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Rimowa by Commission, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Wordmark designed by Bureau Borsche & Commission studio for functional luxury luggage manufacturer Rimowa

Rimowa, an abbreviation and then compound of founder Richard Morszeck Warenzeichen name, is a Cologne-based manufacturer of luxury luggage. It has a significant history, beginning in 1898 as a travel and leather goods maker known for its innovative approach, and growing to become an international brand with a distinctive line of polycarbonate and aluminium products.

Rimowa’s first fully aluminium designs were created following a fire in 1937. This destroyed all the materials except for the metal and led to the development of durable and lightweight aluminium product which is now complemented by an equally lightweight and durable range constructed from polycarbonate. Both feature Rimowa’s distinctive ribbed relief across their surfaces.

To help reaffirm Rimowa’s position as a global leader and celebrate its 120th year, Commission worked with Chief Executive Alexandre Arnault and Chief Brand Officer Hector Muelas to develop a new “timeless” and “stylish” graphic identity to support future activities and deliver a considered and cohesive brand experience for Rimowa customers.

Commission introduce a monogram, new typographic style, colour palette and pattern motif to the wordmark designed by Munich-based Bureau Borsche. And through graphic identity, material language and mechanism link a variety of touch points. These include packaging, retail experience and in-luggage items, as well as gift boxes, retail bags, owner manuals, guarantee cards, luggage tags, dust bags and liquids bags.

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Whitlam Place by Studio Hi Ho, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

A suite of two brochures designed by Studio Hi Ho for Fitzroy development Whitlam Place

Whitlam Place is a collection of eleven residencies located in Fitzroy, Melbourne, developed by Milieu Properties and completed this year. The residencies are described as being ideally positioned within a leafy pocket of the city’s most vibrant cultural precinct, and feature views of the adjacent Whitlam Place gardens, Fitzroy Town Hall and city skyline. the residencies were designed to engage with the historic surroundings through the texture of their oxidized exterior and the use of oversized glass panels.

Whitlam Place is the product of a two-part design philosophy and strategic action of extended reflection and considered response. This is expressed by two documents, created by Melbourne-based design studio Studio Hi Ho, that made up part of a wider marketing campaign. The first document, Reflection, outlined the thinking, inspiration and rationale of the project through essay and image. The second, Response, presented the outcome through renders and a material expense rooted in the residencies quality, detail and richness of form. Although this project was completed in 2015, this is the first time it has been published online in its entirety.

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Volcano At Home by Commission, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird

Coffee packaging design by Commission for small-batch, Nespresso-compatible, fair trade coffee pods Volcano At Home

Volcano At Home is an ethically traded coffee range, roasted in small batches by a dedicated team, and sold in 100% compostable Nespresso-compatible pods. The range has been created for the retail, subscription and wholesale markets and is available in three varieties, Bold Morning Shot, Balanced All Day and Reserve Rich And Sweet. Volcano At Home is the latest venture of London-based independent coffee roasters Volcano Coffee Works and features a distinctive packaging design, developed by Commission, that draws on the science, craft and character of the brand and its products.

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