Following the corporate rebranding of Courtyard Corporation, we were asked us to create the identity for a new brand in their F&B holdings – a modern take on a chain of traditional teahouse launching across mainland China in 2019.
The client was looking to explore a Japanese aesthetic for the identity, that would also run through the interior of the teahouse. Following a research trip with the client to Kyoto, we were heavily inspired by different aspects of Japan's visual heritage. We were excited to bring through the deep blues, pristine whites and vibrant gold colours, the vertical script typography and the elegant use of matter-of-fact iconography.
We created a set of four icons that holistically represent the process of making Pu erh tea. Sun-drying the tea leaves, reinvigorating the dried leaf with boiled water and allowing to brew.
Client: Courtyard Corporation
Discipline: Visual Identity, Brand Guidelines