2019 - ongoing
Brand strategy
Identity design
Digital design
Joey van Dongen

Redefining the story-led real estate agency.

Due to the current economic progress and the huge explosion on the housing market, the public opinion is that real estate agencies earn their money too easy and the added value of the profession is underexposed. Baljon & Mora Makelaars is a household name in the real estate industry of South Holland since 1972, operating in chique residential areas of Rotterdam such as Kralingen and Hillegersberg. Despite various updates on their brand identity and a year on year growth in transactions, Baljon & Mora approached us to rethink their brand and branch in which they operate to be able to be future proof. The Dutch estate industry is one of many cliches and dictated by a lot of noise, bombastic language and unnecessary information. In case of Baljon & Mora, the service, experience and knowledge of the people working at the agency is so great, but people often had wrong expectations and experienced a high-threshold.

New Luxury

We saw a lot of opportunities to create position in the premium segment with a loose but forward looking approach. Like trade in your LVMH suitcase for a Rimowa. This opened up a whole new language —both textual and visual— and made the agency more accessible to younger audience and even more exclusive to the top-end of the market.

The Smart Casual Expert 

The Smart Casual Expert became our internal mantra in resetting the brand’s dna and a few interesting decisions were made afterwards. First of all we focused on a more story-led approach that suddenly offered ways to talk and write more about added value instead of value and homes instead of houses. To underline this we created a few different brand statements which are used in communication but also as internal compass.

Visual Representation

Secondly we renamed the agency into Baljon. Short and better recognizable with more brand qualities attached to it. With this brand name we were able to create a new visual representation by deleting all unnecessary information. The result is a timeless, minimalistic and yet bold identity that gives space to the context to breathe.

Containr Affairs has made all the difference in overcoming our challenges towards the near future. We wanted to show the market that we are an innovative and contemporary company, without harming the old and trusted name of our firm in the Rotterdam Real Estate market. These challenges called for a very subtile approach and they have simply exceeded all expectations by subtly combining our angle as entrepreneurs with a very fresh and bright new view from the angle of full blood brand marketeers. If you are willing to provide them with the freedom to create, they can move mountains for you.
Karel Glazener — Ceo

Establishing exclusivity

After the first push to become more accessible to younger people, Baljon was determined to push on within the top-end market as well. Operating in this market takes a different mindset as expectations and wishes very much differ from the norm. With its 360º luxury service of carefully thought-out tools —called Baljon Bespoke— Baljon stands out from other first class agents. According to the wishes of their clients Baljon puts together a tailored plan to not only list the house, but to also roll out a sophisticated campaign to engage potential purchasers with sellers. If necessary a copywriter, photographer, video artist, interior architect or interior stylist are added to the mix to shape a campaign in the best possible way.

Introducing Baljon Bespoke

The Baljon brand has high-end DNA in its core. Therefore Baljon Bespoke as a luxury service won’t become a stand-alone brand, but an intertwined part of Baljon. Even on the website the service is as accessible as any other part of the website. Exclusivity within the service comes together through the vehicles chosen. In a Baljon grey fold-out box a perfectly carved out inlay is home to a fragrant roomspray that is covered with a pocket size magazine that introduces Baljon Bespoke. To go with it we’ve developed a separate casing for carefully scented home spray.

A partner to make your mission reality.


We are Containr Affairs, an office for strategy and branding. Our team of creatives think, make and build for bright entrepreneurs and marketing executives who want to take the lead and change the face of the boardroom. Whatever position your brand is currently in, we help you identify where to go next.

Acclaimed for three practice areas, we work as follows:

Compass. We start by researching cultural shifts that map out the universe your business plays in and how this affects your actions. We connect with your ambitions through conversation before (re)shaping your brand fundamentals, which will lead to clarity, underline culture and foster your ambitions.

Creation. Your brand is a sum of all parts. How it looks and feels. How it talks and sounds, and how it tastes and smells. In this phase we bring fundamentals to life and create you a proper stage performance. Our studio executes creativity without boundaries, to make sure your story is admired on paper, on screen and in-store.

Content. For brands who need to stay relevant on a daily basis, our studio offers high quality and fast production of brand journalism, imagery and graphic design across all channels.

Since 2001 we have delivered results for bars, bodegas and boutique hotels, beer, booze and beverage brands, buildings and building companies, beauty brands and bespoke perfume houses. With most of our clients we have built lasting relationships. Others even became partners in business.

Talk to us about your next move.


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