Text by Richard Baird.
In The London Borough of Southwark sits the Grade II listed building and former headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, the city’s first fire station and a site currently under development. This will see it transformed into residential apartments with period conversations of the original Victorian building alongside a modern new-build. It is a one-of-kind property development that offers a unique intersection of historic and contemporary city living. London-based Jack Renwick Studio (JRS) were commissioned to develop the name, visual identity and communications for this new development, and were challenged with the task of appealing to both local and international markets.
Under the concept “Traditionally Different”, JRS developed the name Brigade Court and a visual language of juxtapositions. These celebrate the distinctive contrasts that exist throughout the property. These juxtapositions move between the elegant and sophisticated materiality of the brochures, the intersection of modern and historic images, and then towards moments of playfulness throughout the property’s marketing suite, which also features a deli and cafe. The visual identity links a variety of different touch-points, from property and floor-plan brochures to custom framed photo-montages, coffee cups, menus and window decals.
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Tangent GC began as a Scandinavian organic garment and shoe care company developing products that intended to increase the life of clothing and footwear, and entered the organic skincare market in 2016. The longevity of skin being an understandable extension of that original intention.
The company’s graphic identity, a typographical system designed by Essen International under the creative direction of Carl Nas, established an informational immediacy through the absence of superfluous stylistic detail and colour, whilst effectively dividing content and drawing out a distinction in the arrangement, orientation and typesetting of Akkurat Mono.
As Tangent GC ventured into the organic personal skincare market the company worked with London-based Carl Nas Associates to build out the visual language initially laid down by Carl Nas while Creative Director at Essen International. This new phase saw the studio applying this graphic system to skincare packaging, a soap range, and organic hand cream, which were supported by campaigns that featured swirling fabrics and illustration by celebrated airbrush artist Syd Brak.
Carl Nas Associates continue to work with Tangent GC into 2020, this time transforming their range of organic detergents, broadening the graphic language of type and its arrangement into a form and material language through bespoke structural design. The detergents come in two sizes, 500 ml and 1000 ml, and cover everything from the everyday washing liquids to specialty products such as those for cashmere and those formulated to be hypoallergenic.
Opinion by Richard Baird
AIR Studios was founded in 1965 by Beatles producer Sir George Martin. It is located in London’s Lyndhurst Hall, a former church with one of the largest recording rooms in the world and a live space capable of holding a full symphony orchestra. Since its opening, it has hosted a plethora of world-class talent. These have included Sir Paul McCartney, Adele, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Lou Reed, amongst many many others. It has also been the studio in which Oscar-winning scores such as Atonement and Grand Budapest Hotel have been recorded. London-based design studio Spin were commissioned to develop a new graphic identity for the studio that would pay homage to its rich heritage, bring to the fore the talent it attracts and Air’s future ambitions. This culminated in the creation of a dynamic symbol of orbital paths and undulating waves, a modern colour palette of neutrals and bright colour, black and white photography and the use of motion on screen