A grand day out

A day sampling fine food and drink? Oh go on then.

The annual Speciality & Fine Food Fair came to the London Olympia on Tuesday. But while this fantastic emporium of tasty morsels sounds like play, it is very serious business indeed.

This year, there was much to be optimistic about. In particular, the proliferation of exciting start-ups and small producers underlined the trend towards “real” food and consumer interest in artisan brands – a world away from slick industrialised processes and mass production.

Happily, being authentically “artisan” does not have to be at odds with modern design and polished branding. We found that the busiest stalls contained products with most stand-out in a sea of homemade labels. Here are a few examples. 



Something wicked this way comes…

Here are some cool pictures of our ghoulish graphics at the new Wahaca restaurant in Stratford. Such is Wahaca’s popularity, it seems that these locals were prepared to wait a LONG TIME for a table! 


Mexican mobile madness

Here’s a little peek at Wahaca’s latest offering, the Mexican Street kitchen.

Part heavy armoured vehicle, part ice cream van, this (not so) mobile burrito van opened its shutters on its residency at Canary Wharf this August. The reaction? The queue says it all.

Buro takes full responsibility for its design including menus, uniforms and fetching paint job. We even found time to go down and perform an all important taste test. Delicious!


Fine wine from british bluffers

One of those makes-you-smile jobs.

Friends of up & coming wine maker Henry Laithwaite (Son of Tony), took their annual trip to help with the harvest to the next level with the production of their own vintage. BuroCreative were only too happy (payment in wine!) to create packaging that mirrored the spirit of their adventure: “Fine French wine by five British bluffers”.

This from the happy team: “Can’t thank you enough for these. So brilliant. So impressed”.


Chocolate box

Delicious little project completed for Hennessy in association with Damian Allsop luxury chocolates.

Luxury and POS frequently share an uncomfortable (oxymoronic?) relationship. We tackled this with high-spec materials and print finishes to create a subtle, elegant serving ritual that emphasised Hennessy’s relationship with these fine chocolates.


Gold cup, gold cocktails

Many thanks to Claire Li at Hennessy for the tickets to the Gold Cup racing at Newbury.

On a bitter winter’s day, Buro sought the sanctuary of the members enclosure (after checking out our branding for the event) where rumours circulated of epic cocktails, laced with gold leaf. All true…


Veuve Clicquot app at Gold Cup

Buro digital director Philip Koh manfully volunteered to attend Veuve Clicquot’s Gold Cup Polo tournament. Not for the champagne or social caché of course, but merely to make sure everything ran smoothly with the debut of Veuve’s concierge service app feature.

Thankfully the day was a huge success, so Phil was able to relax for a cheeky round of petanque.


Wahaca chain screens picked up by BD

Building Design the leading trade publication for the architecture industry recently ran a profile of Wahaca Canary Wharf. Buro’s 50ft chain screens obviously caught their eye!


Wahaca’s sexy strip

When Buro heard about Wahaca’s inter-restaurant football tournament, we  jumped at the chance to live out an all-time ambition and design a football kit. When waitrose Food Illustrated found out about two groups of chefs, dressed in pink and turquoise, battling it out for first dibs at the bbq buffet, they jumped at the chance to grabs some brilliant photos (by Jenny Zarins)…

From Mark: “Guys, Thanks for everything yesterday…the barrels and shirts looked amazing and got everyone very excited. Thanks for making the effort to come down as well…greatly appreciated. Let me know when you have the buro team in place!”