Text by Richard Baird.
Oji is a sushi brand of firsts. It is the first in New Zealand to use fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging and the first to use all free-range products. This is a significant move forward and marks the brand out from well-established competitors. Oji opened in New Zealand with two locations in Auckland’s Commercial Bay, a place where they source their salmon, with the intention of franchising and developing smaller service station, mall and food court concessions in the future.
With a desire to attract attention, to be recognised as a fun and memorable brand and differentiate it from other sushi chains in the country, whilst channelling something of the Japanese culture, Oji worked with Seachange to create its brand identity. Following a trip to Japan, and inspired by colliding worlds of tranquility, craft and refinement, vibrancy, neon and pop, the studio developed a visual language of character and characters. These boldly link the biodegradable packaging with interior graphics, menus, signage and website.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Lagotto is a new all-day café, wine bar and food store situated inside Nth Fitzroy, a residential property development project from Milieu located at the heart of Melbourne’s, inner north. Named after the truffle-hunting Italian dog breed, the café offers a relaxed European surrounding in which to enjoy an Italian menu with a “joyful vibrancy that avoids kitschiness or pastiche”. Studio Hi Ho, also responsible for the visual identity of the Nth Fitzroy development, was commissioned to put forward a proposal for Lagotto that would resonate with the distinctive interior design scheme, the local community’s tastes and Mediterranean migrant history. This was achieved through type pairing, materiality and playful illustration by Ted Parker.