The visual identity for Köksbordet by Hörte Brygga

Köksbordet visual identityChallenge

THE CORE Create a visual identity and logo for Köksbordet by Hörte Brygga, a small restaurant located in the Hörte harbour in South of Sweden, and apply that onto a number of brand touchpoints. Emma and Martin, the founders of Köksbordet, also runs the well-thought-of (mentioned by New York Times in places to go and part of the White Guide) and award-winning restaurant Hörte Brygga. Since both restaurants are located on the same address, but operates during different parts of the year, the founders Emma and Martin wants to make it easier to differentiate the two of them by giving them different visual concepts. In the summer the restaurant is called Hörte Brygga and is mainly a lunch restaurant with drop-in (without the possibility to book in advance). Köksbordet is open during the rest of the year and is only open for prebooked guests with longer sittings in the evening.
CUSTOMERS & COMPETITION The primary customers for Köksbordet are genuinely food and beverage interested people with an open mind.  The typical customer is a affluent person, likely from the Malmö-Copenhagen area, with a design interest that eats out a lot. Emma & Martin do not see other restaurants as competitors, they see them more like colleagues and sources for inspiration.
THE BRAND In short a visit at Köksbordet shall feel like the kitchen-hangout on a great home party. Key words for Köksbordet are Craftsmanship, Natural ingredients, Locally produced, Small-scale, Relaxed atmosphere, Quality, Fun and Inspiring.
USAGE The logo and identity will be used on business cards, gift cards, clothing, web site, menus and email-newsletters.
FRIENDS The development of the website has been made by Peter Anderhagen, illustrations has been created by Fanny Schultz and main imagery photographed by Christian Gustavsson.

Solution

NO NEED TO GET COMPLICATED Emma & Martins philosophy “If you have access to great knowledge and ingredients there are no need to get complicated” sort of concluded everything for me. I wanted the visual identity to go hand in hand with this. Simplistic, but also a feeling of hand-made and human. The restaurants´ location by the sea can be felt through the wavy baseline of the logotype.
SYMBOLIC The word Köksbordet means Kitchen table in English and every sitting has room for 12 people. Based on that I created a simplified logo version for social media e t c that uses the symbolism behind that.
NATURAL COLOR SCHEME The colors are subdued and are all found in nature and in the locally produced ingredients that Emma & Martin use a lot in their cooking. The base sand color signals nature, sand and close-to-sea.
FITS IN BUT STANDS OUT I have worked hard to create a identity that works well with Hörte Bryggas existing visual identity and at the same time stand on its on feet and differentiate it.
EASY TO USE The identity visual identity is relaxed, natural, hand-crafted, warm and inviting. As every well-crafted logo shall be, the logo for Köksbordet is easy to recognize and remember, even in cost-effective one color print.

“Crazy good! Super nice feeling in all of the visual identity – everybody we show it to gives us thumbs up and are super impressed.”
– Emma & Martin, Founders of Köksbordet and Hörte Brygga

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Features & publications

A deeper look at Köksbordet

Köksbordet mindmap

Mindmap for Köksbordet visual identity.

Rough sketches for Köksbordet logo

Rough sketches for the logo of Köksbordet.

Refined sketch for Köksbordet logo

Refining chosen lettering direction for the logo of Köksbordet.

Köksbordet regular logo version.

Human-made. The logo is deliberately simple in its design, simply because it goes well with Emma & Martins approach to cooking. Though it is simple it has a lot of behind-the-scenes thoughts. The lettering has character, is playful and relaxing, and the restaurants´ location by the sea can be felt through the wavy baseline of the logotype. A bit of texture in the letters enhance the hand-made feeling.

Köksbordet business cards mockup.

Mockup of business cards for Köksbordet.

Köksbordet image

In action at Köksbordet. Photography by Christian Gustavsson.

Köksbordet simplified logo

The word Köksbordet means Kitchen table in English and every sitting has room for 12 people. Based on that I created a simplified logo version for social media e t c that uses the symbolism behind that. The idea is that the color can be shifted throughout the different seasons.

Köksbordet typography

The headline font called Quimby Gubernatorial goes well together with the logo – it appears to be monoline as the logo and it has that hand-crafted feeling. The font used for longer text amounts are Courier. This is a font used already by Hörte Brygga and is used to strengthen the relationship between the two identities.

Köksbordet color

The colors are subdued and are all found in nature and in the locally produced ingredients that Emma & Martin use a lot in their cooking. The base sand color signals nature, sand and close-to-sea.

Köksbordet illustration style

Illustration style for Köksbordet. Hand-made illustrations of raw ingredients that are used a lot at the restaurant. Illustrations by Fanny Schultz.

Köksbordet imagery style

The idea is to use subdued images that gives a pleasant, less selling and more artistic impression. It is a good idea to highlight natural textures in raw ingredients or materials like concrete, wood et c. And last, but not least, they should feel unplanned and taken at the speed of the moment.

Köksbordet site

The complete website for Köksbordet. Bilingual site with booking form.

Köksbordet email newsletter

Email newsletter for Köksbordet.