Archive for August, 2010

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For the bookshelf – Design Research

Before Habitat, Crate & Barrel and Ikea made good design accessible for all there was Design Research. A home store first established in 1953 in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Ben Thompson. A new book is out (available from amazon uk and designed by Pentagram, the story of the book and some spreads are on the Pentagram website. Also worth reading the background to the store from A Read more …

Architecture, Books, Homeware, Retail, Retail design
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TalkTalk new showroom

The New TalkTalk showroom in Soho is a stripped back large space, complete with Tuk Tuk van in the centre acting as a coffee station. The showroom gives the brand the ideal environment to host its own happenings, an important part of the new retail experience. Originally from LSN Global.  Read More …

Lighting, Retail, Retail design, Trends
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The Luncheonette

The idea of the luncheonette (officially a long counter with stools where the patron is served from the other side of the counter) has always really appealed to me. The romance of solitude and a cup of coffee and eggs over easy. Whilst looking at John Wright’s photography site I saw luncheonette in the background of one of the shots. 2 mins of google searching later and I arrived at the All Star Read more …

F&B, Leisure, Pop up retail, Retail, Retail design, Signs

Found, antique, vintage etc.

There’s a growing trend towards individuality in larger brand retail taking after what’s been going in the leisure market for a few years. After all why design the same thing over and over again when you can do it differently every time. The modern globe trotting or even just city hopping person perhaps doesn’t want the same environment every time s/he visits the same brand. One way Read more …

Branding, F&B, Leisure, Retail, Retail design, Trends