Branding an oak flooring, furniture and homewares business that's gone against the grain since 1947. Growth Rings is a proud, pioneering social enterprise.
Transform Awards 2017 – Gold for Best Creative Strategy
Transform Awards 2017 – Silver for best rebrand to reflect a changed company mission
Transform Awards 2017 – Highly commended for best copy style/tone of voice
Home and interiors
Heritage and craft
Brand and identity
Growth Rings brings almost seventy years of New Zealand sawmilling heritage to the Kent coastline, where they hand craft the finest oak flooring, furniture and homewares this side of Auckland. As a social enterprise, they also provide education and training for those who have otherwise been met with barriers to employment.
We were approached by business partners Mike Managh and Carl Adams to rebrand the business, providing strategic and creative thinking to help them to transition from a traditional woodworking studio, to an oak lifestyle business.
A new identity was introduced to visually represent the concept of growth rings found on tree trunks. The 'G' at the heart of the design was angled to reflect the quarter-sawn technique often used to slice oak timber, also providing a unique attribute to the design.
The identity is underpinned with a compelling visual and verbal style, designed to celebrate the imperfections of the timber and trainees that are so integral to the Growth Rings story. The creative messaging looks beyond the surface of the company's oak – and its folk – to personify the strength, history, character and personality that lies within.
From bullet holes to bomb damage, their hand selected, heritage oak is shaped by its environment and history. Today, the trainees work tirelessly to craft these stories of yesterday into the products of tomorrow. This sentiment is again captured through creative messaging and the use of a wealth of heritage photography, from the brand's near seventy year history.
“Working with Lantern was a fantastic experience. They completely understood our business and injected character and personality into the brand from the outset. We couldn’t be happier with the results, which have already been described as “world-class” by one of our customers”
Mike Managh, Director, Growth Rings
A future legacy
The project culminated in the delivery of a brand guidelines document to help underpin the delivery of a consistent and compelling identity system. Today, we continue to work closely with the team at Growth Rings, supporting them in the delivery of key print and digital marketing material.