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.…
As a continuation to design tip in Hong Kong, our Sydney peer Danielle dropped the anchor in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. A city with an incredible old-worldly charm but buzzing with fresh creative vibe and sources of design inspiration at every corner.
Being one of the most thorough trip organisers and always on the search for the most creative and beautiful places to stay at, Danielle discovered Baixa House.
An serviced apartment house in the centre of Lisbon’s historical district, the Baixa (Downtown). Following a thorough refurbishing process, this 18th century building, erected after Lisbon’s 1755 devastating earthquake, opens the doors now to travellers from all over the world.
Each apartment is tastefully decorated with collectables, artworks and unique furniture pieces. It is easy to imagine and dream about living permanently in this wonderful haven in the middle of the city. Or at least come back over and over again.
Baixa House Website: http://www.baixahouse.com …