Dobbel is the Norwegian word for “double”. It’s also the name of a new eatery in the Norwegian capital that opened its doors last year.
Located in the city center, right behind the Spikersuppa outdoor ice scating rink, Dobbel aspires to offer Oslo’s best breakfast and lunch deal. During the day, it’s a café that takes pride in serving coffee that, while having been brewed from high-quality beans, can still be had for an affordable price. When the day comes to an end, Dobbel turns into a bar, serving taptails from some of Norway’s best cocktail makers.
While the interior design was conceived by Gabrielle Valø and Sylva Ya, local agency TRY takes credit for the visual identity. They worked with illustrations that can be rotated by 180 degrees, referencing the venue’s double functions: eat and drink, café and bar. There are two colors, yellow and black, and two typefaces, Signal Compressed by Production Type and Surt by Blaze Type.
The former is used for the logo, from the hanging sign above the entrance to the coffee bags, and as display font. Its reversed contrast plays up the near-perfect symmetry of the word “DOBBEL” which, with the exception of the letter L, can be cut along a horizontal line into equal halves. The latter, a sans that’s advertised as being “inspired by Norse mythology and Scandinavian Architecture”, serves for text.