Posts Tagged ‘cool shops’
April 1st, 2013 – When Crumpler’s Creative Director, Sam Davy set out to shape the bag company’s 12th Australian store, he was bound and determined to build an interactive space and unique consumer experience that reflects both the local environment and creative path of the brand’s original design ethos. Crumpler partnered up with local creative and award-winning architect Ryan Russell, of Russell & George, to cultivate this vision for their new retail space in Prahran, on the south side of Melbourne.
The design of the store is based on the abstraction of a pixel. A space that merges lighting and different media to create a fractured urban landscape of light and moving images. Russell and Davy worked closely to design a dynamic space that frames and illuminates the products.
A three dimensional grid of light was introduced to showcase Crumpler’s vibrant bags and provide an energetic backdrop for a landscape of moving images, piles of grey rock, and grey concrete.
Davy explained that the “raw, contemporary textures and use of light and film projection within the store not only showcases the products but the design has enabled a regeneration of this iconic site on the corner of Chapel Street and High Street.”
Beyond the lightsaber grid, monochromatic finishes, and grey rocks piled along the floors – Russell made sure that Crumpler’s colorfully crafted goods would rightfully remain the center of attention.
Photography By Dianna Snape
July 20th, 2012 – We don’t put it past Carey Melnichuk, creative director of Secret Location, to outfit their new concept store with a traditional 17th century white paneled wall which melts back to reveal an angular contemporary book shelf! Now stop right there! We know what your’re thinking – the location of the new store was not actually a secret (might have been clever, but borderline gimmicky). This new shop is no secret to the streets of Vancouver, where it is getting an awful lot of attention for a little place! That attention is coming from the sophisticated and twisted interiors designed by Melnichuk, in collaboration with the architects at B+H.
Secret Location is known for selling off-the-shelf design oriented products, and it is the first of it’s kind in the historic Gastown. Melnichuk and B+H created a visually playful space which is 1/2 shop, 1/2 restaurant. Guests can travel from the dining room, through a cool minty green tunnel which leads into the narrow and long 10,000 sq.ft. shop lined with concrete columns and creative display shelving and custom designed tables for clothes, books, cameras, and a collection of worldy accessories!
(Photography Courtesy of: Secret Location)
(Photography: Geoff Tsui)
Nike is a company that’s always trying to stay ahead of the curve, the Oregon based sportswear gurus have set up the first Nike+ Fuelstation in East London’s Boxpark. The store is Nike’s vision of what the future of retail design will look like. The internal creatives at Nike in The Netherlands dreamed up the concept store which is attempting to offer an innovative balance of interactive digital elements along with human interaction.
Nike created Nike+ to be a global hub for athletes to come together and digitally measure their athletic success, be motivated by fellow athletes, and stay updated on the latest and greatest in athletic technology. Nike+ gives users all the tools they need to go out there, and make the most of their activities! These tools are the very essence that the Nike+ Fuelstation is built on.
The design of the smart store combines a clever mix of familiar materials such as wood and metal, with more unexpected elements like wall to ceiling to floor motion sensing LED screens. As visitors walk past the screens, the colors of the graphics change from red to green. A cool substitution for traditional mannequins, are the “motion-sensitive smart mirrors that reveal film footage of local runners wearing products from the store.” But Nike doesn’t stop there, visitors can even create life sized digital imagery of themselves which can easily be shared with the world by social media outlets with a quick press of button!
G-Star sure made a statement when they set up shop at Berlin’s Bread & Butter annual tradeshow. The concrete-like structure was constructed by the Dutch building team Fiction Factory and the Dutch production creatives at Sightline, who took inspiration from G-star’s ‘Raw’ denim collection to create their booth. The indoor/outdoor exhibition was built using raw materials such as unfinished wood and concrete, then complemented with glossy yellow accent pieces and shiny metal flooring. The team introduced circular cut-out’s in the ceiling to add white lighting, transformed motorcycle handlebars into cool hangers for the jeans, and added a cool white rhino behind glass. The indoor areas acted as a museum like display for G-Star’s urban collection, while the design of the outdoor aided in drawing people in for a relaxed social setting while interacting with G-star products in multiple types of clever displays.