Opinion by Richard Baird.
Grupa is an award-winning design studio and manufacturer of handmade furniture and lighting products for home, office and hospitality spaces. Building on over a decade worth of experience Grupa branched out into own brand products in 2012.
From drawing board to design and development, production, packaging and distribution, the company has developed a total design philosophy and a product range that brings together and expresses everything that inspires the team at Grupa. Their products are distinguished by an innovative and concise material and form language, a clear functionality and a flexibility of situation and movement. Baluna, a free-standing or wall and ceiling-mounted light captures this spirit. Its silent dimmer, blown glass opal diffuser and LED bulb deliver a consistent level of light dispersion while a telescopic bar and 360-degree rotational axis offer swift and broad adjustments.
To promote Baluna Grupa worked with graphic design studio Bunch to develop a communications pack and packaging. This takes the distinctive interplay of light and shadow, form and surface, flexibility and utility that characterises the light and develops a distinctive graphic and material expression.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Hages began selling shortwave radios in Stockholm during the 1940s and is one of the oldest of its kind in Sweden. While the retailing of electronic goods has changed dramatically, sold increasingly online and on price by large chains, Hages has remained true to an independent spirit and established and developed a solid reputation.
To coincide with the opening of their second store, Stockholm based The Studio worked with Hages to develop a new graphic identity, moving it from Hages TV & Video to Hage, creating a modern and reductive visual expression and reinforcing this through repetition across signage, stationery, business cards, t-shirts and bags.
Selected by Richard Baird.
July’s highlights included Commission Studio’s work for Institute, Francesc Moret Studio’s packaging for The Living Food, and Hey’s custom typeface for literature festival Kosmopolis. There were, however, five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series. These typically balance a strong singular concept, or an appropriate confluence of ideas, with a compelling stylistic character and clear communicative intention that appropriately plays with form, colour, type and layout, as well as material, texture, image and print finish.
Throughout the month BP&O also continued to expand on its collections series as another way to jump through to older posts on the site. New additions include Property and Furniture. Updated projects included Bunch’s work for Galerija Kranjčar.