Celestine Eleven is a fashion and homeware store located in London’s Shoreditch that describes itself as having its “roots firmly founded in counter culture”, adding “a new holistic realm to the retail experience” and aiming to provide an alternative, luxury concept store that offers a “means to live well within all spheres: aesthetically, intellectually and spiritually” by honouring the importance of each through the “unique selection of product”.
The store’s visual identity, designed by Construct, contrasts bright white papers, heavy boards and a blind sculpted emboss (reminiscent of carved marble surfaces) with uncoated unbleached carriers and black foil detail bound by the carved depth of roman numeral and sans-serif logotype. These deliver the significant restraint you would expect of a high fashion brand, a retrospective nod to the concept of timeless style (and perhaps the grandiosity of the past tempered by contemporary understatement) and a sense of high tactile quality and craftsmanship.
Sebazzo is the London based interactive studio of digital design duo Sebastien Hefel and Michael Azzopardi. The studio creates applications, websites and generative installations for a variety of brands and specialises in ‘innovative e-learning environments’. Design agency Bunch recently created a visual identity and stationery solution for Sebazzo that conveys digital design as a craft and the duality of the partnership through name and type, colour, material choice and process.
YAY Festival is a Stockholm based design event, created Swedish by design studio Snask working in collaboration with ‘brand experience agency’ Grandins Flying Circus, that was launched in 2012 with guest speakers that included Aaron James Draplin and Jennifer Cirpici who replaced Jessica Hisch.
The identity for the 2012 event, recently published by Snask on their website, juxtaposes traditional and fine illustrative still life watercolour detail, enhanced by full bleeds in print, with the urban energy, enthusiasm and hand crafted sensibilities of a script of broad brush strokes and the on-trend restraint of a single line weight logotype – both well rendered a with decent sense of motion through each of the letters and plenty of individual character. This contrast continues with the modernistic restraint and efficiency of geometric sans-serif. Together these deliver a rich and striking contrast and resolution of both classic and contemporary design themes.