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Best Sign Systems of 2012

Top multi-sign systems from the International Sign Contest

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First Place/Best of Show
Fabricator
Shenzhen Youking Sign Design and Mfg. Co.
Shenzhen, China
(0755) 2888-87-669
www.youking.com

Designers
Jan Lorenc
Chung Youl Yoo
Steve McCall
Kathi Roberts
Stewart Sonderman
Mac Liu
Lorenc+Yoo Design
Roswell, GA
(770) 645-2828
www.lorencyoodesign.com

Client
Guangzhou Vanke Real Estate Co. Ltd.

Developed by Vanke, China’s largest real-estate developer, Fish in the Garden is a mountain-resort property that features hillside, high-end retail, hotel and residential spaces. Lorenc+Yoo’s design package entails entry features, wayfinding, overall project branding and a fountain sculpture. Lorenc said the program features organic shapes, modern forms and integrated Chinese and English text. The directional signage comprises sculpted-granite pieces with subtle, natural-background patterns.

To create rustic ambience, Shenzhen Youking sheathed the logo and other sign elements in bronze, and hammered metal to create a weathered look for many elements. Lorenc said, “Flush sign fittings provide a subtle, modern contrast to the worn appearance.”

Second Place
Fabricator
Sawatzky’s Imagination Corp.
Chilliwack, BC, Canada
(604) 823-2216
www.imaginationcorporation.ca

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Designer
Dan Sawatzky

Client
Fox and Hounds Pub

Aldergrove, BC’s Fox and Hounds Pub enjoys a colorful “history”. The owners built the pub with timbers from the original Fox & Hounds pub in London, which was reportedly founded in 1812. Sawatzky helped the Paul family prepare to celebrate the original pub’s bicentennial in grand fashion with a signage and architectural-graphics program that carries a vital storytelling element throughout the establishment.

To create the program, he complemented Coastal Enterprises’ 30-lb. PrecisionBoard HDU, which he routed on the shop’s MultiCam 3000 CNC router, with carved, fiberglass-reinforced concrete. The signs and wall claddings brand and create ambience for the building façade, fireplaces, archways, bar fixtures and numerous other details. Sawatzky and his small crew handpainted all elements with Modern Masters’ acrylic metallic and themed-environment paints.

He worked on the project for approximately six months. Sawatzky said, “This project was a dream come true for me. I’ve always wanted to create a restaurant’s entire theme, from the front-door sign down to the beer taps.”

Third Place
Fabricator
Design Communications Ltd. (DCL)
Boston
(617) 542-9620
www.dclboston.com

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Designer
Poulin+Morris
NYC
(212) 675-1332
www.poulinmorris.com

Client
New York Law School

Founded in 1891, the New York Law School is the second-oldest, independent law school in the U.S. DCL and Poulin+Morris’ signs, donor wall and wayfinding define the institution’s new, nine-story, 235,000-sq.-ft. facility. The building’s distinctive main ID comprises waterjet-cut letters, which ascend its walls and were installed with custom aluminum clips. Poulin+Morris designed a singular, donor-wall statement that features 200, annealed, prismatic, cast-acrylic pieces.

Honorable Mention
Fabricator
Jack Stone Signs
Landover, MD
(301) 322-3323
www.jackstone.net

Designer
Development Design Group
Baltimore
(410) 361-0505
www.ddg-usa.com

Client
Federal Realty Investment Trust
 

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