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Nunchi by Bedow

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Nunchi is an Italian startup and the vision of Cedric Naudon, a self-confessed gastronome. This follows his ambitious project to create an entirely new creative neighbourhood of restaurants, fashion boutiques and design stores in Le Marais, Paris.

Nunchi intends to frame and connect all of Cedric Naudon’s gastronomic projects. The first of which is a reimagining of Edouard Nignon’s classic cookbook L’Heptameron des Gourmets, originally published in 1919 and now a rare collector’s item. This new edition brings the unique collection of recipes and stories to a contemporary audience by way of a unique collaboration with box, textile and paper makers, engravers and printers. This is accompanied by a second book, La Dive Cocagne, which gives the reader valuable insights into the creation of L’Heptameron des Gourmets.

Nunchi’s visual identity, designed by Swedish studio Bedow, establishes a graphic framework and continuity for all of the projects that will fall under the Nunchi brand. Both L’Heptameron des Gourmets and La Dive Cocagne serve as the first surfaces in which identity begins to reveal itself, the former being a rigorous exploration of design and artist craft and collaboration, a form of Gesamtkunstwerk, and the latter providing insight into this unique confluence of skills, also brought to life through short-form documentaries. Bedow were responsible for visual identity and the art direction and design of both books.

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Senja Cosmetics by Werklig

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Senja is a Scandinavian premium cosmetics brand, founded by Senja Parkkinen, with a range of toners, cleansing foams and oils made from active natural ingredients all manufactured in Finland. With a desire to communicate an all-natural and contemporary positioning and capture the fresh air and harsh environmental conditions that produced many of these ingredients, the brand worked with Werklig to develop a new visual identity that would extend across packaging and printed communications. This is made up of a distinctive black, green and purple gradient, the simple letterforms of a custom logotype and a series of nature-inspired still life sculptures.

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Studio Showcase: Commission

Selected by Richard Baird.

Studio Showcase: Commission

A continually updated gallery of graphic design work created by Commission reviewed and published on BP&O. Commission is a London based design and branding consultancy owned and led by Creative Directors David McFarline and Christopher Moorby. Their work covers the full spectrum of graphic design, from print and packaging design to editorial, advertising and digital media within the fashion, art, culture and commerce sectors.

BP&O has been following and writing about Commission since 2015. Their work is often characterised by a graphic restraint and a material sophistication rooted in a clear and compelling idea. There are moments where there is a sensitivity to the sequential nature of an unboxing, an awareness of the mechanisms of opening and the potential of surface beyond ink.

Highlights include their work for luggage design and manufacturer Rimowa, developed over two phases; the first captures a balance of craft and utility, the second introduces a familial warmth and character through illustration and colour. Unfolded, a print and packaging event in Germany stands out for the dialogue created between the visually immediate and robust, and the delicate and the crafted. Much of their work displays a material sophistication. Micro-foiling, sculpted embossing, micro-perforations and thermographic ink develop a smart material language alongside the graphic.

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