snøhetta + magne furuholmen design latest cognac bottle for braastad

snøhetta + magne furuholmen design latest cognac bottle for braastad


snøhetta + magne furuholmen design latest cognac bottle for braastad
photo © simen øvergaard
all images courtesy of snøhetta

 

 

 

the graphic designers at snøhetta have teamed up with norwegian artist and musician magne furuholmen (keyboardist of the pop band a-ha) to develop a limited edition bottle and packaging for the cognac producer braastad. as the latest scheme for the company’s ‘XO contemporary art’ initiative, the work continues a tradition which commissions creatives to produce, ‘a visual expression of what inspires them from the world of cognac.’ the concept is based on a minimal graphic language of contemporary art and employs hand-shaped letters, resulting in a composition and color scheme that is, ‘rarely associated with this type of beverage.’

snohetta cognac bottle magne furuholmen braastad xo contemporary designboom

the bottle and packaging design is based on hand-shaped lettering from the words ‘contemporary’ and ‘XO’
photo © simen øvergaard

 

 

 

the design was initiated based on two prints made by magne furuholmen, which compose the letters from the words ‘XO’ and ‘contemporary’. the graphic designers of snøhetta then worked with the artist to apply the work onto the cognac bottle and its box, with a goal of re-imagining and re-expressing the traditional beverage into something playful and unique. snøhetta’s graphic designer, henrik haugan, clarifies the team’s aim was, ‘to keep the analog touch to furuholmen’s art, and at the same time reduce the design to a minimum, creating a contrasting canvas for the personalized typography.’

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artist and musician magne furuholmen’s initial print for the project
image © magne furuholmen

 

 

 

the team sought to develop a layout which maintain braastad’s, ‘high-end feel, but adds an element of scandinavian cool to a classical french product.’ the design features a transparent background on the printed label, allowing the amber-toned liquid to become the backdrop for the expressive type face. a light beige color was selected for the packaging, which subtly contrasts the silver and white letters.

snohetta cognac bottle magne furuholmen braastad xo contemporary designboom

a transparent label was used in order to allow the amber tone of the cognac to become the design’s backdrop
photo © triac

 

 

 

in describing the company’s outlook on their craft as more than a product, braastad’s ina ravanger states, ‘we believe that the content itself is a piece of art. to create the perfect blend is an art form passed down through generations. to see various artists interpret our world gives us joy and inspiration, and we hope to continue with many more of these inspiring collaborations.’

snohetta cognac bottle magne furuholmen braastad xo contemporary designboom

photo © triac

snohetta cognac bottle magne furuholmen braastad xo contemporary designboom

photo © triac

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