Arithmetic is the design agency behind this graceful branding and interior design for La Glace Ice Cream Shop. La Glace is an artisanal ice cream shop based in Vancouver, BC.
“When we set out to create the La Glace Ice Cream Shop branding, the most important emotional value was for the brand and all touch points to embody love and invite connection. The notion that life’s best moments are bettered when cherished together became the core sentiment that we set out to express through the design details. We focused on harnessing sentimentality for the past – we leveraged the idea of nostalgia to create a space that would send people somewhere romantic and trigger positive memories. Elements such as brass, marble, the rounded bar and most of all, the color mint evoke this notion.”
“The overarching art direction was born from a fascination of the mid-war transitional period between Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Wherein flowing curvatures migrated to geometric poetry. As two distinct styles that sit side by side in art history’s timeline, we asked the question, what was the bridge between the two styles, how do you go from Art Nouveau’s infamous Alphonse Mucha-esque overly styled, curved and decadent line work towards a more geometric bursting style? What would the style in-between those two periods look like? This was our inspiration for the details found throughout the space, not geometric and not overly ornate — a middle ground, a marriage of the two distinct periods.”
“When creating the brand experience for the La Glace ice cream cafe, we established early on that each and every touchpoint should express the brand’s sentiment of love and connection. At the center of this expression is the hand-painted brand pattern that integrated elements of Chinoiserie and the brand’s mascots – pairs of peacocks. Distinctive use of Art Nouveau’s curving line work in an understated means intertwined into Chinoiserie floral and bird scene motifs create an unexpected story of community and the intimate bonds we form.”