Fern & Fika – Plant-based Cafe

Derrick Lin


Creative Director: Dale Evans
Location: Sweden
Project Type: Produced
Client: Fern & Fika
Product Launch Location: Sweden
Packaging Contents: Take away coffee and snacks
Packaging Substrate / Materials: Paper
Printing Process: Hand printed

The word ‘Fika’ in Sweden means spending quality time with friends and family and enjoying a relaxing coffee and cake break. There are many fika places in and around Stockholm but very few focus on plant-based/vegan food. With vegan diets surging in popularity even with those not willing to go fully vegan, our client saw a gap in the market for plant-based fika that was fresh, wholesome and, above all, of great quality.

Fern & Fika is a plant based cafe located in Långholmsgatan, Stockholm. They are reinventing fika and food by serving the best plant-based experience in the city. Previously named STHLM RAW, their menu began to include hot/cooked food as demand from new and existing consumers grew. The name ‘RAW’ then became a little confusing as their food offer was now much more varied.

They approached us for help to develop a new name and logo. At the same time they saw it as the perfect opportunity to re-brand themselves. Launched in March 2020, the project includes naming, brand strategy, brand creation, identity and packaging design.

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Our big idea was ‘Plant Based Fika with Soul’. The owners are full of warmth, energy and passion, so we wanted to reflect this in all their communication. Fern & Fika was the favoured name as it instantly sums up their brand proposition and sounds catchy and memorable. The visual identity is inspired by their latte art from above. The typography then surrounds the cup to express the coming together of a circle of family and friends. While a soft colour palette communicates a more natural, Scandinavian look and feel.

A more quirky typographic style for headline copy captured their warmth and passion. The human touch was important in our illustrations too – printed fern leaves for wallpaper and packaging, as well as paper-cut illustrations for their menus. Finally, a witty tone-of-voice was key in creating engaging campaigns both in and out of store.

What’s Unique?
All printing will be done by hand from actual for leaves – so each pack is unique.