Flagship Enterprise: The Future of Corporate Store Architecture Emphasises Individuality

Flagship Enterprise: The Future of Corporate Store Architecture Emphasises Individuality

It may sound paradoxical, but corporate store architecture today strives to be as individualistic as possible. This is partly due to necessity. Like many booksellers, high-end fashion labels are fending off fierce competition from online retailers. They hope that investing in new, ultra-contemporary stores with a unique identity will wow their customers. Read
Hearth and Home: Why Architects Are Warming Once Again to the Age-old Hearth

Hearth and Home: Why Architects Are Warming Once Again to the Age-old Hearth

Fireplaces were once essential: from prehistoric times to the 19th-century, a home’s hearth provided light, heat and a means with which to cook. Today, you might think they were superfluous, obsolete in this age of centrally heated buildings. Yet our desire for fireplaces has never been entirely extinguished. Ironically, if they were once primarily functional, they’re now widely considered an unnecessary yet romantic luxury.
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Wall&decò’s WET SYSTEM™ Revolutionises Bathroom Styling

Wall&decò’s WET SYSTEM™ Revolutionises Bathroom Styling

The bathroom is often the most understated and unambitiously decorated space in residential interiors as its design is dictated by functional requirements such as the need for surfaces that repel moisture. But the era of bland bathrooms may be over thanks to Wall&decò’s revolutionary, waterproof WET SYSTEM™ wallpaper collection, which allows exciting murals and non-repeating patterns to be employed in wet and damp environments.
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With its Theme Park, Heimtextil Is Opening its Visionary Door to the Future Even Wider than Before

With its Theme Park, Heimtextil Is Opening its Visionary Door to the Future Even Wider than Before

Heimtextil, the leading and largest trade fair specialising in home furnishing and contract textiles, will once again open its doors in Frankfurt am Main for four days from 14 to 17 January 2015. Around 70,000 trade visitors, including many architects and interior designers, will take advantage of the early date in the year to put themselves in the picture as regards product innovations and trends for the coming season. One especially exciting feature is sure to be the newly installed Theme Park in Hall 4.0. It picks up on the intentions of the previous trend show and now continues it as an event highlight in the heart of the exhibition site. Here, everything revolves around topics of design and the future, around concepts and visions.
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Shelf-life: Why Bookshop Interiors Are Turning Over a New Leaf

Shelf-life: Why Bookshop Interiors Are Turning Over a New Leaf

In the retail world, bookstore interiors are arguably changing more radically than in any other sector. Time was when bookshops appealed for being old-world and fusty, with their labyrinthine layouts, faintly musty smells and eccentrically bookish proprietors. One example might be Paris’s Shakespeare and Company bookshop, founded by Sylvia Beach in 1919. Fast-forward to the 1990s, and bookshops had become megastores incorporating cafés and comfortable leather armchairs where customers could browse for hours and sip cappuccinos.
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