Antalis Creative Power Awards winners: a sensational selection that embodies the power of print
Throughout 2022, we’ve brought you updates on the Antalis Creative Power Awards – a celebration of printed projects by international paper manufacturer Antalis. Following a trip to Paris, where we took part in judging the awards’ countless entries, and the subsequent announcements of the finalists, we have one thing left to do; reveal the winners from the eight categories.
It’s been a privilege to explore the ephemeral, tactile genres that these projects epitomise, embody and exemplify. We’ve seen the influence paper has on projects and the journeys it can take us on, telling the stories and revealing the personalities of the brands they represent. So, without further ado, we’re pleased to reveal Antalis Creative Power Awards’ 2022 winners.
BRAND IDENTITY & STATIONERY WINNER
Throughout the luxurious identity for interior designers and architects, Elicyon, London-based design studio Regular Practice placed a foundational emphasis on tactility. A decision which is particularly expressed across Elicyon’s striking stationery set and printed materials – which saw their printing partnership with London-based Dot Studio continue to thrive. Working closely together, Regular Practice opted for a slick foil embossing upon the 100% recycled Keaykolour Particles Sunshine as their paper choice, alongside the leading use of Optimo’s Antique Legacy and a distinctive custom serif typeface crafted for the brand.
REPORTS & PUBLISHING WINNER
Mechelen-based book designer Tina De Souter crafted Until the End, housing the work of creative image-maker and photographer Hanne Lamon. Reflecting the fragility, unconscious and intuition of the artist’s work, the editorial design and visual language of the publication are sparse, delicate and refined. De Souter represented the serene, minimal mood of the work through stark typography in the form of Dharma Type’s Bebas Neue Pro and Olin Regular Absolute White 60gsm as the internal paper choice. Due to the thin weight of the paper stock and the want to showcase the featured images fully, Until the End stars a singer stitch binding, highlighting both the coloured thread and the photographic images.
MAILERS & INVITATIONS and PRINT EXCELLENCE WINNER
Encapsulating the work of her own paper and print-focused art practice, Parisian Art Director & Artist Camille Vignaud has partnered with long-time collaborator Sylvain Guevel, from the printer Infine l’artisan imprimeur, to craft an ethereal, material collection of image-making, championing her exploration of memory mechanics. Coffret Mémoire Poétique’s collection houses flower photograms delicately printed on Curious Translucent Clear and Conqueror White Vellum via a photo-sensitive technique akin to dark-room film development, conceptually reflecting the project’s themes of ‘collective memory.’
PACKAGING & PROMOTIONAL WINNER
Depicting the Bern-based collaborative endeavours of photographer Rob Lewis and writer Jürg Halter, Home Over Time saw the duo combine poetry, landscape and imagery to craft nine unique printed tableaus of the Swiss Alpine Passes, working with Müntschemier-based printer Lorenz Boegli to produce the silkscreen. Boegli opted for Keaykolour’s Sombre Grey as Home Over Time’s poster stock, noting the paper’s natural finish, organic qualities, and suitability for his colour separation printing technique. Through the project’s separate colour printing process, the tones of the paper stock not only bolster the photographic quality of the piece but become an integral component of the image.
PAPER STORY WINNER
Thread producer and distributor Sewfil have turned to Gandia-based creative studio Caleta to unify their rapidly expanding output – resulting in SEWFIL, SEWFIL HOME and SEWFIL ECO product lines. Reimagined to position the brand as a more personable company, as opposed to their cold, distant competition, Caleta effectively turned to TypeTogether’s Bely as the expressive, needle-like primary typeface, alongside Robert Slimbach’s Acumin Pro as the rigorous, functional supporting counterpart. The application of the typographic duo is aesthetically led by the notion of ‘el hilo que une’ (meaning ‘the thread that binds’), a theme captured through the interconnected nature of the typography, as well as the use of illustration. Meanwhile, the use of Favini’s sustainable paper stock, Refit Cotton White, introduces and affirms a sense of intimacy and care across the brand.
ECO CONCEPTION WINNER
The Vilnius-based collaboration between skincare brand MATH Scientific and Miranda Design Solutions hosts an enviable harmony between environmental and aesthetic sensibilities, with the duo’s sustainability-focused credentials acting as a defining element. This eco-focus manifests in the brand’s partnership with the Coral Reef Alliance, as well as the packaging’s material choices and distinct lack of glue to bind them. In addition, MATH Scientific’s minimal identity is also embraced in their choice of type, implementing The Designers Foundry’s Gordita as the hero typeface, exuding simplicity and style similar to the inclusion of technical illustrations.
DESIGN FOR GOOD WINNER
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Kaunas-based printer Hands On Press launched Colours for Ukraine; a remarkable risograph sale that collaborated with a host of creatives to produce, print and promote a series of posters, with all the proceeds being donated to NGOs in support of Ukraine. Printed solely in Ukraine’s national colours, resulting in an overtly powerful and punchy aesthetic, Hands On Press opted for Munken Pure as their paper of choice, noting the prime compatibility between the paper stock and the printing technique.