Today, on the search for inspiration as usual, we came across another excellent example of a thorough design concept combining both aesthetic interiors & decoration and strong brand marketing – The Oyster Inn on Waiheke Island.
A short hop from the big smoke of Auckland on the east side of New Zealand’s North Island, Waiheke Island offers its visitors a lush & relaxing environment, a world away from city life.
When viewed in isolation the restaurant, a stone’s throw from Oneroa Beach, has the outward look and feel of an out-of-the-way yet meticulously maintained colonial outpost, grand in its way but not ostentatious.
The nearby beach is not so close that the fishermen could throw their catch straight through Oyster Inn’s kitchen window without disembarking, but the elevated verandah does provide diners with impressive views of the bay, and the sand is only a short stroll away if you want to walk off your meal, locally-sourced food from Cristian Hossack, formerly head chef at London’s Providores.
The Oyster Inn’s interiors are crisp and white with shades of timber; the dining area, the bar, and the clean and fresh-looking guest rooms all provide a palpably cool atmosphere, and there are plenty …
As passionate designers, our busy absorbing brains are constantly on the search for new design inspirations.
We love thinking about trends – the next “it” colour, product designs, store fitouts & curations etc.Therefore, shops are the ultimate source of inspiration. Today, in times of online shopping and the transition to virtualise our purchasing experience, we have come to a point, where, if we go “offline” shopping, we are looking for a truly unique experience.
That being said, we find ourselves being particularly drawn to so-called brick & mortar shops. Perhaps it is how the physical needs of a store, from signage to window styling to lighting, provide countess opportunities for striking design. There is so much dedication required to run a shop of any kind but a unique magic in opening a store for the day, interacting with customers and creating a tangible sense of community.
This post and its pictures is very much focussed on physical storefronts, but can be used to inspire any facet of retail. With the rise of big box stores and discount e-commerce, brick and mortar shops feel like fragile yet vital components of how a city formulates its design aesthetic and uniqueness.
Design Clarity is interested in the actions being undertaken by retailers in the sustainability effort. Are the actions in place to make a significant and lasting impact or a token to appeal to a consumer’s positioning on the brand?
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has implemented the Plan A Scheme with the intention of making themselves the world’s most sustainable retailer. The scheme involves 100 individual commitments ranging from extending its ethical trading assessments of suppliers to enabling donations of unwanted clothing under the ‘shwopping’ initiative with the aim to recycle one garment for every one sold.
Plan A is embedded in company communication: newsletters, posters, packaging and display to ensure sustainability principles are integrated in to day-to-day thinking and operations. M&S claims that over 5 million customers have taken part in Plan A activities, such as shwopping and the Big Beach Clean-up. 31% of M&S products (by volume) now have a Plan A attribute such as Fairtrade, Organic or made from recycled material. In fact, last year 4.5 million garments were sold that made using Fairtrade certified cotton and we’ve increased sales of Fairtrade food by 88% since 2006/07.…