Envisioned by the team behind Ryuko, KOKO is a casual Japanese eatery situated at The Calgary Farmers’ Market’s new West location. Rooted in the visual language of Japanese convenience store culture (konbini), its design serves as a nostalgic nod to the elements that ground us in the familiarity of our daily lives. In Japanese, KOKO can be translated as ‘baby tiger’ — since ‘ko’ means both ‘tiger’ and ‘child’ — which inspired the playfulness of this identity system, brimming with small moments of unexpected joy.
Spanning sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, moving-image and sound, MOCA’s 2023 Fall program includes artists Phyllida Barlow’s Eleven Columns, Liz Magor’s The Separation, and The Wedge Collection’s Dancing in the Light, part two of The City is a Collection series.
Our design approach was inspired by the tension and dialogue of the materiality itself, emphasizing translucency, and the tactile qualities presented in the exhibitions. The typographical system created an equal presence for all, yet it is through the use of color that it highlights the uniqueness of each.
NU is a production company committed to building stories that stand at the intersection of art and social change — with a deep belief in the power of impactful, inspirational and authentic stories. Their projects vary from TV, Features, Documentaries to Auditory and Experimental.
We designed a bold and explorative identity system, both in form and content to honor its experimental spirit and its mandate of creative independence.
Kapwani Kiwanga’s exhibition Remediation at MOCA expands on her research into how botany has long held a relationship to exploitation and acts of resistance — including how plant life has and may intervene in the rejuvenation of contaminated environments.
Our approach to the exhibition’s design is rooted in Kiwanga’s practice, emphasizing her use of colour and materiality while drawing attention to the many narratives and connectivities expressed throughout her work.
Remediation is co-organized by MOCA and the Remai Modern where it will be presented again in the fall. Kiwanga is among the world’s most important working artists today and will represent Canada at the 2024 Venice Biennale.
Beanstory, a subscription based service for direct to consumer beans, was born with a clear intent to reconnect people to what they eat, where their food comes from and the profound impact their everyday choices have. With a selection of 9 bean varieties consciously sourced from select organic farms around the US, the packaging needed to be bold and considered yet flexible enough to allow for future products. We designed a typeface inspired by the shape of a bean and the letter “B” that is ownable and recognizable, giving room for constant play.
BAO (Brampton Arts Organization) is a unique organization focused on advocating, amplifying and connecting the arts through a range of thoughtful programs and resources. Its identity reflects and honours the diversity of the artists and the multiplicity of visions living and working in place.
This book originates from the most profound love of land and identity. It is a convergence of talents, passions, thoughts, textures, flavours, creative forces, and unique sensibilities with an innate character, inherited from the indigenous cultures that have formed and illuminated Mexican culture.
From the materiality of carbon paper—the nearly discarded—to the impossibility of a typeface that has yet to be launched, ORIGEN MÉXICO reaches across time and space to deliver narratives that are multiple, rich, and authentic. This book honours the inherent beauty of the country and gives immense gratitude to those who have moved us to see further and deeper. All of the profits from the book support accessible education in Mexico.
Ryuko is a new Japanese kitchen and bar restaurant concept in Calgary offering a space to connect through the value and love of food. In Japanese, ryuko means both “dragon and tiger” which perfectly captures the strong yet complementary personalities of the restaurant’s business partners. We designed a flexible visual language that takes on a contemporary approach to traditional Japanese sensibility, textures and imagery.
District Tennis is an organization committed to fostering a competitive, fun and safe tennis environment for all communities. We were approached to design an educational and self-reflective journal that would accompany players in their athletic journey, grounded in the desire to better one’s self (a mejorar).
The book, Alberto Kalach Taller de Arquitectura X, is an expansive compendium of 40 years of thoughtful and compelling architecture. Alberto’s work has focused on both private and public projects, ranging from chapels and houses to large-scale urban plans. This book brings together more than 150 projects organized into six chapters or typologies —ships, dwellings, houses and gardens, towers, ensembles and roofs— that show a universe of explorations around architecture and the city.
This book celebrates the dialogue between simplicity, texture, light and the creative process itself. Designed with clarity and rawness as an invitation to participate and explore both the architecture and the profound thinking imminent in every project. It is a dance between time, space and geometry, and the infinite creative pursuit.
The MOCA Toronto Award honours and recognizes both visual artists and leaders for their innovation, accomplishment, and contribution to contemporary art. We created an identity that celebrates the award recipients and illuminates their legacy.
Thomas Demand’s exhibition HOUSE OF CARD at MOCA, refers to the precariousness of Demand's practice as a builder. Whereas architecture generally equates with permanence, Demand prefers to explore the limits of the ephemeral. Our approach to the exhibition's materials was an honouring of the role of architecture in Demand’s work. Exploring one singular large format piece, that through the process of construction and deconstruction could transform both content and form.
Girl Meet Money (GMM) is a female led fintech company purposefully driven to change women’s relationship to money by shifting the paradigm and creating a new space to participate. A space where women can access possibilities and enrich their lives through education, connectivity, and community. We designed an identity that highlights the idea that money is energy in motion and expressed it through its fluidity and dynamic colour palette.
Dating back to 1879, The Royal Hotel has been lovingly restored by a local family, reimagined for today’s traveller while honouring its strong roots in the community, situated at the heart of Prince Edward County.
We worked alongside architects GPAIA from day one to ensure every detail was considered — influenced by the layers of materiality to its full visual language, we created an identity that weaves together history and a unique sense of place. The logo itself is inspired by the language of cross-stitching and its connection to Prince Edward County’s heritage. Along with designing the visual identity for The Royal our involvement included the website, photography, menu systems, packaging, signage and architectural pieces.
With building construction breaking ground in 2015 our journey with The Royal Hotel has been nothing short of memorable. After designing the brand identity, we were approached to bring the same care and attention to a fully customized website. An invitation for users to explore the hotel and by extension Prince Edward County. The digital experience truly reflects the brand’s essence while seamlessly integrating all of the functionality to fulfill The Royal’s various offerings, including the integration of three booking engines and four restaurant menus. From the visual storytelling found in the seasonally rotating gallery to the custom icons inspired by the hotel’s architecture, we designed unexpected moments for users to uncover.
Under the new brand büro klaus, Klaus is developing and manufacturing products for today’s lived environment, which include evolved edits of iconic pieces, as well as new products. büro klaus challenges the design landscape and marks a new chapter in the Nienkämper family’s 52-year story as a leading retailer and manufacturer of high-quality contemporary furniture in North America. Our long standing relationship with the family meant we were once again invited to participate in this transformation for a truly cohesive and holistic brand experience.
Curated by Daisy Desrosiers, Rui Mateus Amaral and November Paynter, Greater Toronto Art 2021 (GTA21), brings together twenty-one of the most energizing artists and art collectives working in Toronto and asks each one of them to consider, “What is urgent to you today?”.
We were invited by the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) to design the exhibition identity, environmental graphics and printed publication of this large scale exhibition and new triennial. Rooted in the profound belief of remembering, storytelling, questioning, resisting, celebrating and making, this identity had to honour the re-imagining of a city and the artists working in it.
Nienkämper is a furniture company that has pursued the highest ideals in design and manufacturing since the 1960’s. It has collaborated with some of the most prominent architects and designers such as Frank Gehry and Karim Rashid among many others. After a long standing working relationship, we were invited to redesign Nienkämper’s identity system to align itself with the shifts in society and workplace as well as their new vision for the future. Grounded in the company’s values and spirit, we evolved the identity balancing its legacy in design and sense of place with a renewed context for a new generation.
living beauty inc. develops and inspires meaningful connections between the most innovative brands, trusted retailers and respected professionals in the industry. We designed an identity and packaging system, as well as a digital experience that parallels the brand's fluid understanding of beauty, its dimensionality, how it can expand and its possibility to transform.
Only with the senses can architecture truly be understood. Inspired by the balance of subtlety, spatial richness, and geometric forms found in the firm’s work, the new superkül identity is based in interplay of colour, shape and materiality.The designs contain a series of deliberate “unoccupied spaces”, a reflection that architecture is as much about the spaces in-between as the built form.
To celebrate their first ten years, we set out to create a book with deeply personal, intuitive experience that would reflect the firm’s unique philosophy and design approach. From the experimental format with subtle paper transitions and special silver finishes to the different printing techniques used in production, the book’s materiality mirrors and defines the firm’s work.
With an unwavering commitment to tread lightly in this world, our New Førs Packaging System is sustainable, recyclable and boldly sexy. We have always believed in the economy of means. To try to achieve the most with essential essence: with purity and clarity. Holding the utmost respect for our environment and its limited resources with intention and consideration.
We designed everything — from the name, visual identity and digital experience, to the packaging and tableware itself for førs, a new product design studio creating poetic objects for the everyday. This custom e-commerce website was thoughtfully designed and coded — balancing functionality and design — in order to create a seamless and elastic experience.
At the core of førs, our new product design studio, is the understanding that objects carry meaning and can transform our everyday lives. This identity with its bold, soulful visual language alludes to the company’s poetic intent. We designed everything — from the name, visual identity and custom e-commerce website, to the packaging and tableware itself. As both the client and designers of our own new company, every interaction needed to live up to its essence.