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Hidraulik by Hey, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Hidraulik x Hey, a new range of 100% PVC floor and table mats inspired by 20th century modernism

Hidraulik is a Barcelona-based business producing floor mats, table mats and runners for contemporary spaces. These are inspired by cement panels hydraulically pressed, rather than fired, with a layer of coloured pigment.

Hydraulic panels originated in the 1850’s and experienced a resurgence in the mid 20th century. At that time they would often feature brightly coloured and detailed patterns, and were popular during an era of personalisation and interior self-expression. Hidraulik brings these right up to date, applying a similar aesthetic quality to a thin, flexible and moveable PVC surface.

The first range was made up of Art Nouveau-inspired prints designed in house, and was followed up by modernist-inspired prints created by Huaman, the graphic design studio also responsible for Hidraulik’s brand identity and packaging.

This week sees the launch of Hidrualik’s latest range, created by Barcelona-based graphic design studio Hey. These build on the retrospective references of Huaman’s designs but with some of the idiosyncrasies of Hey’s own work, often convivial in colour, form and composition. Hydraulic describe this new range as diverging from but still honouring something of the modernist traditions that inspires the brand.

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Jalm & B by Kontrapunkt, Denmark

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand Identity and packaging for Danish bakery brand Jalm & B by Kontrapunkt

Jalm & B is a collaborative effort between baking experts Il Fornaio and Trianon to bring the taste and quality of big city bakeries to people throughout Denmark with a range of premium frozen products that can be freshly baked at home. Copenhagen and Tokyo-based graphic design studio and packaging specialist Kontrapunkt worked with the brand to convey the baking heritage of those behind it through naming, and the craft and quality of the range through image, illustration, type, colour, layout and structure.

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Ramlösa Kvarn by Amore, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging for Swedish flour business Ramlösa Kvarn by Amore.

Ramlösa Kvarn is a family owned business that has been grinding flours for Swedish bakers since 1973. The company are flour experts, working to create a range of artisanal products specifically for breads, pizzas and pastry, and taking flours that were previously a professional secret and branding and packaging these for the broader consumer market. This branding and packaging was reworked in 2016 by Scandinavian graphic design studio and packaging specialist Amore, who replaced a tired and familiar design approach with one of distinction and individuality.

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