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Torafuku by Brief, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Condensed sans-serif logotype for modern pan Asian restaurant Torafuku by graphic design studio Brief

Torafuku has a simple yet adventurous menu that reinterprets pan asian flavours as modern shared dishes. These are made from good quality and locally sourced ingredients, which are complimented by a variety of contemporary cocktails, a carefully curated wine list and local craft beers. Torafuku is located on the border of Vancouver‘s historic Chinatown and features an open and reductive urban interior space of leather upholstered benches, light wood stools and tables, a long cast concrete surface, panels of material texture and white walls. This is punctuated by a bright and multi-coloured visual identity, which included business card, packaging and menu design, developed by Canadian graphic design studio Brief.

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Chavez designed by Föda

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Chavez designed by Föda – Heated treated wood and print menus for Austin based Mexican restaurant Chavez designed by Föda

Chavez is a contemporary Mexican restaurant located within the Radisson hotel, Austin, Texas. The restaurant has a Southwestern menu created by chef Shawn Cirkiel and inspired by his memories of family road trips taken to the Mexican coast and the cuisine he experienced there. These memories also informed the development of a warmly lit, wood and fabric furnished interior design by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

Drawing on Shawn’s childhood and the mood boards of Michael Hsu, design studio Föda modernised the ephemera Shawn would have seen on the road trips of his youth, and distilled these down to six glyphs in six weights in what the studio describe as a Mezo-American fashion. These run across a variety of printed assets which included menus, coasters and business cards, as well as being worked into the interior and across tables by designer Michael Yates.

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