Opinion by Richard Baird
Mathias Dahlgren Edition is a set of contemporary kitchen appliances which are the product of a collaboration between the Grand Hôtel Stockholm, its renowned Swedish Michelin starred chef Mathias Dahlgren, and kitchenware retailer Dafra. Scandinavian graphic design studio Essen International worked with the trio to translate the culinary vision and creativity of Mathias Dahlgren into a modern graphic expression and packaging solution that would be perceived as creative and timeless, whilst working across a variety of boxes as well as pan and pot inserts.
Design agency Essen have recently completed a packaging and rebranding project for Tangent Garment Care, a Stockholm-based company committed to the development of organic garment and shoe care products that aim to ensure longevity. Their design solution – a simple, utilitarian, monochromatic typographical approach – delivers a sense of information purity through the rejection of superfluous language or superficial graphic detail and choosing to divide content only by the uppercase and lowercase typesetting of a neutral sans-serif. A subtle combination that works well to convey a collective brand practicality and researched effectiveness, and the open and honest use of natural ingredients in each product—appropriately placed at the centre of each label.