Libreria is a new, independent bookstore by the popular co-working space Second Home (across the street from the store). Second Home designed by Selgas Cano, who also designed the bookstore, has a very clear brand and profile. It was the first co-working space that really understood how to build their tenant base.
Dover Street Market is perhaps the most iconic fashion store in London. It was among of the first real concept stores, when it opened 12 years ago. The new, much larger store is a testament that fashion can have a lasting presence despite the fast moving markets.
Probably the best known Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei has used traditional Chinese kite-making techniques to create sculptures of mythological creatures inside Le Bon Marché department store in Paris. Continue reading
Hem is an online furniture store, that originally started as a Scandinavian design brand, but has expanded so much that it identifies with more broadly just European design. The design team has now 16 nationalities, however the style of the furniture is still very typical Scandi design. Continue reading
Last week was busy for the retail design sector in London. Retail Design Expo was a new event as a part of the bigger Retail Business Technology Expo. It was clear to see how much business opportunities there are in the technical side of the retail design. Continue reading
Made.com is a good example of an online retailer building a physical presence. Online only shopping is obviously not enough for all products. Furniture especially is one of them. Made.com shows some interesting ways of combining digital with physical presence. Continue reading
Hunter Boots was established in 1856, making it a true British heritage brand with over 150 years long history. Yet, they have only now opened new global flagship store, the first for the brand. Checkland Kindleysides have designed very successfully a store that feels fresh, which makes the brand on-trend and younger looking. Continue reading