over 100 different types of beer and an interior of dark wood panels and carved frames, ocean green walls, light wood tiled flooring, tan and dark leather upholstered furniture, exposed bulbs and copper detailing. Bier Bier also features a new brand identity created by graphic design studio Tsto, which included custom typography and extends across coasters, neon and backlit signage.

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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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