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Rare Harvest by Marx Design

Opinion by Richard Baird.

New packaging by Marx Design for Rare Havest, a limited edition Mānuka honey from The True Honey Company

The True Honey Company (TTHC) dedicates itself to the production of mānuka honey, a monofloral variety produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the mānuka tree. It has a unique colour and texture and a high level of dietary Methyglyoxal, an organic compound with antibacterial and antiviral properties.

With a price range starting at 60.00AUD and rising to 230.00AUD per jar, and working in a market flooded with sub-standard honey and dishonest marketing, communicating the value of the product and the commitment of TTHC to quality and ethical production through an impactful and engaging brand identity and packaging design was paramount. This task was given to Auckland-based graphic design studio and packaging specialists Marx Design who played with a material and structural language to express the rarity and value of such a product.

Marx Design returned to the project in 2019 to develop packaging for Rare Harvest, a limited edition mānuka honey from TTHC certified at an unprecedented 1,700+ MGO (31+UMF), the highest ever recorded. Marx Design, working in collaboration with Think Packaging, further the material language of value and rarity that characterised the first range, and fold in the theme of Mānuka blossoms.

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Salbini by Studio Brave

Opinion by Richard Baird

Visual identity by Studio Brave for Italian online furniture retailer Salbini.

Salbini, formerly Fesal, is an online retailer of premium European furniture and appliances based in southern Italy and shipping internationally. It deals in both one-off purchases and tailoring for large commercial projects, offering both local and global brands. Fesal comissioned Studio Brave to rename and refresh its brand and overhaul its online store. While the project features revisions to type and the introduction of colour, it is the combination of cropped imagery shot by Traianos Pakioufakis and high quality material choices that stand out as a simple and compelling of articulation of craft, quality and elegance. These images link printed materials such as post cards, business cards, letterhead and certificate sleevers with a redesigned e-commerce website.

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The Golden Hour by Triboro

Opinion by Richard Baird

New Graphic Identity and matchboxes for The Golden Hour by Triboro

The Golden Hour is an outdoor seasonal restaurant located in New York’s The High Line Hotel. It is a place to experience the softening of sunlight with unobstructed views of the Chelsea skyline. The restaurant intends to draw to mind the casual elegance of a coastal soirée rather than the rushing of pre-dinner drinks. The restaurant space is described as being a lush outdoor dining room where brass tables meet tropical vegetation and aisles of topiary. Drinks are centred around the escapement of the summer heat which compliments dishes inspired by the flavours of late summer on the North Atlantic, created to be enjoyed outdoors. There is a theatre to the experience in its spatial considerations, performative aspect, in the transitions that happen over time within the restaurant (small plates to large platters), and the evocation of a time and place. This temporal quality also emerges in the design of The Golden Hour’s visual identity, in the intersection of the graphic and the material, in the use of abstract motif, shape and symbology by American design studio Triboro across menus, coasters, notecards, business cards and website.

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