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Brompton Food Market – Branding

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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When David Turcan and Luke Mackay popped into the Design Friendship studio for a quick chat, they were both on the verge of quitting their day jobs to embark on turning their dreams into a reality. The branding brief for their new venture Brompton Food Market was simply…

“We want to create the perfect food shop that we have long been looking for in London but never quite found. A haven for food lovers with a heady mix of top quality produce, immaculate service and style.”

“We see ourselves as an old fashioned grocers where nothing is too much trouble and the experience is as important as the quality of our produce.”

Our direction was to create a brand inspired by a bygone age, fused with a clean and contemporary aesthetic.

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We created an identity inspired by South Kensington’s love affair with classic Georgian geometric mosiac styling. The shop masthead was based upon a traditional signwriting layout, the font Kessel was chosen for its Art Deco look and feel, which also has strong aesthetic ties to London’s Brompton Road area.

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We hope you like what you see! If you would like to find out more or you’re interested in working Design Friendship please feel free to drop us a line at hello@designfriendship.com

Enjoy!

‘You Don’t Own This Life’ so says songwriter Alex Highton

Monday, November 17th, 2014

So here’s a plug for one of DF’s favourite singer songwriter Alex Highton and his brand spanking new video. From past experience we know just how much time & effort has gone into this new video, by a hard working creative bunch who are doing it for love and not money.

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The Track ‘You Don’t Own This Life’ is off the forthcoming album ‘Nobody Knows Anything’, it just so happens that DF had a hand in it and is out just in time for Christmas on December 1st.

The albums been getting rave reviews and plenty of support from 6 Music’s Tom Robinson too.

So if you’re fed up with talent shows, plastic pop and artists who are more interested in their latest new fragrance instead of the music, please do your ears a favour and give it watch, like it, share it and show some love people.

All power to you Al, we’re proud to help and support your musical journey.

Olafur Eliasson does it again and again and again and again…

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Ever since I stepped into The Weather Project at the Tate Modern all those years ago I’ve been in love with Olafur Eliasson’s work which has just been catalogued and unleashed onto the t’internet via his shiny new website.

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Eliasson is probably best known for his large-scale installation pieces that invite the viewer to wonder through and experience the work as their own pace. Eliasson new website is an extension of this approach, I spent pretty much my whole lunch break having a wonder around and didn’t even begin to scratch the surface. So please do your eyes a favour and check it out.

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Olafur Eliasson – The River Bed 2014

While in Copenhagen the other weekend I was lucky enough to go and visit probably the most beautiful art gallery I’ve ever been too, The Louisiana Museum which also just so happens to be featuring a major Eliasson exhibition with a brand new installation piece – The River Bed.

The piece is so simple, graphic and peaceful. It makes you feel 6 years old all over again as you wonder through a series of interconnecting rooms that resemble the end scenes of Kubricks 2001 crossed with the Apollo moon landings. Each room connects via Alice in Wonderland break in the walls that allow the river to flow downstream as you go to discover what’s upstream.

Copenhagen has a lot to offer but getting to experience this new piece from Eliasson was a personal highlight.

The exhibition runs until 4th of January 2015 so if your in Copenhagen anytime soon definitely go and visit it.

Happy Air Day

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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It’s hard to believe that the Nike Air Max 1 is 27 years old today, it only seems like yesterday that I slipped on a pair for the very first time! The first incarnation of the shoe was originally designed by Tinker Hatfield, who started out working for Nike as an architect designing shops and offices. Since then Hatfield has become a leading light for the brands creative vision and oversees Nike’s special projects division the ‘Innovation Kitchen’ as well as being responsible for many of the brands greatest hits. There’s some nice lunch time reading on the history of Air Max here.

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Original Nike Air Max 1 Patent Drawing.

I’m not going bang on about the pair Nike has released this morning to mark the event, see below, just to say as my late Gran would of put it… “if it ain’t broke son, leave it the fuck alone!” *

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That aside I’m openly biased when it comes to most things Nike, but for me the Air Max 1 is definitely a favourite. What’s not to love, its got classic lines to rival Coca Cola’s Original Glass Bottle, a simplicity not unlike Dieter Rams creations and an iconic colorway to match Peter Saville’s FAC 1 Poster.

The Air Max 1 is undoubtably a modern design classic that has stood the test of time and I can honestly see myself still rocking them way into my late Nineties, if I ever make it that far.

So many happy returns Nike Air Max, long may it continue.

* For the record my late gran was a very sweet & religious 96 year old lady who would never have said such a thing, but you get the idea!

Martin Creed – What’s the point of it?

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Martin Creed at Hayward Gallery, London.  Photo by Linda Nylind. 26/1/2014.

So I went to see Martin Creed’s exhibition at the Hayward Gallery titled ‘What’s the point of it?’ at the weekend.

From the moment you step into the exhibition you’re confronted with a playground of whimsical art that is smart, funny and at it’s best made me grin like an idiot. The exhibition has it’s obvious highlights like Creed’s Mothers Spindle above or the highly entertaining ‘Work No 200, Balloon Room’, but throughout the exhibition there are some really great simplistic touches that catch and ensnare the minds eye in equal measure.

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I particularly liked the huge striped wall using different graphic adhesive tapes, shown above, but then again I would wouldn’t I. So do you eyes & mind a favour and pop along if you have a spare hour or two.

Enjoy!

#1 Rule of Only Hearts Club: There are only Hearts.

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Dear friends, some of you may already know but for those of you that don’t, I have an obsession with hearts (hence the heart in our DF logo).

It all started with my love for everything about NYC, and being the geeky designer that I am, I fell head over heels for Milton Glaser’s bold and beautiful iconic I Heart NY Logo.

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Only Hearts Club is where I share my passion for heart shaped stuff! Hearts I make, hearts I find and hearts by others. I’ve been busy working on a shiny new logo, website, and some lovely prints that I wanted to share with you, so please take a look at www.onlyheartsclub.co.uk.

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Only Hearts Club is an ongoing love affair of hearts of all shapes and sizes so watch this space…and remember Valentines Day is just around the corner. To celebrate the launch of Only Hearts Club I’ve produced a super limited edition screen print onto gold perspex, there’s only 10 and when they’re gone they’re gone.

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For latest news and to see what I’ve been up to, you can follow me on my Facebook page & blog.

Cheers

Nat

Nadia Ksaiba ‘Virtual Lover’

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Here is a shameless plug for ‘Virtual Lover’ the debut single of our long time lovely chum and the extremely talented Nadia Ksaiba. Available via Juno from September 16th and everywhere else from September 23rd.

For more info please check out:
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Treat ya ears and enjoy!

Music + Science = Art

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

So I finally got around to listening to some recent vinyl purchases at the weekend, in between the usual Saturday chores with a hangover and being used as a human trampoline by a 2 & 3 year old all day Sunday.

Anyway I was sifting through my mini backlog when I realise I’d completely forgotten that I’d bought Jon Hopkins latest release Immunity and what a treat it is. If like me you love a bit of dirty synth mixed with atmospheric ambience, backed up with unsettling, scratchy beats then you love the latest offering from Hopkins.

Needless to say it was ticking a lot of boxes for me while enjoying a nice cuppa tea and a couple of ginger nuts (biscuits people, biscuits!). So with laptop in-hand I went for a stroll on da YouTubes innit to see if there was a visual side to things.

I came across the above clip that beautifully supports the sounds on the album and acts as a teaser for a wider audio visual experience Hopkins is currently touring as a live show. The amazingness really kicks in when you find out how they’re created in the really interesting film below as told by Hopkins and his collaborators, art director & typographer Craig Ward and biochemist Linden Gledhill. Well worth a watch!

Jon Hopkins will be performing his live audio visual treat to a sold out audience at KOKO on the 21st September, if you’re lucky enough to have tickets I’m very envious indeed.

Enjoy!

Odette Toilette

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

We’ve been meaning to share some new work with you all for a while know, but getting around to actually doing it has been easy said than done!

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First off is Odette Toilette, the perfume lover behind Scratch+Sniff events. Under the banner of providing olfactory adventures for both perfume experts and those new to fragrance alike, her events offer unusual ways of discovering the world of scent. From collaborations with the wine industry to fragranced tours of the Tate’s Pre-Raphaelite exhibition, cake-fuelled Vintage scent afternoons and a creative exchange between perfumers and writers, the world of Odette has fast become the place to go for new experiences with smell.

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We’ve been lucky enough to attend a few of Odette’s events in the Bookclub and have always had a really great and interesting time. Check out Odette’s Scratch+Sniff events page for your chance to take a look (and smell) at fragrance in a different way.

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We designed Odette Toilette’s identity and stationery as well as the pot pourri Odette launched in collaboration with horticulturalist, Stephen Nelson.

Blend #1 of Odette Toilette’s Pot Pourri is limited to 250 pots. Each pot contains over two litres of rose petals, macerated until heady. This heart is surrounded by aromatics including lemon verbena, mint, Russian coriander, bay, sweet marjoram and cured lemon peel. Resins of benzoin, storax and tonka bean bring warmth and comfort.

The pot pourri’s midnight-black clay pot was hand-made in an artisinal pottery near York. Each pot is £45 (+p&p) and available to buy via the Odette Toilette website.

Blend #2 will follow soon – so watch this space.

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Oooh you smell good enough to eat!

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Odette Toilette Lickable Perfumes

So we thought we’d do a plug for our nicest smelling client Odette Toilette and her latest event ‘Lickable Perfumes’ at Sommerset House, tickets after the jump.

Olfactory events purveyor Odette Toilette and flavourist Danny Hodrien invite you to a masterclass to create your own lickable perfume. A sniffable history of 20th-century gourmand scents will be followed by a practical workshop under Danny’s expert guidance. Participants will be able to blend from a range of unusual aromatic flavour ingredients to create a skin scent that can be tasted.

What’s not to like or lick for that matter?

Enjoy.