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Tangent GC Organic Soap by Carl Nas Associates

Text by Richard Baird

New packaging designed by Carl Nas Associates for Tangent GC's new line of low-impact organic, vegan, cruelty and fossil free soap range.

Tangent GC began as a Scandinavian organic garment and shoe care company developing products that intended to increase the life of clothing and footwear, and entered the organic skincare market in 2016. The concern given to the longevity of skin becomes an understandable extension of that original intention.

Carl Nas Associates, who have been working with Tangent GC on their packaging treatments for an ever-growing number of products over the last few years, worked on the brand’s new line of organic soaps. Just as with earlier work, which could be described as having a minimal sensibility (in the truest not trendiest sense of the word), this is very much about nuance and continuity. This post functions as an extension of previous posts. It reiterates the elegance and flexibility afforded by and present in the original type treatment and efficacy of good material choices and the communicative potential of surfaces and structures. This is a rare opportunity to see how a solution functions across time and within new contexts.

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Monachus Distillery by Bedow

Text by Richard Baird.

Logo and packaging design by Swedish studio Bedow for Croatian small-batch gin distillery Monachus

Atop of Croatia’s Istria peninsula, just where the land slips into the Adriatic sea sits the tiny small-batch gin distillery of Monachus. Stone shores, botanical covered hillsides, the smell of pine and scattered pin cones characterises the landscape. Drawing on this, the natural history of Istria and the name Monachus, borrowed from Monachus Monachus an endangered Mediterranean monk seal, Swedish design studio Bedow created a visual identity and labelling for the distillery.

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Tangent GC Organic Detergents by Carl Nas Associates

Words by Richard Baird

New structural design by Carl Nas Associates for Tangent GC's range of organic washing products

Tangent GC began as a Scandinavian organic garment and shoe care company developing products that intended to increase the life of clothing and footwear, and entered the organic skincare market in 2016. The longevity of skin being an understandable extension of that original intention.

The company’s graphic identity, a typographical system designed by Essen International under the creative direction of Carl Nas, established an informational immediacy through the absence of superfluous stylistic detail and colour, whilst effectively dividing content and drawing out a distinction in the arrangement, orientation and typesetting of Akkurat Mono.

As Tangent GC ventured into the organic personal skincare market the company worked with London-based Carl Nas Associates to build out the visual language initially laid down by Carl Nas while Creative Director at Essen International. This new phase saw the studio applying this graphic system to skincare packaging, a soap range, and organic hand cream, which were supported by campaigns that featured swirling fabrics and illustration by celebrated airbrush artist Syd Brak.

Carl Nas Associates continue to work with Tangent GC into 2020, this time transforming their range of organic detergents, broadening the graphic language of type and its arrangement into a form and material language through bespoke structural design. The detergents come in two sizes, 500 ml and 1000 ml, and cover everything from the everyday washing liquids to specialty products such as those for cashmere and those formulated to be hypoallergenic.

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