The Cicou Project

Brasserie CiÇou  is a French restaurant owned by Chef Cyrille Soenen, located in Greenhills, San Juan. Originally from Paris and after more than 10 years in Manila, Chef Cyrille expresses his creativity alongside with sous chef Summer, to delight and bring French cuisine at its finest.

I am a big fan of their food , especially the magnificent Kouign Aman. Ever since their opening at Makati’s Hotel Celeste, i’ve fallen in love with the wonderful food i’ve had the opportunity to taste, so much so that several milestones have been celebrated there. Now that they’ve re-opened at a new & bigger venue,  I was thrilled to be asked to create this wonderful restaurant’s logo and menu design.  I hope that i could bring justice that when they asked me to do this.

The design inspiration was brought about by several ideas, including suggestions from the owners. I wanted to incorporate the feel of the restaurant into the creative process, hence an ocular of the space was in my to-do list.
Although the interiors were familiar to that of the old CiÇou,  several touches have been added to make it more unique — a wonderful wine bar on the side, complete with a chandelier made of old wine bottles (who says recycling isn’t chic?), a lounge area at the end, and of course, seating for groups big and small.  Tables are beautifully lit by votive candles and topped off by fresh flowers, and the chandeliers hanging above add an additional flair to the place. Family-style preparation of food has been added into the menu to accommodate a bigger group, but the quality and consistency is still unwavering. It’s good to note that  although the new interiors were slightly less formal, the food is still distinctly superb. (Note to self: i will have to have a separate post for my food experience there)
Mostly, i was inspired by the french designs of romantic,  floral-like swirls of Art Nouveau and the distinct lines of Art Deco.  I wanted to create a logo that would transcend its use as merely an icon and have a flexibility to be used in other means. With this in mind, i created the final logo (above). It’s reminiscent of french logos for vineyards, creating a rustic-with-a-french-feel look.
The design request was more on simple lines so I decided to use both influences into the design and layout.  I used clean simple lines that countered the stylish swirls of the logo in the menu layout to focus the viewer to wonderful list of items.
I’m happy that Cyrille and Anna liked our initial designs that it was easy to adjust the changes from there. The project itself was fun to work on, and it’s an honor to have been given this chance. Thank you, Cyrille & Anna!Now, time to eat!  
Brasserie CiÇou is located at 57 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan, Philippines 
For Reservations pls. call +63 26619200+639178858841

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