Sahara Hotnights

Sahara Hotnights

Jens Assur is one of Sweden’s best photojournalist and most famous for his work in war-torn countries such as Somalia and former Yugoslavia. But Jens has more skills than photography and he now days runs a design and concept studio in Stockholm. Together with talented illustrator Mikael Eriksson, Studio Jens Assur have designed a great, retro looking cover for the Swedish rock band Sahara Hotnights. I wish more album covers looked like this, and movie posters for that matter…

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Pen Pencil Stencil

Pen Pencil Stencil

Mark Giglio makes wonderful things under the name Pen Pencil Stencil. I especially like the beautiful wooden figures that Mark has designed. Unfortunately they are limited edition and all sold out. But Mark is planning to reopen his webshop with new items sometime this summer so I suggest following him on Twitter.

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Telia redesign

Telia redesign

Swedish-Finnish telecom giant TeliaSoner is updating the identities for all their national sub brands. The change that started in 2009 with their eurasian companies, such as Kazakstanian Kcell, has now come to TeliaSoneras home market. For us Swedes it will mean that the deep pink that we’ve come to associate with Telia will be replaced by a purple color and the logo will get a new font and a pebble that at least reminds me a bit of the StepStone logo. The new identity was designed by Landor Associates.

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Copen*hagen by Carlsberg

Copen*hagen by Carlsberg

Copen*hagen is made with a little help from our friends. Like you – and the likes of you – who care about design, taste and quality. You told us what you were looking for: a crisp, delicate and refreshing beer that looks great. Those aren’t my words, that’s how danish beer brewer Carlsberg wants us to view and feel about their latest creation. The clean design was made inhouse at Carlsberg and I think they got the design right for the design aware 25–35 year olds that they are targeting. The only problem I have with the design is that the light beer more looks like cider or a some sort of alcopop. And the question is if the trendy people will fall for yet another marketing ploy or stick to their smart, obscure IPAs

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Daymer Bay Iced Tea

Daymer Bay Iced Tea

Cornwall based Daymer Bay Iced Tea has gotten a great redesign by Lisa Claire Stewart. As all good designers she developed a bunch of different design variations based on the companies motto/catchphrase, taste of Cornwall (in a bottle). The inspiration, is as you might see, the ocean and the waves that makes Cornwall a surfing hotspot. After the jump you’ll find a bunch of Lisa’s designs, my favorite is the speech bubble version but Daymer Bay Iced Tea liked the cleaner lest colorful version, perhaps a safer alternative? To compare, you’ll also find a image of the old bottles at the bottom of the page after the jump.

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Absolut Svea

Absolut Svea

We don’t see too many limited edition vodkas from Absolut in Sweden but this spring we’re getting Absolut Svea, a vodka flavored with apples and ginger. And as a limited edition vodka should, Absolut Svea got a different design than the usual bottles. Behind the design we find Swedish artist Fredrik Söderberg. A very interesting artist even if I don’t think that Absolut Svea is his best work. But I do like the idea with how the bottles tells a story going from the summer solstice to the winter solstice. What do you think of the design?

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1080 recipes from Spain

1080 recipes from Spain

In 1972 the first edition of Simone Ortega’s cookbook 1080 recetas de cocina was released. The cookbook is now on it’s 48th edition and it’s been bought by more than 2 million spaniards. In 2007 Simone Ortega, in collaboration with her her daughter Inés Ortega, released two english versions of 1080 recetas de cocina (1080 Recipes). The british version is publish by Phaidon and it’s wonderfully and playfully illustrated by designer Javier Mariscal. Simone Ortega passed away in 2008 but her legacy lives on through her legendary cookbook.

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Bistro coffee pot by Nick Munro

Bistro coffee pot by Nick Munro

When designer Nick Munro and his wife Ali went on their honeymoon to Turkey they bought an classic Turkish bistro coffee pot with a beautifully ornate handle. Years later Nick Munro saw the same type of coffee pot in a Paris bistro. After being reintroduced to the classic Turkish design he decided to do a modern interpretation of the pot. The result is a wonderful 19 cm tall stainless steel bistro pot with a dark ebony handle. As a lover of kurbits and arabesque, and tasteful modern interpretation of the two styles I’m considering getting one for myself.

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Black teas from Friggs

Black teas from Friggs

Swedish Friggs is mostly know for their health oriented products and herbal teas. They are now breaking their tradition of fruity teas (no pun intended) and releasing a line of black teas tastefully packaged by the design agency Public Speaking. The design is based round clean typography and simple symbols indicating the teas different flavors. The overall look has a retro feel and I like it.

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