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Time Unwrapped

Time Unwrapped is the tenth edition of Kings Place’s award-winning Unwrapped series.The design task for this series was challenging: time being such an abstract theme. We worked on how to portray the relationship between music and time: how music can stretch time, condense it, reverse it, organise it, atomise it, tangle with it and suspend it. The Time Unwrapped logo conveys the idea of the circularity of time in music, but also the fact that time is something that evolves within a direction and can only move forward, therefore vortex shaped. We also created the logo and text animation for the slow motion teaser and video. This year for the brochure we designed 8 illustrations to depict in a metaphorical way the articles’ contents: we choose the collage medium to create surreal allegorical images. “If architecture magnifies Space, music transfigures Time” Gérard Grisey
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The Night Shift

The Night Shift is the OAE (Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment)’s long-running classical concert series targeted at audiences under the age of 35 who do not regularly attend classical music in concert halls. The series is all about making classical music easy to enjoy for a young crowd in a more relaxed environment, such as a small pub, a summer festival or an unconventional venue like the Bussey Building in Peckham. In the Night Shift events drinks are allowed, the audience can take photos, people can move around and the players talk from the stage and introduce the music they are playing. We did a fresh new identity for the website visuals, poster imagery, social media and a new logo. Our new look and feel is modern and informal, the design elements are geometric and with vibrant colours that suggest the evening mood of the concert. “Classical music, minus the rules”      
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REVERIE, Liberation from Work

REVERIE, Liberation from Work is a limited-edition vinyl LP produced for the exhibition ‘Danilo Correale: At Work’s End’. The last episode of ongoing research into the effects of capitalism on human subjectivity conducted by the artist. The record is a two-part audio work, created in collaboration with a hypnotherapist, which draws the participants into an imaginative future without work. For the design of the cover, we adapted a picture of an office left empty after the 2008 credit crash, applying a fluidifying effect to suggest the hypnotic sensations prompted by the artist’s performance. We intentionally used a picture with a central perspective and darkened the area around the vanishing point to emphasize escape from the work-place and the riddle of a life beyond work.
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Bach, The Universe and Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything is a sunday morning series launched at Kings Place in 2017, led and performed by principal players of the orchestra and by the Choir of the Enlightenment. Every concert feature a different Bach cantata, and an inspiring talk exploring the physics and natural philosophy of Bach such as the origin of galaxies, what is light, symmetries, antimatter and stars. As the title is inspired by Douglas Adams Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy series, our branding is inspired by the representations of the galaxies and solar system, using a more approachable and friendly design for an audience who is not familiar with physics and science matters. ‘Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.’ Douglas Adams
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Pastalab

Pastalab is a modern, interactive and creative pasta workshop set within a traditional country house in Tuscany. With Pastalab you learn how to make fresh artisanal pasta using two simple ingredients and traditional methods and tools. We developed the identity, icons, textures and different printed applications. The visual language is modern and approachable, we used simple and memorable shapes that recall the geometry of pasta shapes.The logo uses a modern and elegant typeface with a little twist, the central A of the logotype is in fact made of a spaghetto/noodle, one of the iconic forms of the italian pasta. Craftsmanship comes through in the graphic applications: we produced bespoke aprons and tote bags using screen printing.
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FRONTIERA

FRONTIERA is a publication released with Marianne Noble for the eponymous cultural festival which was addressing the theme of borders and frontiers from a political and artistic perspective. The layout of the magazine plays on the idea of separation and confinement. The body text is arranged to suggest enclosure, or abruptly interrupted by misaligned titles, or inscribed in truncated geometrical shapes . The publication also included an insert with illustrations commissioned by artist Dan Pervjoski on the theme of borders.  
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Cello Unwrapped

Kings Place is a renowned London concert hall that every year organises an “unwrapped” series that include concert and events from January to December.  We designed the identity, campaign  and a brochure for the 2017 “unwrapped” series, which was dedicated to the Cello. For the logo we transformed the word “Cello” in a typify image of the instrument. The brief for the identity was to create a modern and elegant look and feel, for this reason we introduced bold geometrical shapes in the layout and we design a bespoke typeface. The photos are always in black and white through all the communications materials, and the colour palette comprises of 4 colours, black, white, grey and a vibrant red that lifts and creates contrast with the pictures. We created many different digital and print materials to promote “Cello Unwrapped”, from digital signs to a tube poster campaign. Every year the brochure content is not only the listing of the concert but also a collection of articles about the instrument, the musicians and the nature of the events that will feature in the unwrapped series. Each spread has featured images by the photographer Nick White. We worked on the art direction of the photo as […]
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London Smoke & Cure

London Smoke and Cure is an award winning smokehouse based in Crystal Palace (South London). It produces contemporary deli and street food. LSC creates quality handcrafted smoked and cured foods, using smokehouse traditions and artisan heritage. We designed the identity and the packaging system, exploring the handcrafted feeling but retaining a modern and elegant style. The logo comprises of three symbols, two come from alchemy iconography. The triangle is the symbol of fire and the circle of salt, and they are connected by a hook in the middle. They refer to the basic and authentic elements of smoking and curing techniques. A recurrent element in the identity and packaging is a part of an old etching, sourced from the online archive of Rijksmuseum. The illustration represents a rudimentary smokery and the portion we used as a texture is a detail of smoke.   
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Postcard to Bill

Debut album of the duo formed by London based pianist Bruno Heinen and guitarist Kristian Borring. Inspired by the recordings of Evans and Hall, the album comprises of compositions by the great jazz pianist Bill Evans arranged for the occasion. The album cover uses a bespoke font, created from the classical typeface Bodoni. The graphic layout captures the reflective elegance alongside the modern approach of Heinen and Borring. The overall look and feel is clean and minimal, recreating the atmosphere of 1960s New York.
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Capucci website

In connection with the overall identity we designed a fully content management system driven website for Capucci. It also automatically adapts its layout according to device and screen size. The site is designed to mirror the elegance and modernity of Capucci’s collection.
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Vortex Summer School

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In 2014, the Vortex Jazz Club hosted its first music summer school. The main focus of this three week course was to give a short introduction on how to improvise in a variety of musical styles. It also gave participants the opportunity to perform to family and friends at the end of each week. Supported by PRS for music foundation, Vortex Summer School was organized by professional musicians giving workshops on improvising, vocal song-writing and Eastern European music. We designed a poster and leaflet, which reflects the fun and lively atmosphere of the school. The poster is designed to be folded into the leaflet, becoming a practical pocket-brochure.
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Twinkle Twinkle

This cover art is for the debut album of jazz pianist Bruno Heinen. The compositions comprise of nine variations on the theme “Twinkle twinkle little star” and our graphic work translates these variations visually: a single typographical idea becomes an abstract motif representing the changing theme. We took the playful tone of the project through to the visual identity of the graphics, developing shape and form as the music does. The project incorporates the cover, on body CD and inner sleeve.
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Nicki Heinen

Heinen is a London-based, Cambridge-schooled prizewinning writer and poet. The logo was inspired by the stamp  “Ex-Libris” generally used to indicate a book’s ownership. We created a simple and geometric monogram. As the “Ex-Libris” is normally stamped in the middle of the first page of a book, the logo stands in the middle of the web page. The logo and cards also hint at the “playing card”, giving a playful and timeless feel.
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Plush Festival

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Every summer the village of Plush (Dorset) hosts concerts of classical, contemporary and jazz music under the artistic direction of cellist Adrian Brendel. The Festival brings together leading musicians from around the world for over five weekends from June to September. Performances take place in the intimate venue of St. Johns, a former church turned event space situated in a beautiful valley outside Dorchester. In 2015 Plush Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary. We designed the logo to celebrate this special occasion, alongside a brochure of the 2015 program. The natural beauty of the stunning surroundings were the main inspiration for the design. In the layout, landscape pictures nestle together with colorful illustrations, echoing the picturesque and vibrant nature of the festival.
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jacqueline ross

In 2014 we created the visual identity of the violinist Jacqueline Ross. Born in New York, she began her studies at the Juilliard School (NY); she then furthered her studies in contemporary music and baroque violin. Her solo recordings have met with wide critical acclaim. We designed a bespoke typeface for the logo, with the letter “S” taking inspiration from the f-holes of the violin. The dot of the logotype is a recurrent element in the overall identity, used as a bullet point in the stationery as well as the basic component of the dotted icons.  In addition to the identity we designed the website, which reflects the simplicity and elegance of the brand. It is fully responsive and easy to navigate. It comprises of a full album catalogue, individual CD pages with descriptions, reviews with audio extracts and a downloadable press kit. >
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