Opinion by Richard Baird.
Grupa is an award-winning design studio and manufacturer of handmade furniture and lighting products for home, office and hospitality spaces. Building on over a decade worth of experience Grupa branched out into own brand products in 2012.
From drawing board to design and development, production, packaging and distribution, the company has developed a total design philosophy and a product range that brings together and expresses everything that inspires the team at Grupa. Their products are distinguished by an innovative and concise material and form language, a clear functionality and a flexibility of situation and movement. Baluna, a free-standing or wall and ceiling-mounted light captures this spirit. Its silent dimmer, blown glass opal diffuser and LED bulb deliver a consistent level of light dispersion while a telescopic bar and 360-degree rotational axis offer swift and broad adjustments.
To promote Baluna Grupa worked with graphic design studio Bunch to develop a communications pack and packaging. This takes the distinctive interplay of light and shadow, form and surface, flexibility and utility that characterises the light and develops a distinctive graphic and material expression.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Christopher Hall is an internationally renowned furniture and interior designer from New Zealand with studios in London and Istanbul, with a third due to open in Barcelona soon. His interiors and bespoke furniture collections are characterised by a sensitive integration of the classical and the contemporary, a material refinement and sculptural elegance. Somata, his latest collection of 32 handcrafted pieces, is an allusion to the metamorphisms of mythology. This manifests itself within the forms and surfaces of stools, tables and cabinets, which often transition between the functional and sculptural.
Two Times Elliott, the studio behind Christopher Halls graphic identity, worked to develop promotional boxes and individual product sheets. Taking inspiration from the bespoke nature and conceptual foundation of Somata and the craft of Christopher Hall’s work at large, Two Times Elliott blend a detailed graphic pattern with a bespoke material and structural elegance.
Opinion by Richard Baird
In 2014 Bedow worked with Essem Design, a Swedish manufacturer of artisanal hallway products and furniture, to develop a new graphic identity. This included logotype, adverts, catalogue, product sheet and stationery design. The concept was based around the simple gesture “Hej—Hej då”, hello and goodbye in Swedish and a reference to the most common phrase used in the hallway.
This verbal gesture was visualised using Commercial Type’s Dala Moa, paired with Futura, and played out across a brochure and stationery set of white and unbleached papers. The result balanced a playful and personable expression with the functional and crafted. This is expanded on and further explored throughout Essem Design’s 2018 product catalogue, also designed by Bedow, in the approach to art direction, colour, form and illustration.