Graphical House and Derek Welsh Studio recently produced a special edition version of their distinctive domino set and collaborative project Oblique for Paul Smith. The dominoes, handcrafted in walnut using 45 processes, 8,400 hand drilled holes, 155m of walnut, 15m² of laminate, 75m² of 150 grit sandpaper, 20m² of 320 grit sandpaper and 18 hand files, come in a drawstring bag packed in a navy and pink box with a foil print finish.
Polish design agency For Brands were recently commissioned to create a new visual identity for Seam, a distributor of luxury clothing brands, that would convey a sense of craftsmanship and an eye for detail. For Brands mixes classic typographic detail with contemporary customisation delivered across tactile material choices with hand finished detail, fusing urban, craft and fashion sensibilities.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Cemento is the UK distributor of an Italian lightweight concrete product that can be used for wall panelling and furniture. Inspired by brutalist design — a movement that grew out of early 20th century modernist architecture and described by Wikipedia as being “linear, fortresslike and blockish” — London based studio S-T developed a visual identity for Cemento that included logo, logotype, brand guidelines, tote bag, box tape, brochure, postcards and business card design.
Using geometric form, sans-serif typography, dyed material choice, white ink, a repeating pattern and limited colour palette, S-T establishes a robust and distinctive solution that reflects the modular and functional nature of concrete, the aesthetic qualities of the product, and its adoption by contemporary furniture and interior designers.