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.
Opinion by Richard Baird
Jackalope Hotels is a luxury hospitality experience developed by Melbourne-based Louis Li, a hotelier described as having a penchant for the avant-garde. The first Jackalope Hotel is situated in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. It is unique in its location, surrounded by the hotel’s vineyard, in its architecture and interior by Carr Design, and in its visual identity, created by Fabio Ongarato Design.
Interior design and visual identity are linked by the theme of alchemy – a metaphor for winemaking, a core part of the business, and expressed in the juxtaposition of visual and material elements to create a new whole. These include the hybrid qualities of the Jackalope sculpture by Emily Floyd, the mixed techniques employed by artist Kate Robertson, and the polished layers of stone and carved busts of Rolf Sachs. This also extends to the visual identity for hotel, its restaurant and bar, in the combination of paper and finish, organic image and precise typographical and geometric forms.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Kisumé is a Japanese restaurant located on Melbourne’s Flinders Lane. It is described by Fabio Ongarato Design, the studio behind its visual identity, as an unconventional, slightly twisted and artfully executed experience. The restaurant intends to immerse guests in an intriguing view of Japanese traditions, and fuses these with the owner’s obsession with beauty and sensuality. This is expressed by a “brutally sophisticated and minimal interior design” created by Wood Marsh Architecture which features curated artworks by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki as well as Polly Borland, and in the break from the conventions of a typical Japanese dining experience in the movement and colour of visual identity. This links business cards, stationery, menus, window and lighting decals, posters and website.