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Room Essentials by Collins, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, photography and packaging by Collins for Target's modernistic home furnishings range Room Essentials

Room Essentials is a line of modernist home furnishings created and sold by American retailer Target. The range covers over 2,000 products across 60 categories, and includes items such as blankets, lighting, chairs, tables and tableware.

While securing significant revenue for the retailer, the range has, over the last five years, experienced a downturn in sales generated by its Millennial demographic. With this in mind, and with the intention of recapturing the enthusiasm for and interest in the range, Target commissioned New York based Collins to reimagine Room Essential’s brand identity.

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Marco Marco by Acre, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Sans-serif logotype and business card design by Acre for Singapore based Italian restaurant brand Marco Marco

Marco Marco is an Italian restaurant business with five locations across the city-state of Singapore and an affordable menu made up of international interpretations of classic dishes. These are created from simple recipes inspired by modern food culture using fresh locally sourced ingredients. The name, a reference to the adventures of merchant traveller Marco Polo, was chosen to reflect the international meeting point of ingredients and cultures.

Marco Marco’s brand identity, designed by Acre, draws on the simplicity and accessibility of the experience, the quality and creativity of the dishes and their modern international influences, and visualises these through the juxtaposition of a simple type alongside the detail of deconstructed dish photography. The project included business card and menu design.

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Mona De Castellarnau designed by Anagrama

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Monogram, logotype and embroidered labels for luxury lifestyle brand Mona De Castellarnau designed by Anagrama

Mona De Castellarnau is a US based luxury lifestyle brand that creates and retails a unique collection of crafted and meaningful objects that are said to reflect timeless beauty, simplicity and authenticity. Objects include home furnishings, accessories, bags and throws. Each are designed with an appreciation for tradition and provenance, an understanding of artisanal disciplines, and utilise simple forms, prints, patterns and colors.

Mona De Castellarnau’s visual identity, designed by Mexican graphic design studio Anagrama, communicates its values and aesthetic sensitivities through a clear contrast of modernity and tradition, craft detail, minimalism and functionality delivered through monogram, logotype, business cards, tag, label and packaging design treatments.

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