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Heritage Heresy

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The majority of people worldwide wouldn’t care if 73% of brands disappeared tomorrow.

Is that all?

Read the full thing on trendwatching

Branding, Marketing, Random, Retail, Trends

Lampshade Heaven

Simple and gorgeous.

An illuminated archway upholstered in European linen by way of European Linen and Hemp Community.

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Homeware, Lighting, Pop up retail
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Beautiful Plumage

Paul Smith talks about Paul Smith, look at that shopfront, retail is detail … (and passion) …

Fashion, Luxury, Retail, Retail design
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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 them to sell to the ladies of the court.  Following his success, Mr Fortnum joined forces with his landlord, Hugh Mason, and they went on to open Fortnum & Mason in 1707.”

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More on the Fortnum & Mason candle history here

Via gpstudio

And four candles

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.

Advertising, Department stores, Homeware, Random, Trends, Web stuff
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Borough Market

For your delectation a little gallery of Borough Market, just because.

Click an image to see larger version and cycle through the gallery.

Colour, F&B, Leisure, Mobile, Pop up retail, POS, Retail, Retail design, Signs, Trends
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Lina Stores

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In a very occasional series on superior shopfronts, here’s Lina Stores in Soho, established in 1944.

Especially like is the awning and the green and black colour scheme.

Back in the black and white days it looked like this …

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More info on their website here.

Colour, F&B, Retail, Retail design, Signs
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History of Retail in 100 Objects

Perhaps we all think of retail as a fairly modern phenomenon, sometimes it’s worth understanding the context of things.

This website History of Retail in 100 Objects does exactly that with lots of inspiration and understanding along the way as well as a look at the future of retail.

You can also download the ebook for free, excellent stuff.

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Retail, Retail design, Trends
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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.

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.

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Ikea on facebook

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