Opinion by Richard Baird
Aurlands is the oldest running workshop for handcrafted shoes in Norway. It was founded in 1907 by shoemaker Nils G. Tveranger who, following time in America training as a shoemaker, went on to create the world’s first Penny Loafer in 1926. This, subsequently, became an enduring unisex fashion icon across Europe and America.
Aurlands continues to build on this legacy, crafting high-quality and sustainable shoes, and maintaining classics, alongside The Penny Loafer, such as the Norwegian welt and Norwegian split toe, names that refer to the way leather meets in their construction. Although distinct, each shoe shares the same attention to detail, the craft of their build and care given to both functionality and longevity.
The Aurlands brand is an enduring story of a Norwegian influence on the international shoemaking community. This story continues in their rebranding, created by Scandinavian design studio Heydays. This sees the introduction of a new wordmark and container, a bespoke typeface–Aurlands Display designed by Ellmer Stefan, lifestyle photography from Lasse Fløde, package design and soon to launch website.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Honom is a new “male-oriented” range from Barcelona-based DOIY, a product design company creating objects that move between the practical, the ornamental and the more whimsical. Honom veers heavily towards the former with objects that include a wallet, multitool, bottle opener, keyring and bike bell. In their design, materials and build these find a balance between everyday utility and premium positioning. This is expressed by the packaging of the objects, created by Spanish design studio Folch, through a confluence of material and form language, type and technical drawings.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Osofor will be a digital-first and lab-grown diamond jewellery business able to create stones of any shape and cut. It will offer a modern and sustainable luxury brand to those who desire the material qualities of diamonds without the environmental and sociological impact. Osofor intends to distinguish itself further by fusing enduring aesthetic desirability and artisanal practice with experimental materials, unexpected production processes, a highly-personalised service and a “beautifully-designed immersive online experience”.
The business is currently at the stage of product development; working with scientists, material technologists and inventors to develop a carefully-crafted launch collection. Paul Belford Ltd. was commissioned by Osofor to develop its graphic identity. This is characterised by a variety of cut stone-like symbols, faceted stationery and an animated visual gesture online that refracts the white light of an uppercase sans-serif logotype. This links website splash page, business cards, letterhead and packaging.