Tamarindo is a kitchen and bar with an international menu due to open in October 2014. Located in Ourense, Spain, Tamarindo was created as a refreshing alternative for local walkers who are used to traditional bars and restaurants, and is described as a place with two distinct moods and spaces, the casa cocina or house/kitchen, a place for coffee and a quick snack, and a bar for beer and tapas. The interior, created by architects and husband and wife team Ruben D. Gil and Gretta R. Valdés, features a combination of light wood ceilings, adobe walls, dim lighting and steel furniture.
This contemporary interior and the dual nature of Tamarindo’s space is distilled down into its visual identity designed by Mexican studio La Tortillería and extends across a variety of collateral including business cards, stationery, packaging, menus, coasters, tote bags and custom glass bottles.
Podi is a Singapore-based organic restaurant that ‘celebrates bold, robust and unique flavours’ and the responsible sourcing and cooking of ingredients. Drawing inspiration from the restaurant’s name, a Hindi word to describe a mixture of ground dry spices and herbs, design agency Bravo developed a visual identity that pairs a small, abstract interpretation of heaped spices with a bold logo-type, earthy tones and tinted imagery to reflect Podi’s mission of making ‘good, natural and organic food’.
Multidisciplinary design agency Savvy have just completed the identity and collateral design for Gomez, a San Pedro-based bar ‘where you can hear good music and drink well’. The bar’s visual language, a ‘reconciliation of the traditional and avant-garde’, delivers a youthful, friendly and expressive brand personality through quirky vector illustration, the contemporary art and craft sensibilities of a striking electric blue colour palette and tinted images, paper texture, plastics, light, uncoated wood and heat treatments. Alongside the more retrospective tone of serif and italic typefaces, the diamond structure of the pattern work, the ribbon of the logo and black and white portrait photography. The result feels intentionally ‘silly’ yet is appropriately underpinned by a professional, experienced coherency that conveys quality.