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Shop, but not. 5 fit-outs that recast retail

Shop, but not. 5 fit-outs that recast retail

Retail has become a hyper-dimensional experience. While a destination may draw you in for any number of reasons – social, educational, personal wellness – shopping remains the ultimate act.

An experiential design in Beijing that ticks every box

An experiential design in Beijing that ticks every box

CUN Design redefines the retail experience with a dramatic industrial design for Qpokee, geared towards China’s Gen Z shoppers.

“The biggest vegan restaurant in the world” realised – Smith & Deli

“The biggest vegan restaurant in the world” realised – Smith & Deli

Giving “vegan dining the glamour it’s been missing”, Shannon Martinez has launched Smith & Deli, a colossal vegan dining hub in Collingwood.

YSG delivers a dreamy European atmosphere for Cultiver

YSG delivers a dreamy European atmosphere for Cultiver

Bringing together its signature warmth and sharply developed textural interplay, YSG Studio has delivered a reinvigorated warehouse showroom space for Australian linen brand, Cultiver.

Five revelations in hospitality and retail design

Five revelations in hospitality and retail design

Raise the topic of hospitality and retail and your mind instantly jumps to far-out fit-outs and awe-inspiring interiors. But before you even reach that finished product, there are many moving parts to negotiate first.

Sculptural simplicity, inspired by Brancusi

Sculptural simplicity, inspired by Brancusi

Inspired by the sculptural modernist works of Brancusi, Deadly Ponies Armadale is a humble yet intriguing store, subtly hidden behind steel mesh curtains.

There are no golden rules in retail – Russell & George

There are no golden rules in retail – Russell & George

From hyper-real run-ins to fragmented customer profiles, Russell & George “slams” typologies to design spaces that make you put down your phone.

What’s cooking in hospitality design?

What’s cooking in hospitality design?

Indesign #85, the ‘Social Spaces’ issue is out now. Indesign Editor Alice Blackwood brings us up to speed on the retail and hospitality design topics informing this edition’s theme.

Andrew Waller conceives an elegant space for the Zjoosh flagship

Andrew Waller conceives an elegant space for the Zjoosh flagship

A “grand” space and ample time saw Andrew Waller create a premium interior for the Zjoosh flagship store in Bondi Junction, in time for Sydney’s emergence from lockdown.

Can commercial tenancies facilitate workplace flexibility?

Can commercial tenancies facilitate workplace flexibility?

Looking beyond the standard rental agreements of the past, Space&CO. are opting to bring options to the table previously unseen for office tenants.

The surface solution for demanding retail environments

The surface solution for demanding retail environments

Retail surfaces are put under plenty of stress on a daily basis – from constant contact to spills and more. Thankfully, Staron is up to the job.

One giant leap for retail design

One giant leap for retail design

Are you ready for the brave new future of retail design? Here’s how SKP, SYBARITE and Gentle Monster imagine it.

Revitalising Perth shopping for the post Covid world

Revitalising Perth shopping for the post Covid world

While the redevelopment of a shopping centre probably sounds unimportant right now for renowned Architectural firm Hames Sharley it is important work for the future.

Using stackable doors for security solutions

Using stackable doors for security solutions

Elegant, effective and secure, the Australian Trellis Door Company recently installed a series of premium grade stackable doors to great effect at a prestigious Sydney commercial project.

From clicks to bricks

From clicks to bricks

CoLAB Design Studio revitalised Francesca’s Melbourne Central store, translating the online brand and shopping experience into a physical store and stronger offline presence.

2020 and the Future of Design and Architecture

2020 and the Future of Design and Architecture

With a new decade dawning, we caught up with Yosi Tal – Managing Director of Designer Rugs, to discuss where the industry has been, where it’s going and how Designer Rugs plans to stay in front of the pack.

Take a Seat – Marketing to Millennials

Take a Seat – Marketing to Millennials

With one chair, one engaging entertainer, 50 relatable scenarios and millions of views, KE-ZU has tapped a new audience.

Copa Chairs: Enriching the retail shopping experience

Copa Chairs: Enriching the retail shopping experience

Distributed exclusively in Australia by KE-ZU, Copa chairs from Expormim are using their attractive design to help attract and retain customers.

Integration: The key ingredient of CASE-REAL

Integration: The key ingredient of CASE-REAL

One of Japan’s leading architecture and design firms, Case-Real looks to integration as a key element across their practice, both in materials and environment.

A Joan Miró inspired bookstore

A Joan Miró inspired bookstore

Panorama Design Group brings an imaginative world to life for knowledge hunting in a kids’ bookstore in Chengdu – and Joan Miró was the source of inspiration.

Ownworld sample library launched in Sydney

Ownworld sample library launched in Sydney

The commercial furniture experts at ownworld have a new way to present their terrific range of furniture, lighting and accessories. Presenting the Sample Library.

Masters of the art of storytelling in design

Masters of the art of storytelling in design

IndesignLive gets the inside story on the award winning Span Design Studio. Excelling at weaving storytelling into their design, Span creates highly personalised hospitality and retail environments receiving local and international recognition.

Clinically soft: Hecker Guthrie brings Script Skincare to life

Clinically soft: Hecker Guthrie brings Script Skincare to life

Tactile and textured with a futurist bent, Script Skincare is a retail and treatment offering centred on the user journey designed by Hecker Guthrie.

Saccharine Sweet: Holiland Patisserie Shanghai

Saccharine Sweet: Holiland Patisserie Shanghai

London-based practice Universal Design Studio has designed a pastel sweet bakery in Shanghai, where the fitout almost steals the show from the sweets.

SJB writes a new chapter for UNSW Bookshop

SJB writes a new chapter for UNSW Bookshop

SJB transforms the UNSW Bookshop into a dynamic retail space that encourages people to spend time in a setting that fosters ideas and discussion.

Blurring the threshold: Vision Studio by Studio Edwards

Blurring the threshold: Vision Studio by Studio Edwards

Vision Studio’s newest Melbourne store, designed by Studio Edwards, has been conceived as a pared-back gallery space with accents of colour and vibrancy.

A retail renaissance

A retail renaissance

The Shopping Space category for the INDE.Awards focuses on retail projects that exemplify design and caters to changing consumer behaviours.

What is The Department of New Realities?

What is The Department of New Realities?

The ‘future-forward creative unit’, headed up by an Aussie expat, explores how the likes of technology, theatrics and the senses can inform new modes of engagement.

Subverting shopping at Subtype by Noise Noise Noise

Subverting shopping at Subtype by Noise Noise Noise

Subtype’s new flagship Melbourne store encourages sneakerheads to explore, Instagram and return time and time again.

Retail with a difference by David Chipperfield

Retail with a difference by David Chipperfield

Retail is one area that has to constantly be innovating in the digital age. Through design, Ssense by David Chipperfield pushes forward with a new era of physical retail and e-commerce.

Arches + Millennial pink come together at Nikkou

Arches + Millennial pink come together at Nikkou

Nikkou – meaning sunshine in Japanese – is exactly what Australian retailer Nikkou Store delivers throughout its curvy, pink-washed concrete space.

Raw meets refined at Aēsop Shibuya

Raw meets refined at Aēsop Shibuya

The new Aēsop store in Shibuya, designed by TORAFU ARCHITECTS, features a juxtaposition of materials that celebrates the opposite ends of perfection and imperfection.

Minimalist retail by Adam Kane Architects

Minimalist retail by Adam Kane Architects

Adam Kane Architects brings its signature minimalist aesthetics to a retail environment, creating an elegant space for brides to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Flexible retail: HAY Tokyo by Schemata Architects

Flexible retail: HAY Tokyo by Schemata Architects

Incorporating ‘moveable interfaces’ and display systems into its design for HAY Tokyo, Schemata Architects has allowed the temporary store interior to move and grow as its needs change.

NAU and David Jones: where a designer brand meets a retail icon

NAU and David Jones: where a designer brand meets a retail icon

The Australian designer furniture of NAU will now be stocked by iconic Aussie retailer David Jones.

India Mahdavi’s pastel-hued, otherworldly interior for Ladurée in Tokyo

India Mahdavi’s pastel-hued, otherworldly interior for Ladurée in Tokyo

Having orchestrated some of the most Instagrammed interiors around the world, India Mahdavi brings her signature aesthetic to Ladurée Aoyama.

Epic cantilevers: JINS Shanghai by Junya Ishigami

Epic cantilevers: JINS Shanghai by Junya Ishigami

Using exaggerated concrete cantilevered shelving, this retail space in Shanghai for a Japanese eyewear brand certainly catches the eye.

Retail tech fusion at Habitat by Honestbee

Retail tech fusion at Habitat by Honestbee

Bringing the grocery shopping experience into a new age, Habitat by Honestbee, designed by Wynk Collaborative, layers technology and dining with the everyday essentials.

Reinventing the classic food hall

Reinventing the classic food hall

The David Jones Food Hall at Bondi moves into a new era of hospitality thanks to the recent renovation by Landini Associates.

Solid Surfaces and retail finish solutions

Solid Surfaces and retail finish solutions

The team at Staron know that the demanding and high traffic environments of retail fit-outs need surfaces that are durable, hardwearing and renewable – enter Solid Surfaces.

Materials Matter at Aje Perth

Materials Matter at Aje Perth

We Are Triibe has designed Aje Perth with a focus on texture and tone to capture the raw beauty, tough femininity and effortlessly cool style of the brand’s clothing.

Issey Miyake Kyoto amalgamates past and present

Issey Miyake Kyoto amalgamates past and present

Naoto Fukasawa outfits a traditional michiya into Issey Miyake’s first standalone store in Kyoto, offering a tranquil backdrop for the brand’s graphic and colourful clothing.

Hospitality bending retail: At home in a bar with HASSELL

Hospitality bending retail: At home in a bar with HASSELL

HASSELL’s recent Singapore project is evidence that, in the modern retail landscape, the proof is in the amazement.

Melt-in-your-mouth design: Piccolina by Hecker Guthrie

Melt-in-your-mouth design: Piccolina by Hecker Guthrie

Serving up a modern space for traditional gelato, Piccolina is a refreshing take on vintage Italian design.

Blushing Beauty at Bec+Bridge’s First Flagship

Blushing Beauty at Bec+Bridge’s First Flagship

Sydney-based designer George Livissianis translates a millennial clothing brand into a physical experience for Bec+Bridge’s first retail store – where lashings of pink and a sunny outdoor vibe set the scene.

Consumer Clairvoyance: Future-Proofing Retail

Consumer Clairvoyance: Future-Proofing Retail

Can design future-proof retailers against the five-year cycle? Australia’s top designers are tackling the challenge head-on, with Russell & George undertaking the refurbishment of Aesop Doncaster and Geyer re-imagining banking retail for Suncorp.

A Striking Retail Space Designed Around The Idea Of ‘Gift Boxes’

A Striking Retail Space Designed Around The Idea Of ‘Gift Boxes’

Designed by One Plus Partnership, the new retail experience store for jewellry house Chow Thai Fook in Hong Kong’s Yoho Mall uses the brand’s signature gift boxes as the driving theme.

Chifley Plaza Sydney by SJB

Chifley Plaza Sydney by SJB

The shopping mall is making a comeback – but not in the way you might expect. SJB reimagines the retail experience at Sydney’s iconic Chifley Plaza through a clever pairing of Manhattan Art Deco nostalgia and a design strategy that appeals to our hearts and our feet.

Bringing The Drama Back To Retail: Chifley Plaza Sydney by SJB

Bringing The Drama Back To Retail: Chifley Plaza Sydney by SJB

The shopping mall is making a comeback – but not in the way you might expect. SJB reimagines the retail experience at Sydney’s iconic Chifley Plaza through a clever pairing of Manhattan Art Deco nostalgia and a design strategy that appeals to our hearts and our feet.

Interface

Interface

Interface, by definition, is the world’s largest designer and maker of carpet tile. For Interface, design is a mindset and sustainability is the journey of a lifetime. So, what drives them? A positive vision of the future and the determination to make it come true. The moral courage to do what is right, despite all […]

Polytec

Polytec

Polytec is an Australian marketer and distributor of decorative surfaces, dedicated to providing the finest quality products across Australia. Across the industry Polytec is recognised for innovation, craftsmanship, customer service and the use of quality materials. In the decorative surfaces category, Polytec is the fastest growing brand in Australia – with a drive to the manufacture of products with the […]

Alquema Sydney Flagship by loopcreative

Alquema Sydney Flagship by loopcreative

Can technology improve the designer-builder relationship? In their latest retail project, the Alquema flagship in Sydney’s famed QVB, loopcreative discovers how gadgets, gizmos and golden ratios can solve the age-old quarrel.

Can Technology Improve The Designer-Builder Relationship?

Can Technology Improve The Designer-Builder Relationship?

The simple design tool making the impossible possible. Everyone said loopcreative’s plan for Alquema’s flagship store couldn’t be done, but they knew better. We find out how 3D printing turned an abstract design into reality.

Let’s Break the Rules of Retail

Let’s Break the Rules of Retail

Are bricks and mortar retail spaces dead? Not according to the team behind London’s Dover Street Market.

Space

Space

Space launched its first showroom in Sydney in 1993, quickly establishing the benchmark for design retailing in Australia. Since then the company has developed into South-East Asia’s largest and most progressive retailer of contemporary design. Today Space has five purpose-built showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, each with architect designed interior environments […]

Retail Store of the Future

Retail Store of the Future

Heidi.com have opened its first flagship store in Neuchatel, Swiss with a unique and interactive retail space.

The Heritage of Seed in a Monochromatic Design

The Heritage of Seed in a Monochromatic Design

Seed’s new store in Melbourne Emporium, by Mim Design, is bold and charming. It captures the heritage of the Australian retailer and celebrates its iconic style in a visually intriguing way.

Retail is not just about the sell

Retail is not just about the sell

Retail is no longer just about purchasing, it’s about experiencing product. We take a look at Domo’s pop-up showcase in Collingwood, Melbourne, where Hecker Guthrie has curated a unique Ligne Roset experience. Alice Blackwood reports.

6 ways design is reviving physical retail

6 ways design is reviving physical retail

As much as we love trawling Asos and eBay, there are occasions where the physical retail experience outdoes the digital. Discover how these six retail spaces have created a shopping experience that excels offline.