No 7 Balmac

July 23rd, 2017 § Leave a Comment

No 7 Balmac is a cafe / restaurant on Maori Hill in Dunedin. For a number of years it’s been faithfully serving locals and visitors with fresh flavours from ingredients largely grown in their own garden. After a recent interior upgrade it was felt the old identity could do with a bit of a refresh too. This was one of those surprise commissions where we had no idea when starting the project just what an amazing place this is, peopled with very passionate, skilled folks in a corner of Dunedin we’d never explored. We worked up a new identity focussed on applewood (which they cook on) and developed new menus, signage, website and postcards. Just go.

The Fed

July 12th, 2017 § Leave a Comment

This post has been a long time coming. Al Brown’s The Federal Delicatessen opened a few years ago and has been going from strength the strength. Gas worked alongside Al and architect Charlie Nott to bring a little bit of NYC to downtown Auckland. An ongoing pleasure.


Lauder Hotel

July 12th, 2017 § Leave a Comment

Just to prove not all of our clients are high-flying big-city types, we’re working with the owners of the Lauder Pub in Central Otago on an update of their identity. The image is based on an image we found in the archives of two fellas who used to shoot rabbits from a hand cart. As Lauder is located on the Rail Trail, it’s the perfect place to stop off and have a cold, craft brew to wash the dust off.

Mt Edward Vermouth

February 18th, 2017 § Leave a Comment

This is, for all intents and purposes, New Zealand’s first vermouth, created by the ever clever folks at Mt Edward (makers of some pretty choice pinot and riesling too). Inspired by Polish theatre posters and Bowie (RIP), the illustration is by Callum Robertson, art direction and design by Gas. Available at selected cafes, bars and restaurants. Negroni time.

 

Frasers Cafe

February 18th, 2017 § Leave a Comment

Frasers cafe is in Mt Eden, Auckland, and makes (by many peoples opinion) the best cakes and coffee in the city. What they don’t do is update their interiors much, it being 18 years since the space was given any sort of love. We were approached, along with Charlie at Nott Architects (together as Two Right Group) to update the space after the building had been strengthened. As well as making the space more luxe, we created a new logo, website and menu design, as well as supplying some tasty props for the shelves, including an early Viner racing bike.


Mr Go’s

February 18th, 2017 § Leave a Comment

Mr Go’s had been opened for just 3 months before an earthquake made the building unsafe. But in that short time it had created quite a following. Now open again, they’re back serving Bao buns, craft beer and cocktails. Named after an early Chinese market gardener in Wellington, Gas were called early on to develop the brand, creating a suite of logos, website, signage, posters and an unhealthy craving for the Kung-pao cauliflower. Welcome back Mr Go.

 

L’affare Melrose

February 18th, 2017 § Leave a Comment

Gas, along with Nott Architects, working under the Two Right moniker, created the first Auckland presence for L’affare. Housed on a back street in Newmarket in an old industrial space, we designed a roastery, cafe and office space based on a Madmen meets Goldfinger theme (we had inherited some mid century furniture from the old CEO). Coffee up!

Aro Cafe Identity

October 3rd, 2016 § Leave a Comment

Aro Cafe is a Wellington institution. Recognised as a highly creative community with a unique mix of students, professionals and goths, the cafe is a hub for the area. To coincide with a new dark interior, evening menu and a couple of Fiona Pardington prints, Gas dug out their black jeans and eye liner, played Cure records and crafted a series of icons for the cafe and associated coffee roasting business. Once you go black, you can’t go back.

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Discovered

April 20th, 2016 § Leave a Comment

We’ve just received these samples of L’affare’s new super premium coffee, in packaging we’d designed late last year. Design by Gas, illustration by the ever-clever Blair Sayer. Robin, fire up the Rocket!

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Barking Spider

April 18th, 2016 § Leave a Comment

While we sometimes joke about working for beer, in this case we actually (well, mostly) did. Barking Spider is a small South Island-based craft brewery. Old circus posters were the inspiration. Along with a couple of those 7% IPAs.

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