Marou x Wallpaper*

Marou x Wallpaper*

Marou x Wallpaper*

Designed by Rice Creative | Country: Vietnam

“When Wallpaper* Magazine discovered Marou Chocolate, our client, they felt that this singular dark chocolate, hand-crafted in Saigon using purely local ingredients was a perfect match for their third annual Handmade issue (an issue with a focus on unique products combining luxury, craft and inspiration). Marou offered to create a special edition Wallpaper* chocolate bar in time for exhibiting at the 2012 Salone de Mobile in Milan. The packaging we designed for this occasion would stay true to the inspiration behind the standard Marou chocolate bars and press further the attention given to lovingly hand printed details. We strayed some from the traditional motifs of the standard bars to embrace a more modernist approach while incorporating the well known Wallpaper* asterisk mark. It began by creating a new background pattern, which moved away from the traditional lattice and organic elements, replacing them by geometric elements forming an extension of the Wallpaper* asterisk.

The same hand mixed inks and screen-printing methods used on the standard Marou packs were employed, but a new palette of hues would be used, derived from the Wallpaper* handmade seal. The seal even informed a limited edition version of Marou’s Monogram for this occasion. The final touch of hand embossing some of the pack’s design elements set the stage for a fully considered hand crafted piece.”

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Marou

Marou

Marou

Designed by Rice Creative | Country: Vietnam

“Chocolate makers working directly at the source of the cacao farms are still very few and far between. Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat, based in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is one such company who have created the first single origin gourmet bean-to-bar chocolate to come out of Vietnam. 

Marou was founded less than a year ago by two adventurous Frenchmen. They decided, to use the small amounts of cacao beans harvested, fermented and dried on small family farms throughout the Mekong Delta and southern highlands of Vietnam, to make an extraordinary chocolate.

Marou approached Rice Creative at the beginning of their adventure, with the mission to build the brand’s visual identity and packaging.”

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The Hill Station

The Hill Station

The Hill Station

Designed by Studio Egregius | Country: Vietnam

“The Hill Station is a business marriage of fine dining restaurant and deli/boutique, located in Sapa, Vietnam’s highest region. The client wanted a brand which both reminisces the essence of French Indochine days while standing independently as a contemporary identity. The Hill Station products range from fresh produce harvested straight from local farms, limited packaged delicacies such as wild honey, rice wine… to gourmet charcuteries or handmade silverware. At the same time, The Hill Station signature restaurant is a renovated French outpost, with a view from the clouds.

The design is inspired from Indochine’s visual cultures, from photographs, drawings, literary & cinema, architecture… and executed in a uniformed minimalist style. A fusion of the past and the current.”

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Mekong Red Dragon Rice

Mekong Red Dragon Rice

Mekong Red Dragon Rice

Designed by Design Positive | Country: Vietnam

“Vietnamese folklore tells us that a benevolent dragon resides in each of the nine mouths of the Mekong River. It is in the hillock areas of these fertile Delta lands that the unique strain of dragon blood rice grows full and lush.

The rice is Eco friendly and Fair Trade. Furthermore husking, sifting and packaging are done by local villagers creating additional employment. It is also healthier Rice; during the husking process, the bran layer is only partly removed, as it is within the bran layer that the majority of beneficial nutrients are stored.

The simple design balances with the traditional illustration (by the brilliant Andrew Denholm) which uses the Mekong river to weave the journey of rice as it is grown, harvested, transported and sold.”

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Duck Rice

Duck Rice

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Designed by Scott Lambert | Country: Vietnam

“Packaging work for Xanh (meaning green in Vietnamese), Duck Rice is their first product. Very simply, rice is grown as naturally as possible, the ducks live in the paddies and their everyday habits keep the crop fertilized and free of pests. Xanh also promote a fairer deal for farmers. Working closely with the client I produced clean, fresh packaging to reflect the philosophy of the product. A wonderful coincidence allowed me give them a duck in the typography”

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