Drood’s quest has two sides, tells Rabea Holzfurtner. She is the founder of Raba Studio, a German graphic designer living and working in Sweden. “To Iranians, the project means a lot because it gives them back a nostalgic product that had been part of their culture for thousands of years. To non-Iranians, it opens the mind on the perspective of wine, origin, varieties and history.”
From the beginning, it was essential to showcase the class and beauty of the Middle East. Rabea and Drood drew inspiration from architecture, arts and handicrafts. E.g. the design reflects Persian tile work, which comes in vibrant colours of blue shades and greens. Also, the graphic shapes are inspired by the buildings and markets in Iran, which are meeting points for society. Finally, the pattern used on the labels is typically local patterns often seen around Iranian homes.
The typeface also reflects the wine’s Persian origins. The thick brushstroke-like yet geometric shapes draw inspiration from Farsi typography. However, for Rabea, it had to be balanced. “Since Persian wine dates back many centuries, I wanted to find a font that gives an ancient feel to the project. At the same time, I wanted to consider that the project is quite contemporary since the wine is made in Sweden and processed here.”
On the backside of the bottle, there are illustrations of the person that gave the wine the name. One of them is “Irdamaba – The Merchant”. She used to be a great Persian businesswoman who dealt with the wine trade across the Middle East in the past.
And if you’re wondering what Drood means, it is “cheers” in Farsi.
Written in collaboration with Rasmus Vestergaard, Curator at Nordic Packaging Design
- Agency/Creative: Raba Studio
- Article Title: Drood Persian Wine Packaging Design by Raba Studio
- Organisation/Entity: Freelance
- Project Type: Packaging
- Project Status: Published
- Agency/Creative Country: Sweden
- Agency/Creative City: Växjö
- Market Region: Europe, North America
- Project Deliverables: Brand Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design
- Format: Bottle
- Substrate: Glass Bottle
- Industry: Food/Beverage
- Keywords: Packaging Design Graphic Design Wine Label Logotype Branding
Graphic Designer/ Creative Director: Rabea Holzfurtner