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Monachus Distillery by Bedow

Text by Richard Baird.

Logo and packaging design by Swedish studio Bedow for Croatian small-batch gin distillery Monachus

Atop of Croatia’s Istria peninsula, just where the land slips into the Adriatic sea sits the tiny small-batch gin distillery of Monachus. Stone shores, botanical covered hillsides, the smell of pine and scattered pin cones characterises the landscape. Drawing on this, the natural history of Istria and the name Monachus, borrowed from Monachus Monachus an endangered Mediterranean monk seal, Swedish design studio Bedow created a visual identity and labelling for the distillery.

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PLATF9RM by Studio Makgill

Opinion by Richard Baird

PLATF9RM is a co-working and office space in Brighton and Hove. It features an interior design by We Like Today that blends the utilitarian with moments of bright warm colour. Studio Makgill, working closely with PLAT9RM Founder, Seb Royle and Creative Director, Emilie Lashmar, designed a graphic identity for the space that would capture and express a spirited approach to co-working and connect with those who have a desire to escape the daily commute. The motion and energy of a collective space, and an allusion to a shorter more cheerful commute is expressed by way of bold type in motion, and through a modern convivial colour palette, this links printed materials such as business cards, posters and newsprint with the supergraphics that run throughout PLATF9RM.

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andSons Chocolatiers by Base Design

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logotype, branding and packaging by Base design for LA based chocolatier AndSons

andSons is a second generation chocolatier and retailer run by Marc and Phil Covitz, two brothers who learned everything there is to know about fine chocolate from their mother. Seeking to offer something new to the world of artisanal chocolate, driven forward by Top 10 Pastry Chef Kriss Harvey who joins the brothers, andSons thrashes out a liminal space between their traditional European heritage and the contemporary creativity of Los Angeles where they are located. With this positioning in mind andSons commissioned Base Design to create an iconic graphic identity and packaging design that would capture the spirit of innovation founded on tradition that was refined and luxurious whilst also being playful and surprising. These intentions are woven together and expressed by way of a simple but elegant logotype, bold colourful forms set against white space, and using colourful foils in conjunction with interchangeable sleeves.

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