Designed Space

School/SS99 is a small and independent branding studio, established in New York in 2012 and in São Paulo, Brazil. The studio was inspired by Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 1999 catwalk, which was the first time a fashion brand mixed technology, brand experience and art direction at the same time on a runway show. From this concept, School/SS99 was founded by four creative professionals: a digital designer, an art director, an interior designer and a fashion photographer. Specializing in design for fashion and luxury brands, offering a full range of services, from brand positioning, identity, interior design, fashion photography, art direction, rich editorial content, to graphic and digital design. The interior design’s office, furniture and pieces were from London and New York, while some were developed inside the studio as well.

May 21 2013

Stag&Hare was founded in 2008 by Andrew Kibble. Headquartered in NYC (shown here) they now have offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta. As a strategic branding and design agency focused on building brands from scratch, Stag&Hare finds a new space for brands to grow and reinvents brands to keep them relevant for today. Inspired by the British pub, S&H is a creative hub and shared workspace (2 floors in a loft building in Soho) with other creative-minded groups – a PR agency, a product design company, a web development company, etc. Their aim is to stay small so they can continue their mission to be independent, nimble and flexible.

Notable Project

Stag&Hare’s experience ranges from the world’s largest brands (Coca-Cola, ABSOLUT Vodka, Taco Bell) to the scrappiest start-ups. Regardless of size, they work closely with clients to create powerful and differentiated brand experiences for today’s savvy consumers.

Stag & Hare
May 15 2013

Manifiesto Futura is an independent design studio based in Mexico. Born in 2008, Manifiesto Futura has grown and expanded their services, becoming a multidisciplinary firm offering a variety of services and solutions for diverse customers. Their goal is to make the best of Mexican design by changing the shapes, strategies, the narrative… through clear messages and smart incentives, while keeping the mexican character, wit, and the charisma intact.

Notable Project

Shot is a small web design company that, in a market with a lot of competition, wanted to stand out as a serious web development studio with a great design sense. Manifesto Futura’s idea behind their new identity was to differentiate them from the usual Web 2.0 look other studios have and to be recognized for their capacities, services and design driven approach.

Manifesto Futura
May 6 2013

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER™ is a multidisciplinary design studio located in the city centre of Copenhagen. The studio was established by graphic designers Anders Rimhoff, Jess Jensen & Dennis Müller in the summer of 2011. Being fairly young, WAAITT has built an impressive client list while producing groundbreaking and award-winning work along the way.

Notable Project

AROS (Aarhus Museum of Modern Art) is one of Denmarks leading art institutions and one of northern Europe’s largest art museums. WAAITT’s suggestion for a new identity is based on both the history and concept of the building (The architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, have been inspiret by Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy”), and on AROS’ values and focus on the visitors and the experience. The proposal by WAAITT includes a logo, stationery, magazine & website among other things.

April 22 2013

Latitude is a brand, digital and communications agency driven to create change and deliver results. Working with businesses, organisations and individuals alike to harness the true power of their brand and engage ideas to move them forward, Latitude Group looks to realign brands with business goals, values and aspirations and market direction to deliver meaningful results that continue to evolve.

Notable Project

QV is an open air retail precinct located in the heart of Melbourne. Latitude was briefed to design a unique and user friendly way finding system that would dovetail the precincts existing architecture and maintain its progressive brand language and positioning. Employing a restricted colour palette with custom typography and graphics, the angular form was inspired by QV’s complex architectural features and the distinct multi-leveled and layered laneways. Latitude delivered the project to completion including strategy, mapping, site audits, tendering, documentation, contract management and quality control.

Latitude Group
April 10 2013

Folch Studio is a Barcelona-based design office founded in 2004 by Albert Folch. The studio works across several media: from magazines, posters, visual identities, books and stationery to signage, websites, video and exhibition design. Folch’s approach is defined by its engagement with all stages of any given project, from incep­tion to final form, participating actively in aspects that further art direction. This approach saw Apartamento magazine become the first example of success in publishing from within the studio, and set the basis for another editorial project, The Flames, which was launched in 2011.

Notable Project

The project that Folch selected to be featured is a personal project from the studio. A retrospective of the studio’s work is compiled in this newspaper/catalogue. Its concept was based on the intention of displaying it as an exhibition, therefore the spreads work as individual pieces that generate a visual and lineal dialogue when gathered together as a pubication. Very interesting idea with fantastic results!

Studio photographs by José Hevia.
Notable project photos by Marçal Vaquer.

Folch Studio
March 27 2013

Bänziger Hug ia a Swiss-based design and web studio established in 2011 by Samuel Bänziger and Olivier Hug. Working in all areas of print and interactive design, Bänziger Hug specializes in designing books, exhibitions displays, publications, identities, and websites for cultural institutions, businesses, and individuals.

Notable Project

Position provides the public debate for the reduction in the use of military, industrial expansion and tourism in the city of Aosta. In the winter semester of 2011, students of architecture under the chair of Professor Günther Vogt (Institute of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zürich, ETH Zurich) developed various scenarios and strategies for the future of Aosta. This semester, the concept is a series of studies dealing with the processes of configuration spaces in urban cities.

Bänziger Hug
March 20 2013

Zé Studio is a Sydney based studio initiated by Joe Tarzia that creates valuable design experiences and delivers unique solutions to clients. Remaining true to design that is informed and well-considered — their design leaves no excess. Zé Studio began as an exploration of well communicated design. With a passion for the arts and culture, Joe and the team strive to grow their involvement in this sector, and continue to work on identities and brands of any scale.

Sharing a space with two fashion labels and a photographer, Zé Studio collaborated with Robin Hearfield on a series of photographs of the studio for today’s post. Joe wanted to portray the sense of character that remains in the studio’s building. The bay windows that outlook the gritty suburbs on one side and the city skyline on the other. The unnoticed chains, the weathered floor boards. All these characteristics make this more than a studio, rather a place which constantly inspires and fuels Zé Studio’s creativity. Although the exact history of the building is unknown, rumor says it was either a mini factory or tool production factory.

Notable Project

The Fashion & Textiles Program at the University of Technology, Sydney has a reputation of being one of Australia’s most innovative fashion degree courses. The Future of Fashion has been developed to further distinguish the program and allow students a new platform for opportunity both locally and internationally. The identity created by Zé Studio imbues a transcendent style based on a distinct diagonal axis present throughout various collateral such as event invitations, a large format catalogue and the runway show.

Bonus Project

With the new year, Zé Studio initiated a 2013 calendar for clients & friends. Hand stamped, limited edition of 100 and beautifully designed – your wall needs one. You can purchase the calendars here.

Zé Studio
February 20 2013

Public-Library, formed in 2012 by Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake, is a non-traditional design group based out of Los Angeles. Though Public-Library is a young studio they boast an impressive client list that includes the likes of Sony Playstation and ST&NDARD GOODS. After browsing through the fellas portfolio, I can’t help but notice they don’t limit themselves to a specific style and always produce refined, high quality work.

Notable Project

Public-Library was responsible for the concept and identity of Sony Playstation’s “The Vault at The Mint”. Apart of building a successful identity saw Public-Library crafting save the dates, laying out the floor plan for the event, and designing the take home gifts for party attendees. So the world Playstation always talks about playing in or jumping in, Public-Library got to design that. Now that is badass!

February 13 2013

Hyperkit is a London based design studio founded in 2001 by Tim Balaam and Kate Sclater. Creating visual stories that help their clients connect with an audience, the duo produce good-natured, useful design, often bringing together a love of material, process and functionality. Hyperkit’s projects are often multi-faceted in nature, producing graphic design for both print and websites, as well as designing exhibitions, furniture and interiors. They have a beautiful space that surely compliments their creative output.

Notable Project

Hyperkit looked to deconstruct the traditional barbershop situation and rebuild it for a contemporary audience with all its recognisable parts present. The team explains that the initial inspiration for Joe and Co came from looking at how objects are organised within the traditional barbershop, as well as workshops, sheds and garages. This led Hyperkit to develop a collaged aesthetic when designing the space and the furniture within, combining materials and textures in a very straightforward and functional fashion.

The main materials used for bespoke furniture at the shop are solid English oak, oak-veneered plywood and powder-coated steel. They used oak as it is a warm, natural material that can be traditionally crafted. The coloured steel items were chosen to contrast with the wood. Throughout the construction it was important that you would see how the furniture was made; this is mostly evident in the very visible joinery of the oak display frames and the inlaid metal shelves and troughs.

The graphic and geometric nature of the Joe and Co logo and printed material was conceived as a contemporary substitute to the traditional barbershop patterns such as the stripy red and white pole and the black and white checked lino floors.

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February 8 2013