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Starbucks opens new store concept in Japan

5 April 2011

From my professional point of view I am a huge Starbucks fan. They understand retailing very well and are not afraid to experiment with global vs local, cross-channel a multi-format retail. The last few years the global coffee shop brand is heavily experimenting with its familiar retail concept. From the de-branded 15th avenue to several local/green concept stores. Their latest (local) experiment just opened its doors in Tokyo’s upscale Omotesando fashion district.

The store is designed by, Hiroshi Fujiwara, the godfather of Harajuku. The two-story store is called “b-side” and has its own look and feel and layout that’s unlike any other Starbucks. Besides this different design specs it is also offering a selection of fashion and design books to read during the shop pit stop. The store also plans on selling mugs and limited edition goods available exclusively to b-side.

via Hyperbeast

pop art phone store and a farmers’ market in LA airport

22 March 2011

It was a hectic month, I just became father so priorities shifted for a moment. I still felt the urge to share but made it myself easy by twittering the links of the things I found worthy of note. If you are a regular reader it is actually the best way to be up to date of this blog and I share more too. So if you want to follow me and my thoughts  just click ‘my tweets’ and make you a follower.

And now the real news…

I was stunned when I visited the first 4010 community focused store of Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile) in Berlin. It was so much different than the normal white t-mobile store. The second one that recently opened it’s doors in Cologne is exceptional too. The first store was heavily influenced by Berlin’s famous street art scene. This one has a connection with the city’s Ludwig Museum that has the biggest pop art collection outside the US. The space designed by Hamburg’s PARAT has a relaxed vibe that is often hard to find in hard-core sales environment of many other telecom stores and above all it really tells a story…

Love card sounds a little bit like a love toy but it is actually a digital card that helps the elderly and people with poor sight to shop independently. The device uses RFID technology to “read aloud” the prices of groceries. Although you can question its execution and appearance I think you have to take the idea very seriously. In a nation that, more than any other developed country, has to deal with a rapidly growing group of elderly people this invention understands the broad possibilities of RFID.

Via Yanko design

You might be able to shop at a farmers’ market in the airport very soon. If the bid goes through, the Original Farmers Market at LAX will give a new spin to the traditional airport food court as well as provide some much-needed healthy, fresh noshing options. The idea is to replicate LA’s cultural and culinary experience in the airport.

The Vinyl Factory, a shop for limited edition vinyl music and art packages. In a time where music is digital and almost disposable, combining art with limited editions is maybe the formula for the record shop that is going back to the future.

Via creative review

The first pop-up mall in London and now you can shop in a Berlin apartment.

14 February 2011

I have seen a lot of cool and interesting things pass by the last two weeks. Some set me thinking others just were beautiful. Here are a few of those:

The first Pop-up mall called boxpark is going to be opened in London this year. It directly took me back to my project surprise enterprise designed in 2006.

A romantic store interior for the Swedish Phone Company ‘You by Dialect‘ reminds me that most of the telecom stores look clinical and are male orientated. This one feels a lot more feminine. Amazingly that’s something not done a lot in this business.

via weheart

The newest project of sub zero cool Berlin fashion brand ‘Bless’ is taking brand experience to an other level with “BLESS Home”. It is a shop and residence in a lofty Berlin apartment that will be occupied by people who are willing to expose itself to the whole Bless experience. When living in the apartment he or she will at the same time work as caretaker and shop manager. What’s next?

via garbage dress

Regular readers know that I have a weak spot for retail interiors made with simple, mostly inexpensive intervention. This very charming children store is completely decorated with revamped materials bought from a local flea market and from eBay. And I have to admit it looks quit good.

via referans

8 Driving Forces for Retail in 2011

7 February 2011

I love infographics because of their clarity and aesthetics. This is a great one about retail. It shows the tremendous gain of technology, particularly in the realms of eCommerce and social media.Via

Dad is doing the groceries and custom lit cereal boxes on the shelf

25 January 2011

Here a few highlights of  last moth that are worth paying attention to.

It seems that dad is doing the groceries. But most of the retailers still behave like shopping is a female dominate habit. This survey proves the opposite and discovered that about six in 10 dads identifying themselves as their household’s decision makers in grocery purchases. So retailers maybe have to rethink their feminization strategy to avoid alienation of this large and growing group of man from their (retail)brand.

via Adage

In the store it is all about shelf power! And this cool custom-lit cereal boxes, developed by eCoupled is definitely make consumers stop and take a second look. And even better it is cheap to produce.

It’s finally official! The much-publicized i.t beijing market in Beijing opended its doors. This collab venture of Hong Kong-based retail giant i.t and comme des garçons proves that China is the undisputed new frontier of edgy retail.

via Hyperbeast

Hip hip hooray two years of blogging

20 December 2010

It is now two years ago that I decided to start a blog around the subject I am interested in the most. Retail branding and design are a significant part of my life and since I started writing this blog it is even more so. It stimulated me to get into the matter of the subjects even deeper, which gave me more knowledge about the retail branding and design. A blog is all about sharing knowledge and sharing is not only beneficial for the receiver but also for the sender. And since the statistics show a constant growth of the amount of readers it strengthens me in continuing doing this. I want to thank you readers for your interest and special thanks for my loyal readers. As you notice, this message is in English. I always promised myself that when this blog would be successful I will publish it in English, and the time has come to do that.

People’s supermarket prachtige nieuwe huisstijl

15 December 2010

Simpel maar briljante en zeer goed uitgevoerde huisstijl van de engelse community owned supermarkt People’s supermarket uit Londen.

via identity designed

Kopen met tijd en sinterklaas in Londen

30 November 2010

Wat opvallende dingen van deze maand voor jullie bij elkaar gezet.

Hij is dan eindelijk geopend,  Plane shop, de  roulerende pop-up winkel op het vliegveld van Glasgow

De kunstenaar Lawrence Weiner ontwierp een winkel waar niet met geld maar met tijd wordt betaald. Een oud socialistisch fenomeen dat de laatste tijd zeker in de VS weer wordt opgepakt.

De grote merken willen klein lijken door samen met locale hippe ambachtelijke merken op een ‘pop up’ vlooienmarkt te staan.

Veel over bericht toch even het vermelden waar. Kessels Kramer introduceert sinterklaas in Londen.

Ik ben weer een stukje meer sociable

23 November 2010

Ja Ja.. Ik heb nu eindelijk ook de share button op mijn blog! Dus, wil je mijn bevindingen, berichtjes met anderen delen dan kan dat nu met een druk op de knop.

Dover Street Market 2.0?

19 November 2010
Het merk zal in Bejing en Tokio twee multi label warenhuizen openen. In deze ruimte zullen grote namen als Anne de Meulenmeester en Bathing Ape alsmede door CdG geselecteerd jong talent worden verkocht. Er wordt al gesproken van Dover Street Market 2.0. Dat deze nieuwe initiatieven in de wandelgangen al zo heten is niet verwonderlijk als je realiseerd dat de namen I.T. Beijing Market en Ginza Komatsu Market zullen zijn. Een ding is zeker het zal weer spectaculair en trendzettend worden

via Racked

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