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Gretas by 25AH, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Script logotype for Stockholm-based cafe Gretas at Haymarket designed by 25AH, Sweden

Gretas is a café set within the Haymarket, a hotel located at the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. The building was formerly home to a famous department store that dates back to the early 20th century and was the place where actress Greta Garbo was discovered while working at one of the concessions.

25AH, the Scandinavian graphic design studio behind Haymarket’s own brand identity, as well as Paul’s, a restaurant also situated within the hotel, worked on the brand identity for Gretas. Where Paul’s was darker and more robust in colour and type, inspired by the hotel’s signage, Greta’s is light and personable, drawing on an informal interior, whilst working in the iconic status and history of its location through name and illustration. The project went on to include signage, packaging, menus, stationery and business cards.

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Paul’s at Haymarket by 25AH, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branded bill clip for Stockholm-based restaurant Paul's at Haymarket by 25AH, Sweden

Paul’s is a restaurant located in the Haymarket hotel which is situated at the heart of the Swedish capital of Stockholm. The restaurant is named after Paul U. Bergström, founder of a well-known department store that previously occupied the building, and features a distinctive period interior of bent wood chairs, white tiles, leather banquette seating, marble surfaces and art deco-inspired flourishes. This is a reflection of Paul’s menu which is inspired by classical European cuisine and the American grill from the turn of the century.

Scandinavian graphic design studio 25AH created a visual identity for Paul’s that although simple in its graphic expression, draws on Haymarket’s signage, unchanged since the 1920s, the history of the building, the restaurant’s period interior and its European and American menu. This is expressed through type, neon signage and materiality which links rich interior design with a more restrained set of printed materials that included matchbooks, menus, postcards, tableware and bill clips.

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Netsurvey by The Studio, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding for Stockholm based Netsurvey by The Studio

Netsurvey provides organisations with employee and customer relation evaluation services using a precise, individualised and proprietary set of tools, and then helps to implement change with the intention of enhancing employee engagement, strengthening leadership and improving employer branding. Netsurvey works across a variety of sectors, for both small and large businesses and has grown to become one of Sweden’s leading consultants within the industry.

In response to what was felt to be an increasingly dated visual identity, one that failed to convey the warmth, engagement and innovative spirit that characterises the company, Netsurvey commissioned Stockholm based graphic design agency The Studio to create a new system that would communicate these key qualities but also their position as industry leaders through differentiation. This was achieved using a bright colour palette, custom typography, monolinear iconography and personable photography, and included business cards, stationery, print communication, tote bags, pens, and website.

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