Village.Works is the anti-tourbus, helping hidden-gems to quietly live on and prosper—preserving and protecting ancient cultural traditions and one-of-a-kind environments.
They provide eco-conscious travelers a way to experience truly authentic culture through localized, all-inclusive slow travel. Taking a maximum of 16 Guests per group, travelers are introduced to regions that remain untouched by mass-tourism. Village.Works is designed to uplift not only guests, but locals, local culture, and Mother Nature, too.
Inaugural location in Tuscia, Italy.
When we began, Village.Works was little more than an idea with a name. The Italian team took on mobilizing the village and their services while we focused on building a brand, capturing and creating content in Italy, building up their business systems and developing marketing tools. Our challenge was to capture and communicate the wild, rustic magic of Tuscia and its people; a lens into a more harmonious way of life.
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor — Simon von Elgg
Director of Photography — Nathan Thompson
Production Sound — Gabriel Sarango
Guests, not tourists.
Your rustic revival.
All-inclusive, regenerative slow travel to magical villages
The visual identity of Village.Works was largely inspired by the majestic, medieval style of the ancient Italian villages we were working with. Their rustic, yet lively landscapes and genuinely authentic love of life and integration with nature was not only an aesthetic inspiration, but also caused a deeply meaningful shift in the work-life balance of our team. We aimed to capture this way of life using grounded, natural colors with sharp yet approachable silhouettes in our designs.
The typography was inspired largely by the meeting point between the village’s ancient stone structures and the foliage and flora that grew upon them.
The logomark, though simple, represents the connective tissue between the village and the work Village.Works aimed to do—the diamond-dot (in both domain and name) was meant to indicate the portal into this under-explored eden.
To honor and support the locals and their businesses, we told their stories with motion portraits & videos, photographs, blog posts, and social media.
Tragically, the COVID-19 Pandemic put Village.Works out of business. The inability to host travel during those years put a lot of financial strain on their launch years (2020, 2021). If you or someone you know would be interested in helping to continue their work to improve the travel industry, or in purchasing the IP, reach out us and we can connect you to them. 😥