CHUS X CHUS is the new line from the internationally renowned jewelry designer Chus Burés, aimed at a younger audience than his main collection and incorporating collaborations in contemporary art, fashion, cinema and music. Pentagram has developed brand identity, website and art direction for CHUS X CHUS inspired by the vibrant design and spirit of the line.
Based in Spain, Burés is recognized for his avant-garde designs and collaborations with artists and designers such as Louise Bourgeois, Pedro Almodóvar, Carmen Herrera and agnès b. The new brand targets millennials with back-to-basic, everyday pieces and partnerships with rising young artists. The brand’s launch campaign features the singer-songwriter Sophie Auster, photographed by Andres Serrano.
The CHUS X CHUS brand identity evokes the visual qualities and graphic forms of Burés’s jewelry with distinctive custom typography constructed of modular shapes. The Pentagram designers developed a full alphabet and custom typeface, called CXC, built of individual link-like shapes that almost touch, giving the letterforms a glittering, dimensional effect. The wordmark echoes the linking or beaded structure of the metalwork, while the monogram merges the “C,” “X” and “C” into an interlocking clasp-like form.
The highly visual approach also carries through to the website, which shows off the jewelry with a surrealist sense of surprise, drama and mystery. The homepage sets the collection in motion in oversized color images that rain down against a black background, and the online catalog showcases the pieces on artfully cropped hands and heads, in striking black-and-white photography by Monica Stevenson.