Gair, Restaurant and Bar

When an upscale DUMBO cocktail bar asked karlssonwilker to create its name and identity, we felt strongly that the bar’s branding should feel authentically rooted in its neighborhood. The name Gair was chosen because of its modern simplicity and backstory that represents the area’s past.

When designing Gair’s identity, Karlssonwilker took cues from the bar’s interior design concept of juxtaposing light and weighty volumes. The result is a shape-shifting logo that plays with contrasting shapes and elements. When printed flat on menus and merch, the logo has a lithesome elegance, resembling a sketch of a mobile sculpture. On the building’s exterior, however, the letters protrude from the wall and take on a chunkier three-dimensional appearance. The concept evolves even further in a hanging sign for the building’s side exterior (this has yet to be realized). In a nod to urban mythmaking and street culture, the logo’s letters have been reduced to their basic shapes, which are slung over a pole like sneakers over a telephone wire.

Photography by Amy Barkow and Sean Davidson