Just Bookmarks ?

This project is unique in many ways. Firstly, the function of a bookmark helps highlight tactile sensations of paper, celebrate simple joy of something analog in a world obsessed with digital. Secondly, the diverse geographical context makes it truly special — the bookmark is designed in Russia and printed in UK for a French company.

Also, the featured material is remarkable on it’s own: raw, uncoated stock in several weights with vibrant colours, produced from recycled potato skin, combined with almost stone-like surface texture, producing a very extraordinary look and feel experience.

We build our idea around mining and fossil extraction as they are in a way similar to creative practice. These activities involve processing a lot of raw material before finding what one is looking for. Curious Matter paper surface resembles untreated stone texture and our design is a metaphor for turning ore into something valuable.

Bearing in mind, that Curious Matter is all about sensation and is widely used in luxury print, we brought the idea of discovering beauty in something ordinary into the project via contrasting print finishing. We treated the bookmark as a stone cut. To show the sensation of the stock the front is left almost untouched with just the logo and text embossed, communicating untreated mineral. The reverse is hot-foiled to achieve the look and feel of a precious stone. The resulting design looks eye-catching and luxurious. It is not just beautiful but also functional, as it successfully shows how foil finishing works with the paper and the effects that can be achieved through the use of Curious Matter.







Product — Curious Matter paper by Arjowiggins
Design — The Bakery Design Studio
Production — Generation Press
Photography Lena Tsibizova

Who are The Bakery design studio.

‘The Bakery design studio’ works in different media with clients worldwide. “We are young, but experienced. We sharpened our teeth at renowned London studios & Moscow agencies”. Bakery design studio’s work has been featured in several books on design.

The main concept is thoughtfull, beautifully executed design. Their disciplines they work in include identity, custom typography, packaging, art direction and almost anything else one could think of, always open to new chalenges in different spheres.

‘The Bakery design studio’ website: www.madebythebakery.com

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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