SomeOne’s Vorticist branding for Halcyon

SomeOne has created a Vorticist-style brand identity for new cultural development The Halcyon, which opens in Islington, London, next year.

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Halcyon identity

The Halcyon will feature a gallery, music and retail spaces, a restaurant and a bar, and will be housed at the former Post Office at 46 Essex Road, which is being refurbished by interiors group ARA.

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Vorticist-style Halcyon imagery

The project is being developed by Aquarius Investments, which also owns the classic British car brand Bean.

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Halcyon, Thunderbolt and Sundowner identities

This Bean heritage is referenced in the development, with the Sundowner bar named after a record-breaking 1920s car, and the Thunderbolt restaurant taking its title from a 1930s Land Speed Record holder.

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Halcyon print material

Meanwhile the Halcyon name is, according to SomeOne, intended to reference the halcyon days of Britain’s creative past.

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Vorticist bottles

The identity takes inspiration from the early-20th-century Vorticist movement, which SomeOne co-founder Simon Manchipp describes as ‘quite an overlooked movement’.

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Manchipp says the identity has also been developed around The Halcyon’s aim to offer ‘all manner of splendid things’.

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  • Paul Hooper November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I personally like it. Be careful it doesn’t get out of hand. I hope that Halcyon (if they ever take the control of the brand on themselves) treat it with the same style and love.

  • Simon Deutsch November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Now that’s beautiful. Love the colour palette. I wonder how complex it is to replicate though? Not that this should limit the design. If I had my guidelines head on, I’d be really worried that others would mishandle it.

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