Corcoran French Lawyers were displaced during the Christchurch Earthquakes and upon the opportunity to move to their new permanent offices they left no stone unturned.
We worked quite closely with the client and the very clever buggers at Dalman Architects of Interiors to deliver a space that I would happily hang my hat in for 40 hours a week. From custom printed wallpaper and carpet to bespoke joinery and a bold colour pallet that work seamlessly together, our signage elements really added to the overall look, feel and style of the fit-out whilst being very true to the brand. There are so many highlights to this project but here are our favourites…
• The custom designed 3D Core Value wall display.
• The feature wall prints in the toilets that match the colour pallet of each toilet door.
• The one-way window graphic applied to the glass-work in the lobby which really defines the entrance to the building without destroying the natural light entering the stairwell.
• The double layered frosted glass effects in the boardroom and meeting rooms.
• The subtle blue on blue 3D Welcome graphics in the stairwell
• The huge corner mounted illuminated signage on the street side tower.
The absolute key to the success of this project was in the collaboration of all parties involved. Ideas, suggestions and solutions were discussed openly and honestly, and it was a real team effort.
Services: Design, Illumination, CNC, Window Films, Graphics, Installation
We worked really closely with the Fairview National Marketing Team and in total rebranded 16 sites (external building signage and internal showrooms) and approx 50 vehicles across the South Island and collaboratively designed the signage for most of the North Island sites.
The dramatic rebrand really transformed each site and we have some amazing before and afters to prove it!
We looked to partner with a painting contractor to complete this project but logistically it was too hard and we made the decision at a very early stage to undertake all of the painting work ourselves - This allowed us to control the timeline on the projects and minimised any budget blow-outs, plus, more importantly, we were able to offer a consistency to the project to ensure the brand was rolled out perfectly from site to site.
Each site had it’s own set of logistical challenges from finding suitable accommodation for our team, the remote location of some sites and of course the weather played a major role.
Technically this rebrand allowed us to showcase a variety of skills from the large hand painted “Love Your View” to the custom printed wall papers used in the showrooms - this lead to us winning a Silver Medal at the New Zealand Sign and Display Association Awards for Corporate Branding and Identity. We were extremely happy to share this achievement with the team at Fairview shortly after at their South Island Conference.
Services: Collaboration, Painting, CNC, Wall Graphics, Vehicle Graphics, Installation
With a completely open brief (and a trusting client) our design team went to work.
The illumination of the logo was pretty straight forward, utilising push through opal acrylic panels routered in-house on our CNC machine.
The rest of the job was anything but standard… We welded, grinded, beat, scratched and layered a bunch of paint effects to pull off the “aged gem” look that we wanted and complimented the paint work with 34 incandescent LED bulbs to give the whole project a believable yester-year effect.
The lightbox was then installed and it instantly looked like it belonged there all along!
Services: Design, Illumination, CNC, Effects, Installation
When we saw the design and location of this sign we knew there was the ability to do something special, the problem was we only had 5 days to complete before the venue’s first booking!
We put forward two completely different concepts to the team at The Old Kaikoura Winery, one that was a digitally printed solution, which was cheaper and would of been much faster to produce and this second, more authentic option, which was a little hard to describe on paper - luckily, the client, which we hadn’t met in person at this stage, took a leap of faith and trusted us to deliver on the authentic version.
After a quick all-hands meeting with some of our key team members a plan was hatched to build, pack and install the sign within a now 4 day period.
This saw our team rifling through 2nd hand timber at recycling yards, burning, ageing (a flash way to say “beating up the timber”), staining and applying a whole lot of love to this project.
The second tricky part to consider was the installation, we could only spare 2 of our team for the install at short notice and the remote location of the sign and lack of power to the site all added to the complexity. We also needed to be able to physically lift the sign with our man-power so it was built in manageable sections that could be assembled onsite.
As there was no time to visit the site pre-install we had to come up with a range of contingency plans that gave us the flexibility to ensure we could deliver on-time for the clients.
Services: Bespoke Craftsmanship, Installation
South Island Branding Roll Out
A project of this scale and nature requires a large team and a collaborative approach to working together to achieve a common goal.
We were first contacted by NPD to produce and install the interior graphics for their retail sites (launching the Refresh Cafe brand) - which has now lead to us installing all of the exterior, forecourt and carwash signage as well!
Working closely with NPD head office (Nelson), BPM - the Project Management Company (Wellington) and MAG Assembly, who make the sign extrusions (Auckland), Downing Design and both SIS (South Island Screen Printers) and Cutting Edge Graphics (all Nelson) who produce and apply the graphic elements, this truly is a collaborative project!
This is one of the fastest growing Petrol Station brands in NZ and we’re honored to be part of this little bit of history for NPD.
The sites look amazing inside and out and even better at night when the iconic blue LED strip lighting is visible from miles away!
Services: Project Management, Logistics, Installation
New Office Signage
The team at Lightning Construction had always had their offices attached to their yard. They desperately wanted a space that they could host their clients in, that would give them more credibility and have the opportunity to focus on the customers needs.
Chris and the team at Lightning had been long time customers and gave us full scope to do what we wanted with the space!
There were a couple of requirements and a few things to work around such as the large artwork in the Reception area that the landlord did not want removed… we digitally printed an overlay that fitted into the existing frame and turned the print into a giant iPhone - this was to show-off the recently completed new website and to hammer home one of the companies pillar content messages.
The landlord also didn’t want any signage drilled or glued on to the fascia, so we made the most of the large upstairs windows as sign writing space - however, these windows were situated in the boardroom, so rather than blockout out the natural sunlight and view we printed on a one-way vision material which gives the best of both worlds.
Chris’s team were building a false wall to hide from view their filing area, so, rather than print a custom wall paper we opted to print direct to the 18mm MDF panels which had a great texture and subtle wood grain running through them.
The boardroom was where Chris really wanted a WOW effect so we custom printed his boardroom table with scale versions of things that you would find on any project managers table, from a calculator, ipad and gant chart to some neat little details like coffee stains and handwritten reminders in notepads - we even managed to squeeze one of our business cards in there with a note saying “call the sign guys”.
Services: Design, CNC, Window Films, Direct to Substrate Printing, Installation