Winecast is a Dutch ‘online wine-tasting’, curation and delivery service that takes the likes, dislikes and habits of subscribers and provides them with a personalised and customisable collection of six wines that are then sent out each month.
Winecast’s brand identity, which consists of a logo-type, packaging, stationery and website solution developed by multidisciplinary design agency Anagrama, draws on the unbleached boards and papers of the postal service, the perforations and rippled edges of postage stamps, the efficiency of a sans-serif, and the contemporary on-trend sensibilities of a single line weight logo-mark and unites them as die cut stickers, stamps and screen prints across the uncoated surfaces of the wine boxes.
These utilitarian cues are intelligently juxtaposed alongside the detail and flourish of an old style serif logo-type to add a more conventional but clearly communicative sense of heritage and high quality to the wine’s mail-ordered convenience and its modern, algorithmic selection.
Back in November 2011 Rewined, a soy wax candle range set in a cut wine bottle, launched a new packaging solution created by Charleston-based independent design agency Stitch. I described the project in my original post as neatly resolving the themes of candle and wine craft, vintage and heritage through a diverse but coherent combination of earthy textures, a recycled letter-pressed label, hand stamped stickers, a simple identity solution that draws together origin and local industry through a classic circular crest lock-up with aged and humanist imperfections, alongside a bright ‘wax’ seal token and hand signed detail.
Stitch followed this up in 2012 with a number of other brand assets that shared and expanded on the craft cues and textures of the product with a lovely two-ply, uncoated, unbleached board and a light veneered business card with sticker detail, the brass screws of a catalogue, the deep green of a tape and the grain sack-like qualities of a string-tied canvas bag.
For 2013 Stitch has continued to broaden the Rewined brand experience with custom printed boxes made of unbleached board, cloth bags and match tubes with hand drawn illustrative and typographic detail that convey the recycled, wine bottle origins and crafted nature of the candles. Stitch explain on their website that these additional details serve as a giveaway to loyal customers and make giving and receiving a Rewined candle even more fun.
Located on Hawthorn’s Glenferrie Road, Victoria, Crabapple Kitchen is a ‘high-end café/wine bar’ with an ever-changing menu of simple, rustic and seasonal Italian, French and Spanish cuisine created from local produce and served in a ‘homely and light-hearted environment’ – derived from the French and Italian countryside – made up of ‘beautiful fabrics, French pantries, hanging copper pots, comfy banquettes and an open fireplace’.