Opinion by Robert Holmkvist.
Merchants of Beverage is an online service that aims to make buying and gifting luxury items easy. Products include wines, spirits and Champagne’s, as well as hand-blown crystal stemware and professional barware. Each item has been handpicked and curated by a team of experts and sourced from a variety of international artisans. The service’s new brand identity, which included monogram, logotype, stationery and packaging design, art direction and e-commerce website, and features photography from Doron Gild and illustration by Sharon Hwang, was managed by San Francisco based Manual.
La Taverna Del Suculent is a traditional kitchen and table-less bar in the Spanish city of Barcelona. It serves homemade dishes and is described as the “next door restaurant”, a place for those looking to avoid cotton napkins and pretentious waiters, and are happy to settle for vermuth, la caña and cheese.
La Taverna Del Suculent’s brand identity, designed by Comité, respects and draws on many of the characteristics and design assets from the original restaurant, whilst introducing what the studio describe as a blackguard touch. This is visualised through a bright red ink, uncoated and unbleached boards, white porcelain dishes, traditional pottery and classic glassware, a new stamp inspired by bullfight graphics, as well as a simple diamond pattern, retro order book and hand painted signage. The treatment takes many well-established typographical details of the past, subtle cultural references and executes these with a contemporary restraint, quality and consistency. The project included business cards, coasters and menus.
Tamarindo is a kitchen and bar with an international menu due to open in October 2014. Located in Ourense, Spain, Tamarindo was created as a refreshing alternative for local walkers who are used to traditional bars and restaurants, and is described as a place with two distinct moods and spaces, the casa cocina or house/kitchen, a place for coffee and a quick snack, and a bar for beer and tapas. The interior, created by architects and husband and wife team Ruben D. Gil and Gretta R. Valdés, features a combination of light wood ceilings, adobe walls, dim lighting and steel furniture.
This contemporary interior and the dual nature of Tamarindo’s space is distilled down into its visual identity designed by Mexican studio La Tortillería and extends across a variety of collateral including business cards, stationery, packaging, menus, coasters, tote bags and custom glass bottles.