Literary Lives

I discovered this set of cover illustrations in our cupboard - commissioned in 1985 by Thames and Hudson for their Literary Lives series. Each illustration is painstakingly cut out of layers of coloured tissue and sometimes torn for effect. This was my first ever commission and I was deiighted when the lovely art director Constance Kaine, left a note at my degree show asking me to get in touch. Thirty years later and a lifetime in design and i still get a thrill from that memory.

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Bean and Gone

Redchurch Street has long been the coolest corner of Shoreditch but even we were bowled over by the gorgeous Mast Brothers chocolatiers from Brooklyn. Drawn in by the funky neon  storefront we immediately fell in love with the brand, and more importantly their beautifully packaged chocolate. Each bar is wrapped in a weighty printed wrapper - gorgeous uncoated stock and simple repeat patterns.

 

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Sunflower Power

Even though it has been the sunniest winter on record we’ve still been looking forward to the return of lighter evenings and decided to do a little spring mailer to celebrate. It was also an opportunity to indulge some of our passions – gardening, letterpress and packaging. Andrew designed the envelope and graphic sunflower, Avril was copywriter and typographer and Baddeley Brothers printed it letterpress onto GF Smith’s Colourpan, Citrine 175gsm.

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Bread Winner

Some jobs come with perks and when we were asked to re-brand The Flour Station part of the attraction was sampling their delicious sourdough! It also came hot on the heels of Andrew’s own adventures with baking bread. This is the result – holding onto the essence of who they are but creating a marque which is easier to read, recognise and use – we have developed a tight little ‘flag’ that you will see in London’s coolest farmers markets and eateries.

No Place Like Home

We paid a visit to the Home/Top Drawer exhibition at Olympia yesterday and like children in a candy shop we were wide-eyed with delight at seeing some of our recent design for Tala hot off the press. The tea towels are our new favourites - five designs in gorgeous colours to complement the 2015 range - simple, striking and excellent quality. The tea tray is also top of the Broadbase must-have list, closely followed by the fabulously retro triple sifter. We have designed all of the packaging and surface graphics but the shapes themselves are mostly based on original designs from the Tala archives.

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Pipe Dreams

Just when you thought christmas was out of the way we can reveal our new designs for Tala. Following on from the success of Tala Syringe and Queen icing sets we were asked to develop designs for a series of project specific piping sets. We helped Tala develop the story, the instruction booklets and even the contents to create three distinct gift sets – christmas, hedgehog and meringues.

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