Lampshade Heaven

Simple and gorgeous. An illuminated archway upholstered in European linen by way of European Linen and Hemp Community.  Read More …

Homeware, Lighting, Pop up retail
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Four candles

Fortnum & Mason’s new candle shop, get ready for those autumn evenings. Who knew … “candles are integral to the history of Fortnum’s. Three hundred and seven years ago, William Fortnum was a footman at the Court of Queen Anne, where one of his tasks was to empty half-burnt candles. Instead of leaving the wax to go to waste, he would take the used candles home make new candles from Read more …

Department stores, Homeware, Lighting, Retail, Retail design
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John Lewis celebrates London Design week

How? With an interactive infographic of course … Brought to you by John Lewis. You can get a better/friendlier view of the whole thing here, or use your keyboard arrow keys to scroll.  Read More …

Advertising, Department stores, Homeware, Random, Trends, Web stuff
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Ikea pop up – the making

And now the making of video … More summery garden and outdoorsy stuff from Ikea here with some nice Pinterest worthy images further down the page and an easy garden planning tool too.  Read More …

Colour, Homeware, Ikea, Leisure, Pop up retail, Retail, Retail design
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Pop Up Ikea

To tie in with Ikea’s ‘Make more of your Garden’ their new pop up at Liverpool Street Station. Apparently 800,000 commuters pass through the station every day. Ikea on facebook  Read More …

Homeware, Leisure, Lighting, Marketing, Pop up retail, Retail, Retail design, Trends
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Cath Kidston in York

Or an alternative title is ‘Retail is detail’ A few quick snaps from a visit to Cath Kidston in York, really illustrating that consistency through the store creates a great retail experience. Just take a look at some of the detail and love that’s gone into the setting out of the shop. The store entrance, apparently the shop is on the site of a house where Guy Fawkes parents lived! Read more …

Homeware, Retail, Retail design, Windows
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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 amazon.com) 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 boston.com A Read more …

Architecture, Books, Homeware, Retail, Retail design