DNA have created Identities for some of the most successful Irish Bars and Restaurants, both in Ireland and abroad. Our work includes branding, interior design, props, printed materials, marketing and launch materials. We have successfully helped Publicans and Restaurant owners, in Ireland, Continental Europe, The US of A and Latin America.
Ireland, Dublin: Nemo, Planet Murphy, The Palace Nightclub, Camden DeLuxe Hotel, Ri-Ra, The Globe, The Viperoom, Republica Night Club, The Tube, Barmondo, Mono, O’Sheas. Europe:
Wilde, Brussells. USA: Fiddlesticks, New York. Latin America: Bar do John, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Location: Powerscourt Townhouse Center, Dublin.
Proprietor: Daragh O’Regan
Mimo. We were at the table when the name Mimo was decided. One of the team said it and immediately every one present felt that it was right. The seafood restaurant would opened for breakfast, lunch and would be a champagne venue in the evening and into the night. The distinctive Georgian architecture demanded a strong, cultured, almost ‘high-brow’ approach. The identity needed to be solid but discreet, The management company in the Powerscourt Townhouse had strict rules with regard to branding – everything needing to be in-tone with the building and its substantial history.
After much though we decided to present an identity based on the Japanese poetic artform called Haiku. Once the concept was approved, which was almost as quick as the name was decided we set too developing the actual content. Our main ‘piece’ was an 11 meter light installation which ran underneath the counter. This depicted a natural scene and was overlayed by a Haiku…
When I turned my head
That traveller I’d just passed…
Melted in the mist.
In addition to the light box installation we design bookmarks and menus. We also created signage which was placed on glass dividers.
Name: Planet Murphy
Location: Camden Street, Dublin
Proprietor: Larry Crowe
The name Planet Murphy was the brainchild of Larry Crowe the owner of Planet Murphy, The Palace Pool hall and Flanagan’s Bar on Camden Street. Larry’s idea was simple, an Irish version of Planet Hollywood. He contacted DNA to organize this. This might seem like a tall order to most design studios but not DNA. Pat Quinn takes up the story …
Name: Nemo Cafe Bar
Location: Dunlaoghaire, Co. Dublin.
Proprietor: Philip Mahon
Nemo Cafe Bar was located beside the Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design and the owners of the bar wanted an identity which appealed to that demographic as well as being a place to stop and have a coffee during the day. DNA was called in to help with the full identity of the bar, including name development, interior design , branding and marketing. At that time (1998), there was a trend in short names. 2 syllable short names were de riguer. One possible reason for this trend was the rebranding of The Museum of Modern Art in New York to MOMA. As often happens in DN*A the name came very quickly – Dun Laoghaire being a Port, the proximity of the Art College and the necessity for a short name combined and NEMO was born.
DN*A worked directly with the interior designers and our approach was to created several large ‘nautical’ canvases (10) to support the new name. To add intrigue to the canvases we placed icon buildings in an underwater environments. Instantly recognisable icons such as The Eifel Tower, The Mona Lisa, The Statue of Liberty etc etc where all used to create a recognisable identity. To further reason for thought we placed future dates on each image suggesting a future catastropy, sufficiently distant so as not to cause and anxiety.
The identity was a huge success, the bar was literally back out from the moment the doors were opened. During the day the identity, which included menus and signage had a calming effect on shoppers from the adjacent Dun Laoghaire Shopping Center.
Location: Bray, Co. Wicklow
Proprietor: Philip Mahon
Name: Bar do John
Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Proprietor: John Bell
Name: The Earl Bar and Pyramid Nightclub
Location: Dundalk, Ireland
Name: The Village Venue
Location: Wexford Street, Dublin
Proprietor: Frank Gleeson