Friday, 28 December 2018


ZRS Architekten are a Berlin based architecture and engineering practice specialising in the use of natural building materials, especially Earth, Timber and Bamboo. Formerly, Ziegert, Roswag, Seiler Architekten engineers, London based designer, Dan Cottrell created a new visual identity for ZRS, uniting their previously separate offerings and positioning them as a modern, forward-thinking and holistic company. The new logotype, stationery, publications and website were developed to coincide with the company's 15th birthday.
This 16pp broadsheet is one of the publications produced for their anniversary, showing a selection of their projects from 2003-2018. 

The finished size is 176x125mm folding out to 500x352mm.
The front side shows individual projects, allowing the space on the inside to be used for a large scale image (below) - showing the interior of Firmengebäude Flexim, Berlin.
The publication is printed offset litho on our Offenbach Bible 60gsm ...and it looks and feels absolutely gorgeous - it flops and folds in a delightful way when handling the publication as I hope these images demonstrate.
The 'birds eye' image, below shows the concertina fold...
Visual Identity and design is by Dan Cottrell.
Printing is by Push Print based in London with Anthony Dearlove handling the project ...and the reproduction on our Offenbach Bible 60gsm is exceptional, as usual.
Posted by Justin Hobson 28.12.2018

Monday, 24 December 2018

Build by Tom Pigeon

Tom Pigeon is a creative studio founded by Pete and Kirsty Thomas in 2014. They met and started working as designers in the early 1990’s and since then have worked across design disciplines. As Tom Pigeon they design simple things for people to enjoy including prints, jewellery and stationery. 

This is a print, titled 'Build' that they have designed for Social Bite Village - a development in Edinburgh which gives homeless people somewhere to live and all the support they need to get back to work and into long-term accommodation.
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All profits from this limited edition screen print inspired by the amazing space and remarkable work of Social Bite Village will be donated to the charity. ‘Build’ celebrates both the physical construction of this remarkable community and its work to encourage new and positive futures for its homeless residents.
The size of each print is A2 (594x420mm) and is hand-pulled using waterbased inks at Harvey Lloyd Screenprinting and is a limited edition of 100 signed, numbered and embossed prints. Below show the detail of the embossing...
Printed in three colours on our Matrisse 200gsm which we donated for this project. It is beautifully printed with fantastic register and detail as you can see from the image below...
If you would like one of these 100 limited edition prints, you can buy one by following the link here:
Posted by Justin Hobson 24.12.2018

Friday, 21 December 2018

Namma Menu

Kricket is a modern Indian restaurant group with three restaurants in Soho, Brixton and the former Television Centre (White City). Founded by partners Rik Campbell and chef Will Bowlby, Kricket has recently expanded into the takeaway market, launching a new brand Namma by Kricket.
The partners were inspired by their travels across India and while they were in Mumbai they hired a couple of Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles. It was this trip that inspired both the takeaway brand and their dishes with a twist.

The 8pp menu is a 'pocket size' 135x90mm, folding out to 360mm long...
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Top image shows the inside and the bottom image shows the outside, featuring a Royal Enfield Bullet Motorcycle. The below image shows the 8pp concertina fold
The Namma by Kricket branding is by &Smith and they created a suite of literature including the menus and other collateral.

Designer on this project is Cécile Dumetier. The project is printed by Gavin Martin Colournet and is produced on their HP Indigo press, printed on our Shiro Tree Free, Cream 250gsm, which is an off white, natural board, manufactured from 100% non-tree fibres.
Posted by Justin Hobson 21.12.2018

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Panettone Wrap

This is a lovely project which was produced last year at Christmas time. I received a call from Richard Davey at London based printer Leycol, who asked if we could supply a 60gsm in a red and black paper. We discussed the project further and it turned out that paper was to be printed with a metallic gold text and sent to Italy to wrap the traditional Panettone cake for sale in the Wildwood Deli.

Unfortunately I couldn't find a readily available red/black 60gsm stock paper available from one of our supplying mills and the quantity wasn't enough for a 'mill making',  so I suggested that he could successfully print a solid colour onto our Offenbach Bible 60gsm and the metallic gold text with excellent results. I sent Richard a printed sample of a McQ project to show how well a solid could work.  
The sheets were printed on a B1 Heidelberg offset litho press, in a solid pantone (not panettone colours!) colour plus a metallic gold and as you can see, the paper has printed beautifully. The size of the finished sheets are 550x750mm.
Not only does Offenbach Bible print beautifully, it also is very strong and "scrunches" beatifully! making it ideal for this type of wrapping, where a tissue paper (which you wouldn't be able to Litho Print) would actiually not be strong enough ...and here is the finished packaged article
Couldn't resist trying a slice!
Thanks to Richard Davey for giving us the opportunity to be involved with this very tasty project!
Posted by Justin Hobson 18.12.2018

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Fenner Paper 2019 Diary

If you are a regular user of our papers, you should be receiving your new 2019 diary in the post next week. Here's a sneak preview...  

As in previous years, the diary is 230x162mm, portrait and retains the popular 'month to view' format. The cover board is printed offset litho in just one colour on our new Creative Print 210gsm, which is 100% Recycled.
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The 40pp text is simply printed in one colour, offset litho, on our lovely Offenbach Bible 60gsm, which has a superb opacity and a good writing surface making this an ideal paper for a diary or notebook.
               This year the cover has been created by the wonderful Mr Doodle. Regular readers of this blog may remember I met the 23 year old Mr Doodle (aka Sam Cox) at The Art of Ping Pong opening last year and was truly inspired by his work, so I asked if he would like to collaborate on our 2019 diary and he said yes!
Our thanks to Mr Doodle for creating such a wonderful cover. If you aren't familiar with his work, this video shows the incredible speed at which he works - stunning:
If you don't receive a diary from us, then firstly you need to become a Fenner Paper user and then just ask if you can have a diary's easy!
Posted by Justin Hobson 13.12.2018

Monday, 10 December 2018

Hatch Interiors - Lyon Square

Hatch Interiors is a company which specialises in interiors and furniture for landlords and serves the rental market. London agency 400 to created the Hatch Interiors brand identity a few years ago and this piece of collateral is for a development in Harrow called Lyon Square.
The finished size is 210x118mm and the format is a 12pp roll fold, which folds out to 210x700mm. Hopefully you can see the way it works from the 'birds eye' picture below:
It is printed on our Marazion Ultra 170gsm, chosen because of it's good bulk and printability. At 170gsm it is around 190microns thick, which takes a crease really well but would still fold out well and not feel too rigid - there's always a danger with roll folds in particular that they become too clunky if the weight is too heavy.

It is printed offset litho in CMYK and hot foil blocked with a black gloss foil on the front cover.
To effectively demonstrate the way it works, the pictures below, show how it rolls out page by page...

Opening spread:
 ..folding out to
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 Below shows it fully folded out to the 700mm width
 ...and the below image shows the reverse side:
For readers not familiar with Marazion Ultra, it's a fully coated paper but it really does have a dead flat MATT surface. There are many papers on the market which profess to be matt (and some which incorporate the word matt in the name, but aren't!) ...but this really is - and if you don't believe me, please ask for a sample!
You can see from the detail shot below, that the reproduction of the interiors is excellent:
Below is a detail showing the hot foil blocking in a gloss black foil on the front cover. 
Art direction and design is by Hatton Garden based consultancy, 400. Creative Director is Paul Dennis, designer on the project is Andrew Pitchford

Print and finishing is by Dylan Hughes at All About Print.
Posted by Justin Hobson 10.12.2018

Friday, 7 December 2018

Subtle - Takeo Paper Exhibition

Yesterday, I visited Japan House in Kensington to see the Takeo paper exhibition which opened last month. The show, Subtle, has been touring the globe since 2014 and is one in a series of exhibitions commissioned by the Japanese based paper company, Takeo. The show is designed and art directed by Kenya Hara.
The exhibition presents works designed and crafted by creators living and working in Japan from diverse disciplines across art, animation, architecture, fashion, graphic design and literature. These unique creations explore a fascination with paper, highlighting the individual choices of material and the diversity of textures, colours, techniques and applications specific to their creative practice.
The exhibition originates from the 47th Takeo Paper Show, Japan’s only paper industry show, which has been held since 1965. It is known for working with top creators to take up the challenge of bringing out new potential from paper. Many of the innovative creations on display serve to highlight this delicate craft in a modern and contemporary light.
Curated and directed by HARA Kenya, Chief Creative Director for the global Japan House project, the SUBTLE exhibition explores the influence of Japanese minimalism, inviting visitors to observe each innovative artwork up close and in minute detail.
There is a wonderful book available, which you can see here:
The show is free admission. It is only open until 24th December, so you'll have to be quick.
Posted by Justin Hobson 07.12.2018

Monday, 3 December 2018

Jobs from the past - Number 110

Regular followers of this blog will know that my first post of every month is a "job from the past" so that I can show some of the really good work from years gone by...

Villa Frankenstein 2010
Journal of the British Pavilion, 12th International Architecture Exhibition

In 2010 the British Pavilion, for the British Council, was transformed into Villa Frankenstein by muf architecture. Drawing on the work of John Ruskin, the British Victorian social critic and historian of Venetian architecture, the pavilion acted as a stage for drawing, discussion and scientific enquiry.
Villa Frankenstein enabled an exchange of ideas between Venice and the UK, examining the city’s relationship with the UK and the situation of Venice as an archipelago that has given birth to some of the most iconic architecture in the world. In all of his writing, John Ruskin emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, and architectural structures and ornamentation.
This is the publication to accompany the exhibition and the size is 260x163mm portrait, saddle stitched. There is a 4pp cover with a 32pp text and a centre CMYK 8pp section on a coated paper.

Photographic section, printed in CMYK on a coated paper... 

The 'Made in Venice' theme was continued through a series of separate installations in the outer galleries of the pavilion, including a 15 square-meter slice of salt marsh, showing a close‐up view of the native flora and fauna of the Venice Lagoon.
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Printed offset litho throughout in two colours, blue and black (plus the CMYK centre photographic section). The paper used is our Favini SHIRO Alga Carta, White, chosen because it was in keeping with the sustainable nature of the project, because it is manufactured partly using algae harvested from the Venice lagoon, combined with recycled and FSC certified fibres. Algae blooms at the end of Summer in the Venice lagoon as the warm water combines with pollution and must be harvested to maintain the lagoon's eco-balance. The cover is on 300gsm and the text is on 120gsm and the relationship between text and cover is just right, it flows superbly:
Birds eye view...
If you aren't familiar with Shiro Alga Carta, the specs of Alga are actually visible in the sheet as you can see in the detail below:
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The publication was published by the British Council. Design is by Axel Feldman at Objectif, a London based studio. Printing is by Papergraf based in Padova.
Posted by Justin Hobson 03.12.2018