Conran in Chelsea has coloured itself shades of red for this months London design Festival.
The windows look striking just by using lots of products but all coloured shades of red, whilst the rest of the top floor has many red visual features.
Take a look.
After popping into Williams Sonoma I went next door to see how sister company Pottery Barn was looking and I wasn’t disappointed. The store was looking great lots of visual displays and great products.
Here are a selection of photos from a whistle stop visit to the big apple, I literally spend 24 hours their, the weather was amazing and I managed to get a few snaps of some interesting things. take a look.
Loved this amazing visual feature wall created in the Gant store.
Simple yet very effective window scheme in the Rag and Bone store
Quirky exterior store planting, makes the store and the street look great.
NOHO or North of Houston
Just north of Soho the Noho design area has been up and coming for the last few years, it defiantly the place to hunt out quirky new ideas.
Love this Gap billboard made up of real T shirts on one of the main roads in the area.
Talk about street art, Desigual know how to grab your attention.
This is another great example of grabbing your attention, this time a little more subtle than Desigual but still effective.
This trail leads you to an exhibition by Tom Dixon.
Great example of the Upcycling trend, this time using pallets as A frame ad boards.
Guerrilla street art, lampposts have been given some treatment to improve their look. They have been covered in thousands of coloured cable ties.
Urban Outfitters on London’s Oxford St are undergoing some alterations to the store. Unlike most other retailers that just hoard areas of the store that they are working on with boring screens, Urban Outfitters embrace the disruption and turn the scaffolding into visual features.
Even when they are in the throes of development, they are still so creative and always come up with simple imaginative ways to display products and communicate with customers.
Here are a selection of photos of the store and windows.
I was just thinking about what I would blog about today and decided to take a look through my photo library and couldn’t believe that I have never blogged about “The Shop at Bluebird”.
This store is amazing the was launched back in 2005 and trades from an iconic Art Deco building on the Kings Road in London. It is very much an ever evolving concept store, selling everything from designer women’s wear, menswear and accessories through to furniture, home accessories, gifts, books and music. They even have a Spa and Beauty area which was added in 2007.
The shop marks a return to the spirit of the Kings Road in the Sixties and Seventies, when the area was a melting pot of styles and fashions. Stock is constantly changing, as is the retail space, which is large enough to accommodate exhibitions and performance art, you can even hire the whole shop out for private functions.
I love this store because every time I go there its different, they are constantly changing and evolving the space which makes it feel fresh and exciting. I also like the fact that they don’t really have a shop fit, they have a really good space which is contemporary and simple in appearance just like a blank canvas and they paint the store with fixtures and fittings most of which are recycled and up-cycled.
I really wish more stores were like this and realised that people want to be inspired and entertained when they visit a store and don’t want to see the same thing every time.
So my challenge to anyone who owns a store is to be brave and regularly reinvent your space, it doesn’t have to cost the earth as this store proves, it just takes vision and enthusiasm.
I have so many great photos of this store I can’t show them all but here are a selection from my library.
They also have a pop up store space which is currently housing Carven
The other day I blogged about how cool Aesop are and that I love th fact that they are one of only a handful of companies really design forward by making every store different.
Well here is another company that has the same attitude.
Camper have allowed designers to let their creative juices flow on many of their stores,culminating in a complete mix of tastes and styles but all manage to retain the strength of the brand.
Here are a selection of their great stores.
Aesop was launched in 1987 in Australia and has slowly but steadily been opening stores all around the world.
What I like about them is that they have a strong identity but they allow each and every store to have its own personality.
So for people who travel the world and are slightly fed up with seeing the same brands everywhere, at least you get a nice surprise when you pop into this company.
They use different designers to create leading edge store designs that look amazing.
Here are a selection of their stores, so many great ideas to steal.