République Grolée-Carnot -Brand design

  • République - Grolée-Carnot
    Branding of a shopping destination

    The ambition of the brand "République - Grolée-Carnot" is to bring together Lyon's three main shopping streets under the same banner, and to make it an essential destination. Cosmopolitan, urban and dynamic, with more than a hundred shops, these streets create a real district with magnificent architecture, where it is pleasant to go out, stroll, vibrate and share.

    By proposing to unite these streets within a global brand, we have imagined a flexible identity system, allowing each street to express its personality. Blue for the rue de la République, red for its young sisters, Grolée and Carnot streets. The whole is linked by the symbol of the lion in a black block, an eponymous animal and emblem of the city. The result is an effervescent brand, always in motion, which plays with the codes of the French Republic in a contemporary way. Blue, white, red, as long as everything moves!
  • To unite and federate

    Uniting and federating are the key words of this project. For this reason, rue de la République, the city's essential and historic artery, must give some space to the newly renovated rue Grolée and rue Carnot. We have designed a flexible system where everyone can exist without shading each other, where things are composed and recomposed according to needs and desires. Always in motion, organic and flexible, like this district.
  • Visual system

    We have imagined this brand identity as a Lego box where ingredients come together in a thousand and one ways. The grid structures the playground. The colour is limited and plays with its contrasts. The words are bold and the tone is enthusiastic. The typography is condensed and expressive. The image is human and poetic. The patterns, joyful and effervescent. The whole contrasts deliberately with the Haussmann minerality and classicism of this district.
  • Like this district, the graphic territory has no defined boundaries. It is composed of a multitude of effervescent fragments, always in motion. The grid is flexible and functional. It can change depending on communication needs and the entity that speaks.
  • Photos: Ilka & Franz

    The shots were taken by the famous London duo Ilka & Franz in the mythical Holborn Studios (Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh...). Each photo shot was doubled with a video shot. It took nearly two hours of make-up to make Santa's beard, while the girl with the rocket almost caught fire.

  • Events

    The Lyon based agency Tetro was asked to stage the events. Thanks to their know-how, new and interactive experiences have been created, such as a giant fresco, a floating garden or a huge ball pool.

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  • Thanks!
    A project carried out in collaboration with the agency Les Gens et Vous. Thank you to Hervé Devineau, Antoine Barbot and Charlotte Bourquin for sharing this adventure with us. Thanks to Garry Nickson, Marie-Aude Vannier, Maylis Dabat and the teams at ADIA, Grosvenor and Firce Capital for their confidence throughout the project.
    Thanks to Ilka & Franz for their photographs and to Tetro for the events (Event Photographer: Andréa Aubert; Jean Barret).


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