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Cupcakes in Abu Dhabi

Via a submission, London based carbon, have recently completed a project in Abu Dhabi for Bloomsbury’s. A free standing cupcake kiosk in Al Wahda Mall. The architecture and components were designed as a ‘kit of parts’ so the design can work for roll out locations across the Middle East and India.  Read More …

F&B, Pop up retail, Retail, Retail design, Trends
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Shopper-Centric Design eBook

Here’s a nice little eBook, courtesy of Elateral. Just the right thing to get those juices going for your New Year’s to do list. Of particular interest is the four principles and seven imperatives and some good links at the back of the book. Happy reading. Here’s the download link. (You’ll need to give up your email address).  Read More …

Books, Marketing, Random, Retail, Social Media, Trends
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Christmas VM videos

A couple of nice little videos showing the leaders in UK retail and how they put together their visual merchandising for Christmas. Originally via @retailfocus on twitter    Read More …

Liberty, Luxury, Retail, Retail design, Selfridges, Windows
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Dr Martens – New Store

A new store concept for Dr Martens that references the brand’s British manufacturing heritage. Especially loving that counter and the oxblood Chesterfield. Submitted by Design 4 Retail in Leicestershire.  Read More …

Retail, Retail design
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Ben Sherman Flagship in Carnaby Street

A few pictures of the new Ben Sherman flagship store which opened recently in Carnaby Street. Really like that simple type on the tiles and especially the shirt bar. More on their website  Read More …

Ben Sherman, Retail, Retail design
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Vintage Tesco

Even Tesco is getting in on the vintage act. Their store at Goodwood Revival harks back to the 60′s complete with retro packaging and hairdo’s. Many more photos on Tasteologie and the Daily Mail Online  Read More …

Pop up retail, Retail, Retail design, Supermarkets, Tesco, Trends
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Meltin’ Pot

We were recently sent some info about this new dark and mysterious jeans flagship store in Riccione, Italy, apparently the heart of summer vacation land in Italy and the place for new trends. According to Meltin’ Pot: The pilot flagship Denim store is the first example of a Meltin’Pot jeans branded store, and houses the complete denim collection for men and women. All the fittings and furnishings Read more …

Retail, Retail design
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Can you tell navy blue from black?

According to the PSFK Future of Retail Report … 67% of customers who try on items buy them. Only 10% of customers make a purchase that they haven’t tried on. That’s why stores have begun to make changing rooms more attractive to customers. Lighting is of course the key element in changing rooms, if you can tell navy blue from black you know the lighting is working. Then come the add Read more …

Changing rooms, Department stores, Lighting, Luxury, Retail, Retail design, Trends
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M Local by Morrisons

A ‘fresh street corner supermarket’ for Morrisons new M Local concept in Ilkley West Yorkshire. Of particular note, a large use of fresh (some might say Asda) green and a very architectural girder or two that run through the space. Fascia with entrance 'you are here' graphics and plant barrow to the right. Interior with the big green girder 'Market fresh' produce with ubiquitous Read more …

Architecture, Branding, Morrisons, Retail, Retail design, Signs, Supermarkets
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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