11 Gorgeous Restaurant Branding Concepts by Eszter Laki


Eszter Laki – the undeniable queen of restaurant branding of Hungary has a remarkable portfolio under her belt, including over 20 editorial and branding concepts for the local food and restaurant scene in the designer’s hometown of Budapest. It seems to have become the norm for aspiring as well as established restaurateurs to seek out Eszter’s expertise, as most of the eateries opening their doors in recent years have trusted the designer with her on-point taste and talent. Lately, her reputation has spread across borders as her work can be found in Spain, Switzerland, Germany and beyond. Usually, I pick one design project to feature at a time but browsing through Lakis work I could not bring myself to choose. So here, please enjoy eleven – each more gorgeous than the previous – restaurant branding concepts by Eszter Laki.

1 Levante – a bistro & tapas bar in Barcelona, Spain

The Barcelona-based food bar Levante is an effortless, honest celebration of the Mediterranean lifestyle: endless socializing above perfectly simple food, embraced by tons of lush green plants. The airy graphics imitate the dynamics of the wind which has its own dance with every little plant and leaf found in its path. The windblown, handwritten Levante logo has an even more whimsical version used like Leeee. The color palette is ranging from bright, vibrant tones to peachy sunset-orange and ocean-blue shades. 

2 Hilda – a charming rotisserie bar in Budapest, Hungary

Located in downtown Budapest, Hilda Rotisserie is a charming restaurant which offers top-quality, free-range poultry food focusing on grilled chicken. The branding is heavily influenced by the architecture, down to its name (female equivalent of József Hild, the building’s architect) and is seen in the details: the soft, curvy H letter logo and the velvety blue and golden tones in art deco style.

3 Soï – a Thai street food canteen in Geneva, Switzerland

Soï canteen brings that authentic Thai street food atmosphere of little red plastic chairs and the rainbow neon lights to Geneva. The colors come from the Thai flag with some added faded yellow inspired by the hand-painted signs and the lividness of old posters on the streets of Bangkok. The comic strip-like letters have very special characteristics: the Thai translation of Soï contains uniquely designed details, a one-of-a-kind font which is a full modification of the original Latin letters.

4 Börze – a coffee house & restaurant in Budapest, Hungary

Börze is a contemporary interpretation of the early 20th century’s Hungarian hospitality and food culture where cafe halls, elegant deli counters, and other glorious details were part of the middle class’ everyday life. This nostalgic visuality is supported by playful yet elaborate drawings of animal characters by illustrator Zsófia Perger.

5 Khan – an Asian restaurant in Budapest, Hungary

Khan is the second venue of a Budapest based group of Vietnamese-Chinese friends who believe in connecting cultures through gastronomy. Khan means majestic which applies to the food service as much as to the interior design. Given that the menu contains eye-catching courses in a fabulous environment, the graphic identity was deliberately kept as simple as possible to let the food prevail. The logo is derived from the lattice pattern of the woven lampshades which are typical Asian products originally used as fish nets. 

6 My Green Cup – a 3rd wave specialty coffee shop in Budapest, Hungary

A hearty specialty coffee place opened in the XIII. district of Budapest, Újlipótváros, densely packed with icecream-colored Bauhaus buildings and small-scale ventures creating a charming environment. My Green Cup reflects this affectionate, homely atmosphere of the neighborhood, while the heart of the interior and branding design is the jewel of the place, a custom made deep green Synesso espresso machine. Even the graphic artworks on the wall by Levente Csordás are following the color codes.

7 Urban Tiger – an Asian restaurant & bar in Budapest, Hungary

Urban Tiger is an Asian restaurant in downtown Budapest and run by the same owner as Hotel Rum next door. They are connected both operatively and aesthetically so the interior design of the bar follows the visual principles of the neighboring hotel. The dressed tiger in the logo is a domesticated, urban version of the Asian animal which is a national symbol in many Asian countries and used as a synonym for economic growth as well.

8 SÁO哨  – a Vietnamese & Chinese restaurant in Budapest, Hungary

The SÁO哨 food & bar is the result of a long-lasting friendship between the two Vietnamese and one Chinese owner, a special partnership which is nourished by the same gastronomical fascination and the appreciation of Asian home cooking. This connection is emphasized by the chosen name Sao, which has synonymous meanings in Chinese and Vietnamese culture: bird, whistle, and all the positive associations coming with it.

9 Terminal – a restaurant located in the building of Design Terminal, Budapest, Hungary

The Terminal Restaurant resides at Erzsébet tér, in the heart of downtown Budapest. The building was operating as one of the largest and busiest MÁVAUT bus stations in the city for decades back to 1949.
The interior design was conceived by the 81font architecture in a tight cooperation with the graphic identity – reserving, recalling and highlighting the original features of the building. This attitude resulted in the emblematic logo, the minimalist copper clock which has served the building from the very beginning.

10 P L A T Z   B A D   R E I C H E N H A L L – a restaurant & cocktail bar in Bad Reichenhall, Germany

The restaurant is located in the heart of Bad Reichenhall which is a spa city in Upper Bavaria, Germany. Tradition and modernism meet in the interior concept and the design. The identity was based on the original Platz restaurant in Budapest, just it had a bit of the “Kaiser’s touch” – since the building is located at the Kaiserplatz 1. The original illustrations were made by the illustrator Anna Holló. The menu folders were made by the amazing avantgarde designer Mrs. Herskin.

11 Bar Pharma – cocktail bars in Budapest, Hungary

The staff at Bar Pharma are more like pharmacists, than bartenders, who cure your soul with the best cocktails, rums, gins from around the world. That’s why the old pharmacies, chemistry laboratories inspired the visual concept. The logo was engraved into the tiny medicine bottles (used for the shots). There is a periodic system with all the alcohols which you can find in the Pharma.

Images © Eszter Laki

16 Stylish Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas


Find a perfect way to show your love and affection to that special someone in your life with one of these adorably creative last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas. I’m not one to go over the top for Valentine’s Day gifts or decoration and often opt for something minimal, simple and stylish. All sixteen of these ideas will not take too much time or effort to make, perfect for us eleventh-hour people, but will definitely get the heart racing and you in the good graces of your significant other.

And it goes without saying…they’re all perfectly matched with any paper lovers taste.

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Bastion Branding by GLAD HEAD Studio


Ukrainian graphic design studio GLAD HEAD focuses on trading and corporate branding, developing of websites and multipage publications, with their latest project being a new face and packaging for a local shoe brand Bastion. The concept combines hand-drawn illustration, stylish typography, photography and a contemporary color scheme and material choices.

Every day we wake up in the morning and make the first step then another and another. Footwear is an integral part of our everyday life. Our world is huge and there are so many things to do – it would be irrational to waste time and effort for uncomfortable footwear. Bastion is a footwear of freedom despite age and social status, footwear for each your step to be the most comfortable, explains the designers. The hand-drawn illustration communicates the idea of flight and freedom, while the material and color choices tell more about the brands down-to-earth approach to life and footwear.

Images © GLAD HEAD


Janka Arnoczy’s Larose Collection


The Hungarian brand Janka Arnoczy represents fashion accessories, home decor pieces and stationary for all who loves chic and quality products. When it comes to design the main inspiration comes from natural shapes and forms combined with graphic, hand-drawn patterns which make the brand’s image much personal and unique. Their latest collection titled “Larose” is a collaboration with a jewelry brand Leanea designer Cser Boglárka.

The brand was founded by and named after Janka Arnoczy, a Hungarian fashion design graduate who was always into graphic design and paper goods. It is important for Arnoczy to communicate a certain mood and feeling through her products, to color up everyday life. Pastel shades, shiny details, and patterns, sweet, lovable designs are the main characteristics of the brand. These aesthetics are echoed in the gift box series Larose, which was created especially women in mind. The minimalist jewels and the notebooks fine rose patterns together is a perfect combination for every stylish woman who loves sophisticated design. Get yours here.

Images © Arnoczy Janka


Blürb Studio’s Annual Christmäs Teä


Krakow based Blürb Studio is oriented on creating all-inclusive branding strategies, working in a multitude of disciplines believing that a well-designed brand exists not only as a series of pleasant images but also creates meaningful experiences and strong bonds with its recipients. They understand the power of design, whether working for a client or on a personal project.Each year the studio celebrates the holidays by producing a signature tea for their friends and clients, and last year was no different. A unique compilation of hibiscus, rose, and rum combined with a strong dose of humor the Blürb Studio Christmäs Teä 2017 came with the following instructions: “… put on your best silk pajamas. Light copious amounts of candles and put your feet up in your favorite comfy chair. Immerse the teabag in a cup of hot water for at least eight minutes — it’s a while, we know, but in the meantime, you will be able to listen to Kenny G’s masterpiece, The Moment, twice, which will surely put you in a sensual, reflective mood”. The pink packaging with the playful illustrations and typography and clever tea bag tags with the team members faces on them are sure to bring Christmas joy.

Images © Blürb Studio

TypeType Branding by Comence Studio

Comence is a branding and design studio from Saint Petersburg, Russia, who specializes in brand strategy, identity, packaging, web, and mobile design. They were approached by TypeType Foundry, a market leader in font production, with a task to develop a new brand identity. What Comence created is a reflection of the brand’s perfectionism, clear vision, and ability to combine beauty with functionality, in a stylish, contemporary concept.
The white rectangular block with sharp edges and flawlessly printed logotype defines the range which includes brand stationery made of high-quality materials, immaculate printing techniques with clean, fresh design. The simple logotype is a metaphor for TypeType’s well-coordinated and continuous work process: day by day, letter by letter, type by type, while the minimal color scheme is directly inspired by and taken from the work process: white for paper, black for fonts, gray for the tones of font rendering, and beige for manual labor. TypeType combines algorithms and accuracy with beauty and functionality. Comence translated these features into a striking brand stationery.

Images © Comence Studio


Li Hongbo’s Mind-boggling Paper Sculptures


Chinese born artist Li Hongbo creates deceiving sculptures and installations, which turn from frigid, stone-like objects into flexible, moldable structures, inspired by what he describes as “the endless possibilities of paper”. Thousands upon thousands pieces of paper strategically glued together forming a honeycomb-like construction enables Hongbo to carefully stretch out the objects into a desirable shape creating a magical, awe-inspiring moment for the viewer.

A former book editor and designer, Hungbo was trained in a variety of artistic fields from Fine to Folk to Experimental Art. When he discovered the common use of honeycomb paper is the Chinese culture, used in children’s toys to festive decorations he dismantled one and discovered how simply it was made and the amazing flexibility, resilience, and strength the paper structure encapsulates. He learned to reproduce the process manually. While a painstaking craft which requires a whole new level of perfection, the results are rewarding in their simple beauty as a piece of art, as well as an ability to create a moment of revelation and discovery.

In the video below Hungbo talks about his craft and technique.

Images © Li Hongbo



Vanessa Snyders’ Majestic Paper Bird Sculptures


South African photographer Justin Dingwall is known for challenging the idealized perceptions of beauty in his imaginative, emotion provoking photographs. Often utilizing the power of contrast and play on light and shadow, his latest set of images incorporate majestic paper bird sculptures by fellow SA creative Vanessa Snyders. Series titled Fly by night has garnered praise and admiration online since their release, and will undoubtedly gather the same recognition when presented at the London Art Fair taking place as we speak.

Snyders detailed, meticulously executed white paper birds are brought to life in Dingwall’s masterfully executed photographs, and as the paper artist writes herself: “All the hours cutting feathers for these sculptures has been so worth it!”, we couldn’t agree more. The photos are a marvelous example of the power of simple white paper – and what it can become in the hands of talented individuals.

See more of amazing images by following Dingwall and Snyders on Instagram.

#papercrow #papercut #papersculpture

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Peng Wei’s Rice Paper Sculptures Merge Eastern Motifs With Western Objects


Peng Wei is a contemporary Chinese artist who primarily works with rice paper and various applications of it. The Beijing-based artist’s work features classical ink and color painting, depicting landscapes of trees, rivers, and pagodas often placed on unconventional materials, such as the insides of shoes or molded torsos or legs made of rice paper. By combining the traditional eastern motifs with western objects she creates a juxtaposition expressing her concern for the impact of globalization on China’s cultural heritage.

Wei’s work has been shown within the walls of the National Art Museum of China, the Fukuoka Art Museum in Yokohama, as well as the Kunstmuseum Luzern in Switzerland and is part of the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Hong Kong Museum of Art to only name a few. In the case of her boot sculptures, Wei collaborated with renowned Italian shoe brand Sergio Rossi. The thigh-high rice paper forms feature delicate floral patterns, Chinese warriors on horseback, and depictions of small houses among forest trees.

Images © Peng Wei