Text by Richard Baird
Shy Bird is a all-day café, rotisserie and bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its core mission is to elevate chicken, and the experience of eating chicken into the realms of the exceptional through gastronomic know-how, a beautiful interior and a visual identity designed by American studio Perky Bros. Drawing their inspiration from the red junglefowl, the “original chicken” and descendant of the domestic chicken, and its beautiful yet shy nature, the studio plays with contrasts, the loud and the quiet, the bold and the finely detailed. This runs as the continuous thread throughout the visual identity, linking takeaway surfaces such as coffee cups and sandwich wraps with the dine-in surfaces of menus and coasters. This is achieved through bold colour blocking and typography, a finer pattern, material texture and small playful illustrations.
Words by Richard Baird
In the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Greenpoint sits Vessel Floats, a new flotation and deprivation therapy spa that draws on the continuing interest in concepts such as mindful living and wellness.
Through considered interior design and visual identity, the latter developed by New York-based studio Order, Vessel Floats intends to further develop and bring to modernity an experience that has been around since the 1950s, and create a holistic experience that supports and builds out and around the central experience of flotation.
For those unfamiliar with flotation or deprivation therapy, this involves a weightless experience inside a tank filled with water with a high salt content, absent sound and any external distractions. This can be augmented by soothing lights, sounds and vibrations. People can expect an experience that disentangles them from their busy present, with some experiencing hallucinations within a safe and managed environment.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Ascari is an Italian restaurant which two locations, one on Queens Street East and another newly opened establishment on King St West. Toronto, Canada. It is named after the proprietor’s hero, Formula 1 legend, Alberto Ascari, (who was also known for his love of food). To reflect both the passion for good simple food and racing, design studio Blok developed an identity that brings together the visual cues and photography of 1950’s motor sport with a modern use of colour–the striking blue of Alberto Ascari’s helmet–and the outlines and solid fill logotype. These link coasters, business cards, signage and menus.