Just over a year ago, we branched out a little from our usual fare of carved HDU signs, and collaborated on a project with Stewart Horton, of Horton & Co. – a design firm based in Newcastle.
Stewart worked with his sister Ingrid (a graphic designer in Melbourne), to re-brand Bocados Spanish Kitchen, a Spanish restaurant that was moving into a beautiful stucco house on the corner of King and Watt streets in East Newcastle. Since it had formerly operated from the building next door, it was important to give the restaurant a new and different look.
The Hortons decided to do their research and make Bocados as authentic in appearance as possible. Stewart tells:
We wanted to get that Northern Spanish feel, of pigs & acorns, as well as a lot of copper, brass and zinc. We didn’t want the restaurant to look Moroccan.
They had just moved from the place next door, so it really needed to look new and different. The logo stayed the same, so we needed to make it dimensional – make it pop out of the wall a bit, to grab people’s attention. It couldn’t just be flat.
My sister Ingrid and I collaborated on this project. She designed and painted the murals on the front wall and inside.
Now that it has all come together, the client has only given us positive feedback about the signage and the project in general. In a few months time, they’ll be opening up the top floor of the building as a bar, so they’re expanding and it’s worked out very well for them.
Where did we come in? We took the Bocados logo and rendered it as cut-out stainless steel letters, which were mounted above the entrance. We painted the letters a warm earth-tone colour. They don’t shout for attention, but just blend in nicely with the other elements of architecture and art. For us, this was an unusual project, but sometimes it’s fun to diversify.
Thank you Stewart and Ingrid, we’d love to work together on more creative projects in the future!