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Clay by Studio Claus Due, Denmark

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Clay — Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark by Studio Claus Due

Clay is a museum of ceramic arts and crafts, located in the Danish town of Middelfart, west of the capital. Exhibits range from a 235 year old plate to more recent and experimental pieces from contemporary artists. The museum worked with Studio Claus Due to develop a new visual identity system. This included business cards, stationery, signage, packaging, print communication and website, unified by an earthy colour palette and custom typography, punctuated by shots of blue and yellow, and featuring uncoated materials.

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Norwegian Presence by Bielke&Yang, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Catalogue for Norwegian Presence by graphic design studio Bielke&Yang

Norwegian Presence was an exhibition of handcraft and design, past and present, from Norway. It was held at Fuorisalone, which makes up part of Milan Design Week, and moved on to The Gifts & Interior trade fair in Oslo and 100% Norway in London. The exhibition featured 51 different products from 46 designers, with the intention of showcasing a diversity of approaches, innovations, skills and materials.

Norwegian Presence was made possible through a collaboration between Klubben (Norwegian Designers Union), contemporary craft proponent Norwegian Crafts, and Norwegian Icons, an organisation dedicated to raising the international awareness of Norway’s contribution to Scandinavian mid-century design. Other partners included paint manufacturer Jotun, stylists Kråkvik & D’Orazio, and graphic design studio Bielke&Yang, who were responsible for visual identity and print communication.

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Edouard Malingue Gallery by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Posters for Edouard Malingue Gallery by graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist

Edouard Malingue Gallery exhibits work by emerging and established artists from around the world across its 6000 sq ft space in central Hong Kong. Through collaborations with international curators, and its own publications, alongside solo exhibitions, the gallery looks to introduce art into public spaces and to stimulate public discourse.

The gallery features an interior that juxtaposes the white unblemished walls and plinths you might expect from a modern art gallery with the irregular qualities and cool greys of cast concrete, exposed utilities, strip lighting above and grey tiles below. It also utilises a visual identity system developed by Swedish graphic design studio Lundgren+Lindqvist. This was launched to coincide with the gallery’s move to larger premises.

Lundgren+Lindqvist’s visual identity concept makes a connection between the three strokes of a simplified E and M (the initials of Edouard Malingue), the three words that make up the gallery’s name (Edouard Malingue Gallery) and its location on 33 Deux Veux Street. This is visualised as trisections through a grid system which underpins the print and website layout of custom typography, and informs the number folds across leaflets, letters and posters.

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