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The Promontory by Dan Blackman, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Logo, menus and coasters designed by Dan Blackman for Chicago restaurant, bar and entertainment venue The Promontory

The Promontory is an American bar, restaurant and entertainment venue located on Chicago’s Lake Park Ave. It has an interior that mixes urban details such as neon signage and concrete floors with the industrial qualities of exposed beams and utilities, the earthy textures of freshly cut logs, light wood tables and dark wood panelling, and the craft associated with traditionally made furniture. The restaurant also features a modern hearth of brick and stainless steel. This interior is a reflection of the restaurant’s menu which is described as being made up of “contemporary American food highlighting historic dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven”.

The Promontory’s brand identity, created by New York based Dan Blackman and extending across menus, coasters and signage, draws on the cues set by the interior design through type contrast, but also introduces a current sense of craft through paper choice, hand stamped finishes, material texture and illustration.

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Sushi & Co. by Bond, Finland

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Visual identity and menus for Baltic Sea cruise ship restaurant Sushi & Co. designed by Bond

Sushi & Co. is a restaurant and cafe on-board a cruise ship taking guests to destinations along the Baltic Sea. It has a modern interior design that mixes dark and light wood furniture, features warm low hanging lights, organic patterned upholstery, cool grey walls, exposed brick panels, slate floors and a visual identity developed by Helsinki based graphic design studio Bond. Extending across menus, napkins, uniforms and signage, Bond’s visual identity leverages association, familiarity and the unexpected, through colour, form and type, to introduce a current Scandinavian simplicity to a more detailed but equally precise interior.

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Marco Marco by Acre, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Sans-serif logotype and business card design by Acre for Singapore based Italian restaurant brand Marco Marco

Marco Marco is an Italian restaurant business with five locations across the city-state of Singapore and an affordable menu made up of international interpretations of classic dishes. These are created from simple recipes inspired by modern food culture using fresh locally sourced ingredients. The name, a reference to the adventures of merchant traveller Marco Polo, was chosen to reflect the international meeting point of ingredients and cultures.

Marco Marco’s brand identity, designed by Acre, draws on the simplicity and accessibility of the experience, the quality and creativity of the dishes and their modern international influences, and visualises these through the juxtaposition of a simple type alongside the detail of deconstructed dish photography. The project included business card and menu design.

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