After 3 extremely successful years, Clerkenwell Design Week has established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival and one of the most acclaimed trade events on the interantional design calendar. Boasting over 60 showrooms, a wealth of creative businesses and more architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, CDW takes advantage of this creative hub every May for 3 days.
WELCOME TO MATERIAL LAB – YOUR PERSONAL MATERIALS STUDIO, DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND.
A vibrant & exciting place for the architecture & design community, where you’re free to explore hundreds of different materials for your projects. A place where you can find out about the latest trends & innovations, get expert advice & be inspired.
MATERIAL LAB WAS CREATED BY AWARD-WINNING JOHNSON TILES, THE UK’S LARGEST MANUFACTURER AND IMPORTER OF CERAMIC WALL & FLOOR TILES.
The Stoke-on-Trent based company created Material Lab purely to answer the needs of the architectural and design community, asking what sort of ‘experience’ they wanted in a design resource studio. The solution was Material Lab, which opened its doors in January 2006.
Thanks to Johnson Tiles, Material Lab has become an established design resource studio in London where people can explore and be inspired by a huge range of materials, such as ceramics, glass, wallpaper, wood, carpet tiles, eco-resins and fabrics.
Lynda and I will be giving two Visual Merchandising seminars at the MODA show in Birmingham’s NEC today.
Hope to see you there.
I have been collecting lots of photos of ideas for Lingerie stores and thought I should share them with you all.
Fat Face, the lifestyle clothing brand that produces clothing for men, women & kids, has recently opened a store on the impressive new retail balcony at London Waterloo, the railway terminus and London Underground complex. As the central hub for daily commuters and tourists, Waterloo is a pivotal location for the brand, so the need to create a visually impactful store that captures the very essence of the brand was paramount. To achieve this Fat Face enlisted the help of Andy Thornton and their Urban Vintage collection, for visual merchandising inspiration and retail display equipment.
Using innovative clothing displays designed by Fat Face Visual Merchandising Team, Andy Thornton helped to develop the bespoke fixtures and bring the designs to life. Heavy industrial steel fittings, with reclaimed timber shelving, have been blended perfectly with the rustic natural timber columns, beams, boarding and floorboards that provide the fabric of the building.
Simple yet functional T-Stands have been used throughout, as well as Andy Thornton’s popular and extremely versatile industrial shelving units. These can be adjusted to a number of positions, even folded to make a table, so that they can be used for clothes, footwear and accessories. A three-tier trolley in an eye-catching antique turquoise patina, provides the perfect display for hats, scarves and bags.
1930s-style French café side chairs finished in antique cream have been dotted around the store, for customers to sit on, whilst others have been cleverly utilized for displaying outfits on seated mannequins.
As well as using standard products from the range, Fat Face also commissioned Andy Thornton to develop and manufacture an exclusive suite of versatile single and split-level display tables and A-frames. These make use of rough-sawn reclaimed pine legs with timber shelves made from old floorboards. The steel brackets and shelf frames have a distressed finish with the cream top coat wiped to reveal a brown base coat.
Andy Thornton also supplied some of their industrial factory-style lighting, simple dome-shaped steel pendants in a pewter finish, above the till points.
With over 200 stores across the UK and Ireland, Fat Face plans to continue using the Urban Vintage furniture and lighting from Andy Thornton for future new store openings and refurbishments around the country.
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Live-Eclectic, Artilleriet creates atmospheres to be captivated in. They provide a dynamic and diverse collection of home furnishings, furniture, and accessories. The range consists of an exclusive blend of classic vintage and contemporary products. Some of the brands presented at Artilleriet: Comme des Garçons, Hay, Aesop, Astier de Villatte, John Derian NY, No Early Birds, Maison Martin Margiela, Society Limonta, Gubi, Tom Dixon, Lampe Gras, Alexander Wang, Mad et Len, Fermob, Gervasoni.
Mon – Fri: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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I love doodles hand painted windows, typography etc, people make creating doodles look so easy, but alas we know its hard to create amazing pictures this way.
Here are a few examples of some store windows have have been doodled.
Here are some great doodle graphic ideas to inspire you to get creative in your stores.
I hope to find lots more amazing examples of great doodle windows and will update this post as i do.
Oi Polloi is a menswear fashion store in Manchester which opened way back in 2002.
Recently moving into a new much bigger space which has given them the chance to expand their range and let their creative juices flow on the interior design of the store.
I love their store design, graphic design, their quirky advertising and the website.
Take a look and if you like what you see have a look at their website or visit their store.
Visit them at
63 Thomas Street