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Hidraulik by Huaman, Spain

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, visual identity and package design by Huaman Studio for mat and rug business Hidraulik

Hidraulik is a Barcelona based business producing rugs for contemporary spaces. These are inspired by cement panels hydraulically pressed, rather than fired, with a layer of coloured pigment.

Hydraulic panels originated in the 1850’s and experienced a resurgence in the mid 20th century, these would often feature brightly coloured and detailed patterns, and were popular during an era of personalisation and interior expression. Hydraulic brings these into the present, by applying a similar aesthetic qualitiy to a thin, flexible and moveable surface.

The range includes a variety of Art Nouveau prints produced in house, and modernist inspired designs developed by Huaman, the graphic design studio also responsible for Hidraulik’s brand identity, business card and package design.

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Melba at The Savoy by Pentagram, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and copper foiled pâtisserie packaging designed by Pentagram for London patisserie and cafe Melba at The Savoy

Melba is a pâtisserie and cafe, located on the corner of The Strand and Savoy Place in London’s North Bank, and is one of nine places to eat and drink at The Savoy hotel. The patisserie is described as offering a glimpse into the exclusive and luxury world of The Savoy, and is the first time that the hotel, accessed via private road, will have a presence on the high street. Melba features a distinctive interior of black and white tiles, white marble alongside dark stained woods, cornicing, a curved glass counter and gold chandelier. It also features a distinctive visual identity treatment developed by UK based Pentagram partner John Rushworth.

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Nongfu Spring Mineral Water by Horse, United Kingdom

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Illustrative package design by London based Horse for Chinese mineral water brand Nongfu.

Nongfu Spring is a bottled mineral water brand and a leading Chinese beverage business. Nongfu worked with British design studio Horse to develop a new package design treatment that, using labels illustrated by designer Brett Ryder and a distinctive structural design with a slim profile and proprietary leak-free sports cap, would engage the youth market.

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