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
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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Stylist explores the paint decorations trend, including colour, texture and accents.
Tops Tiles have been expanding all over the country on the back of over a 5% sales increase last year.
But they are not only opening large out of town retail units, they have now created a boutique version of their brand, these small intimate stores are all situated in more affluent areas and have been given a really great look.
Heres some photos of the new West Dulwich store.
2 Croxted Road
SE21 8SW, UK
Written by Lyndsey Dennis
Habitat has launched its 35th and largest new Mini Habitat store in Chichester. The 520 sq m concept store is the largest to be opened by the brand since it started rolling out its Mini Habitat project in Homebase stores in 2012.
The space will showcase a new retail concept developed by Polly Dickens, creative director at Habitat; Graham Copeland, creative manager and in-house designer Matthew Long. The store design includes bespoke fixturing designed to enhance the sense of space and light and uses digital technology to create an immersive store environment for customers by incorporating interactive touch screens and video walls. New features include bold, checkerboard flooring, a statement chair wall featuring best-selling designs, a large gallery space and a bold cash desk design.
‘The Mini Habitat project has allowed us to extend our physical presence across the whole of the UK making us more accessible than ever with 38 different store locations,’ says Clare Askem, managing director of Habitat. ‘These stores have supported strong sales growth for us and this year we’re looking to continue this expansion meaning that customers are able to interact with Habitat products and staff more conveniently in locations stretching from Cornwall up to Scotland.
‘As our digital business continues to grow, we’re seeing that there is still a demand from consumers for physical showrooms that allow interaction with product before purchase and allow shoppers to immerse themselves in a Habitat environment. Chichester is a particularly exciting project as it offers us an opportunity to trial a new visual concept for these stores on a much larger scale and means that we can look to incorporate successful new elements from this design into our other Mini and flagship stores in the future.’
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Convenience store design must always start with the customer says Spar head of retail Ian Taylor. Matthew Valentine reports
Spar head of retail Ian Taylor tackled the difficult question of what convenience store customer want, and how that shapes store design, during his conference session at Retail Design Expo.
“What does the customer want from a convenience store? Not surprisingly, they want everything,” he told conference delegates. “They want convenience, whether that is car parking or opening hours; they want value for money, that’s very important. And local products are now playing an ever increasing part in our store design and layout.”
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Retail Design Expo will be back at Olympia on 9-10 March 2016.
Pictures: Matthew Valentine
Haas is a creative collective which just happens to also have a fabulous coffee shop on the ground floor of their building.
It not only seems coffee but is a showcase for some of their designers work which can also be bought.
The interior design is on trend with a mix of upcylced furniture in a pared back building with hints of retro and steam punk all rolled into one.
The haas collective,
19 Buitenkant St
Check out this fab post by Web Designer Depot, its a list of some of the best paper art designers, together with examples of their work and contact details.
Here are a few examples of the great work on show.
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