I love popping into The Conran shop when I’m in London, there is always so much inspiration to be found.
I have noticed a trend building over the last year for using Critall style metal window frames in many stores. But conran have also added simple blocks of colour to some of theirs, i saw lots of stores using colour blocking whilst looking around London.
Conran have continued the colour blocking theme inside their store, using it to great effect on walls, architectural features and fixtures.
They are using it for way finding as well, helping to lead customers on their journey through the store.
I love this trend/style wall they have created in their furniture area, it really stands out and offers customers great simple information.
Love the clash of bright ribbons against this royal blue wall.
Where they do not have a surface to paint they have been inventive and used plants to add the colour.
The Conran Shop – www.conranshop.co.uk
Critall Windows – www.crittall-windows.co.uk
Another great find from the RDE [Retail Design Exhibition] in London, this time this company sells a liquid that when set looks exactly like concrete, it can be painted on to almost any type of surface and comes in lots of colours. It mainly been marketed to the house design industry but it could be used in so many ways in retail design and for visual merchandising design.
Design concrete is not well known in the UK, but is very popular in France, where it is known as béton ciré. It was first created for the US navy about 30 years ago. Since then, it has been developed to provide a wide range of colours for domestic and industrial uses.
Design concrete is a mixture of Portland cement, silica sand, polymer resins, with natural pigment added to provide colour. It is different to polished concrete, which is a traditional concrete that is merely polished. Design concrete, on the other hand, is applied in the same way as plaster and is only 2mm thick.
The finished product is hard-wearing, flexible, seamless, versatile, with a tactile finish and is resistant to abrasion and staining. It is waterproof and can be applied to interiors (floors, walls, worktops, kitchens, bathrooms etc) as well as exteriors – even for swimming pools.
Colours and the finish can be tailored to suit any designs.
Source: Design Concrete
20 Chepstow Corner
London W2 4XE
Tel : 0207 727 4083
These days most high street brands are resorting to using just graphics in their windows, probably to either save money or for easy instillation and most are bland and non descriptor, but this Oasis spring window scheme in London caught my eye as the photography is beautiful and striking and because rather than just putting the graphic on the back window they have also used the sides of the windows, which most retailers forget about, but most of us see when approaching the store from the street.
As i passed the store i then noticed that they had used the same graphics on a large scale in the entranceway, which is a nice way to take the scheme inside to attract people in, the fishing real tactic.
It takes just a peek out a frosty window to remind us that winter has, indeed, taken up residency on this side of the equator. But as we burrow under blankets and sip our cocoa, we can’t help but anticipate the warmth and excitement of springtime. That sensation—as nature comes alive and everything begins anew—is at the heart of our latest windows, which feature boundless sunflower fields heralding the warmth of the season ahead. “There’s something so calming about a thousand flowers standing tall, faces to the sun. I thought it would be the perfect way to introduce spring,” said our display director, Erika. Each handcrafted display transforms everyday materials—like painted canvas and chain-linked dowels—into works of art.
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Sonia Rykiel has refitted her London store in a library theme and using a very bold red which contrasts brilliantly against the black store facade.
SONIA RYKIEL LONDON
27-29 Brook Street, W1K 4 HE
+44 (0) 207 493 52 55
Monday to Saturday from 10AM to 7PM
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