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Arts and Culture / Retail
Identity
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Experience
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Product

Sculptural Nature

Category
Arts and Culture / Retail
Product
Identity + Bespoke Typeface
Client
Eikund
Awards
European Design Award. 2017

Identity & Bespoke Typeface for Eikund, a furniture company re-launching Norwegian furniture classics. Transitioning Norwegian design icons into todays design scene, with an emphasis on craftsmanship and tradition.

Challenge

The challenge was to separate Eikund from the generic mass of furniture producers. Adding personality, and an attitude that would communicate their product. For Eikund the most important factor of success was to clearly demonstrate what makes Norwegian craft unique and valuable – and being able to tell this story in all applications.

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Solution

Eikunds identity evolves around their sculptural furniture. We wanted to tell the story of a naked aesthetic, both as a visual clue – but also as the narrative of Scandinavian design. The notion of nakedness, honesty and something pure. The main composites builds up under the idea of a transition from historic to relevant. A fiery orange is applied to create a contrast to the natural materials of the product, and to establish Eikund as an innovator in their segment. We developed a custom typeface, constructed with shapes from their furniture. It's a Neo-Grotesque sans-serif, with a neutral appearance but specked with details and contextual alternates, as a natural extention of the furnitures.

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Wordmarks, list

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<p>Design note</p>
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Design note

<p>Character set</p>
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Character set

Result

As a result Eikund received a distinct expression to establish a new voice in an already crowded market. Backed by a solid storytelling and physical resemblance the typeface and identity plays it role, and also serves as a contrast to the narrative of the humble Norwegian heritage, transitioned towards a global market.

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Business cards, Invitation

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Layup

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