A peach and a pearl
This was unchartered territory for pioneering Irish chef Richard Corrigan. This wasn’t west London fine dining. This was an east London restaurant with an underground bar featuring live music, spoken word and poetry. New place, different crowd but with the same uncompromising standards.
Inspired by the song of the same name (centred around the daughter of legendary Irish street seller Biddy Mulligan). An attitude representative of Ireland’s first female parliamentary member and true power woman, Constance Markievicz.
Rebellious, unpredictable, a true punk spirit. “A revolver in one hand and a cigarette in the other”.
This was everything Richard wanted Daffodil Mulligan to be.
Real Ireland with a real story
We were tasked with creating a flexible brand identity rich with Irish soul. One that matched the independent, punk spirit that Daffodil Mulligan represented and rid of the clichés often found in England’s ’Irish’ pubs. The real Ireland with a real story.
With that in mind, type was inspired by the serifs found in the archive of Irish-advertising prints – those with a daffodil like quality to them. We redrew the lettering to form the brand’s primary wordmark. We then created a series of secondary wordmarks to add to the beautifully crafted chaos required.
We worked with both the interior design agency and signage producers to create some head-turning neon external signs, ensuring passers-by looked and blinked twice.
We created a small library of illustrations representative of legendary Irish proverbs, the Daffodil Mulligan lyrics and the spirit of Constance Markievicz herself to add warmth, depth and gutsiness to proceedings.
The final touch? A bespoke severed, tattooed hand acting as Daffodil Mulligan’s reserved sign.