Based around their philosophy of health and well-being, Swedish drug store chain Apotek Hjärtat have recently developed Apolosophy, a new, carefully formulated cosmetic line that includes products from the skin and hair care, makeup and sunscreen categories.
The range’s visual identity and packaging solution, created to be perceived as tactile, timeless and trustworthy by design agency BVD, unites the on-trend accessibility of a near consistent single line weight, soft curves, rounded terminals, all lower-case and well spaced letter-forms and a simple repetition of form through the ‘a’, ‘o’ and ‘p’, with the classic sensibilities of a black and white colour palette, the quality of a matt surface texture and the restraint of a logotype only solution across the packaging. The result, while pared-down, really emphasises, complements and unites the colours and textures of the products with a subtle utility often associated with professional grade cosmetics.
Design agency Essen have recently completed a packaging and rebranding project for Tangent Garment Care, a Stockholm-based company committed to the development of organic garment and shoe care products that aim to ensure longevity. Their design solution – a simple, utilitarian, monochromatic typographical approach – delivers a sense of information purity through the rejection of superfluous language or superficial graphic detail and choosing to divide content only by the uppercase and lowercase typesetting of a neutral sans-serif. A subtle combination that works well to convey a collective brand practicality and researched effectiveness, and the open and honest use of natural ingredients in each product—appropriately placed at the centre of each label.
Nostalgi is a hat and shoe rack, now considered a Swedish furniture classic, designed by Gunnar Bolin in 1937 and manufactured by Essem. Taking its cues from Essem’s functionalist past and artisanal manufacturing processes, Stockholm based graphic and product design studio Bedow, developed a packaging solution for Nostalgi that contrasts two vastly different sizes of Futura, reflecting the products bold, iconic style and attention to detail, set across an uncoated, unbleached substrate as a single colour print treatment that neatly draws together the aspects of art, craft and modernistic design principles. The off-the-edge type bleed is a nice reference to the modular and extendable nature of the product that really compliments the width of the packaging.