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Common Lot by Perky Bros, United States

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Brand identity and copper block foiled menu covers designed by Perky Bros for Millburn restaurant Common Lot

Common Lot is restaurant located near the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. It has a menu of seasonal dishes made from locally foraged produce and fresh ingredients, and features an interior design described as being minimalist with unexpected finishes, natural materials, texture and light.

The restaurant was created by Australian chef Ehren Ryan and draws upon his globally diverse culinary background and free spirit. This is seen in the communal dining experience, open kitchen and shared tables which contribute to a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Chef Ehren Ryan is described as being serious about food and jocular about life, and it is this that informed the visual identity design for Common Lot, created by graphic design studio Perky Bros. This runs across and links a variety of assets that included menus, stationery, bags, thank you cards, signage and branded aprons.

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Full of Luck Club 福乐 by Bravo, Singapore

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and illustrated and gold foiled business cards by Singapore-based graphic design studio Bravo for modern Cantonese kitchen Full of Luck Club 福乐

Full of Luck Club 福乐 and Bao Bar is a combined Cantonese restaurant and takeaway, located in Holland Village, Singapore, serving authentic Chinese comfort food. The restaurant was created by the team behind Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant at Sheraton Towers Singapore, and has a menu that combines timeless plates such as roast meats, fresh noodles and dim sum with more contemporary items such as Chinese-inspired salads, craft beers and speciality ‘baos’. This meeting of modernity and timelessness plays out across the restaurant’s brand identity, designed by Bravo, in the meeting of dynamic lettering, a pastel colour palette and a gold block foil print finish.

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IDES by Swear Words, Australia

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Business card with blind emboss and white block foil detail by graphic design studio Swear Words for Melbourne restaurant Ides

IDES began as a monthly pop-up restaurant with an inventive approach to cuisine, created by former Attica sous chef Peter Gunn. A year into the business, and to coincide with the development of a permanent space in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, Peter Gunn worked with graphic design studio Swear Words to develop a new visual identity that would more effectively express the level of quality and service at IDES. Swear Words’ work manages to capture a sense of the immediacy of ideas and the quality of the final dishes through a juxtaposition of typographical utility, materiality, form and image across business cards and menus.

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