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
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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Heimtextil Theme Park

Heimtextil Theme Park

An early must-see for the international furnishings sector in the run up to the show. From 14 to 17 January 2015, Heimtextil, the world's largest trade fair for home and contract textiles, will open its doors in Frankfurt am Main. The show is a major highlight for the sector and sets the standard worldwide for quality textiles that embody both design and innovative functionality.
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Zumtobel and Fraunhofer Institute Study Brings User Preferences to Light

Zumtobel and Fraunhofer Institute Study Brings User Preferences to Light

With a global user study on perceived lighting quality in offices, which the Austrian luminaire manufacturer Zumtobel is conducting together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) in Stuttgart, the company is making an important contribution to basic research.
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Boffi: Celebrating Eighty Years of Emotional Solutions

Boffi: Celebrating Eighty Years of Emotional Solutions

On a family holiday to Lake Garda as a teenager, staying near the town of Malcesine, I discovered a design store that seemed to house all the contemporary design I had only ever seen before in books. The shop owner took to my enthusiasm and gave me a bag full of books on Italian design, providing me with a great snapshot of the key design movements and brands that have shaped Italy’s design culture.
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