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How consumer habits are influencing the blend of physical and digital in design

How consumer habits are influencing the blend of physical and digital in design

The designers of physical retail and hospitality experiences are well aware that the digital presence of a project has rapidly grown in importance. With this evolution has come almost an entirely new understanding of how the physical and digital interact. 

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.

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.

AIM Architecture makes urban retail experience like a walk In The Park

AIM Architecture makes urban retail experience like a walk In The Park

Shopping in Shanghai becomes a voyage of discovery for the fashion-conscious male when visiting In The Park designed by AIM Architecture.

6 shopping and social spaces that celebrate sensory design

6 shopping and social spaces that celebrate sensory design

Sensory design has never been so important to the curation of retail and hospitality environments as it is today. Here are 6 design projects that got it right.

Google’s retail debut is done in true ‘novel yet useful’ style

Google’s retail debut is done in true ‘novel yet useful’ style

The Google flagship store, in Chelsea, New York, takes cues from neuroaesthetics — a field of study dedicated to exploring how ‘form follows feeling’.

Retail pop-up makes the most of the Trans-Tasman bubble

Retail pop-up makes the most of the Trans-Tasman bubble

A unique Australian and New Zealand partnership has pulled off an innovative retail concept to demonstrate that affordable luxury is alive and thriving.

FARM returns to origins for its design of Aesop’s new store

FARM returns to origins for its design of Aesop’s new store

Earthy orchards and elemental processes form the design genesis of Aesop’s store at ION Orchard in Singapore.

A Multi-Sensory Retail Experience

A Multi-Sensory Retail Experience

From the chef to the home cook, the Winning Appliances Richmond Showroom’s luxe design and elegant displays appeal to all. A range of the finest appliances, including the Zip HydroTap, are showcased in various kitchen designs, creating a retail experience that is dynamic and multi-sensory.

This retail space in New Delhi draws on the drama of fashion

This retail space in New Delhi draws on the drama of fashion

An innovative retail store in New Delhi lifts the bar on the shopping experience and provides a theatrical backdrop to beautiful fashion.

A home of substance via. House of Madison

A home of substance via. House of Madison

Hong Kong has a new shopping experience that will tempt and tantalise. House of Madison has launched and it’s a destination like no other.

This store is the Girlboss of retail experiences

This store is the Girlboss of retail experiences

DesignOffice’s latest project, Mastani, is a retail experience that creates the perfect environment for the serious shopper.

House of Wang by SlowStudio is the beauty of Beijing

House of Wang by SlowStudio is the beauty of Beijing

A new showroom has opened in Beijing that is set to raise the bar on a retail offering like no other in this cosmopolitan city.

What’s ‘place’ got to do with it?

What’s ‘place’ got to do with it?

If not placemaking, what are retail and hospitality design? Design practices Wynk Collaborative and MentahMatter discuss placemaking for customer experience via their own projects.

Studio 10 gets one-up on online shopping in Shenzhen

Studio 10 gets one-up on online shopping in Shenzhen

In Shenzhen, Studio 10 creates a theatre of a shop for Chinese womenswear label Geijoeng that facilitates visual encounters between customers as well as transactions between online and offline environments.

E-comm meets bricks & mortar, at Posti Box

E-comm meets bricks & mortar, at Posti Box

Internet, eat your heart out: bricks & mortar retail and the post office will live to see another day (and some) in Helinski, Finland, thanks to Posti Box.

Burwood Brickworks gives more than it takes

Burwood Brickworks gives more than it takes

In a new era of climate consciousness, what does it mean to be sustainable? Burwood Brickworks puts forward a proposal for development and design that gives more than it takes, environmentally and socially.

An artful twist on the grocery experience

An artful twist on the grocery experience

Sydney-based design studio, Tom Mark Henry reimagines the daily standard of the grocery experience with a fresh, new soul for Harris Farm Markets Mosman.

When Co-Working Applies to a Hair Salon

When Co-Working Applies to a Hair Salon

Recently opened in Melbourne, Chiseled is a hair salon founded on more than design, it also brings in design thinking.

Various Associates brings shock and wonder to retail

Various Associates brings shock and wonder to retail

In China where a majority of people shop online, Various Associates raises the stakes to connect with customers through intense emotion.

Crafting an authentic materiality in retail and hospitality spaces

Crafting an authentic materiality in retail and hospitality spaces

The revival of retail spaces is more prominent now than ever. At a time where clouds of uncertainty loom over the future of physical retail experiences, designers are determined to redefine the way brands engage their customers through memorable and inspiring spaces. And a simplified brick offering makes this possible.

Hedi Slimane’s magnetic, fearless vision of the future seen in Celine’s new flagship Melbourne boutique

Hedi Slimane’s magnetic, fearless vision of the future seen in Celine’s new flagship Melbourne boutique

Celine’s first Australian standalone flagship boutique by creative director Hedi Slimane is a canvas for mercurial design.

Studiopepe is deeply personal

Studiopepe is deeply personal

“We investigate the subjective and objective sensations and experiences linked to colours in order to define the personality of each project,” says Studiopepe co-director Chiara Di Pinto. It’s a personal approach that has garnered the Italian design studio world-wide acclaim.

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.

Akin Atelier’s sensitive touch: CAMILLA & MARC

Akin Atelier’s sensitive touch: CAMILLA & MARC

Customer experience are the words on every retailer’s lips in 2019. Retail design aficionados Akin Atelier show us what a successful customer experience looks like.

Richards & Spence exemplifies tropical vernacular

Richards & Spence exemplifies tropical vernacular

For Ingrid Richards and Adrian Spence, Brisbane is more than just the city they call home – it’s a wellspring of inspiration. The pair reflects on lessons learnt in over a decade spent reshaping the civic identity of the Queensland capital.

Indesign Luminary Mark Landini

Indesign Luminary Mark Landini

Mark Landini is not a man to mince his words. His relationship with retail design is one of practicality and inventiveness. Because there’s no room for ‘experiential’ and ‘fashionable’ design when you’re faced with fickle consumers and a booming e-retail economy.

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.

George Livissianis talks shop on the award-winning Usfin Atelier

George Livissianis talks shop on the award-winning Usfin Atelier

For George Livissianis, good design is more than just aesthetics; it’s about creativity, personality and functionality. Winner of The Shopping Space category at the 2019 INDE.Awards, presented by PGH Bricks & Pavers, George shares the process behind the genderless salon of Usfin Atelier.

Reframing the familiar at Aesop 1Utama

Reframing the familiar at Aesop 1Utama

Farm urges reconsideration of the potential of corrugated metal roofing sheets by adapting the material in inventive ways at Aēsop’s new 1Utama store in Petaling Jaya. The result is meaningful, contextual retail design.

No place like home: Elka Collective by Aplin Creative

No place like home: Elka Collective by Aplin Creative

Word on the street is that independent fashion brands are investing in bricks and mortar once again. A tour through Elka Collective’s new store by Aplin Creative is visually compelling proof that the reports are true.

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.

Getting spicy: Chilli Everest by Architects EAT

Getting spicy: Chilli Everest by Architects EAT

The colours, textures and profiles of Nepal inspired the design of Chilli Everest, creating a sensory and appealing experience for customers.

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.

Creating curved surfaces with ease

Creating curved surfaces with ease

Fine curved surfaces are a hallmark of modern, considered design. Whether for the office, retail, hospitality or more, Staron has you covered.

Online offline: AIM Architecture’s retail journey for Harmay

Online offline: AIM Architecture’s retail journey for Harmay

Designed by AIM Architecture, online cosmetic brand Harmay’s first brick-and-mortar store in Hong Kong is a curious, delightful counterpoint to the transactional straightforwardness of online shopping.

Retail surface solutions for the 21st century

Retail surface solutions for the 21st century

Retail surfaces require a special touch. The demanding world of high traffic retail design needs a hardwearing surface, and Staron is up to the job.

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.

Disruptive retail design for Not Just a Shop

Disruptive retail design for Not Just a Shop

The space works to build an emotional brand connection, steering clear of stereotypical retail clichés.

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.

Get your Motor Running: Motorwagen by KP Architects

Get your Motor Running: Motorwagen by KP Architects

Motorwagen, designed by KP Architects, is a finely tuned venue with materials, craftsmanship and detailing inspired by Mercedes Benz.

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.

The hybrid design approach of Archier’s Caroma on Collins

The hybrid design approach of Archier’s Caroma on Collins

Caroma on Collins by Archier combines a groundbreaking retail offering together with staff offices, all while ensuring a cohesive design resolution.

A cellar door designed to make you shop: Domaine Chandon

A cellar door designed to make you shop: Domaine Chandon

“An exquisite reinvention of the cellar door experience,” was the jury citation on Foolscap Studio’s 2018 INDE.Award-winning Domain Chandon.

A bespoke approach: Infinity Spa by Space Popular

A bespoke approach: Infinity Spa by Space Popular

How do you add emphasis and a point of difference when working with a cookie-cutter building shell? Space Popular created a monochrome backdrop to let a collection of custom furniture visually punch through.

Art installation or retail showroom? Gentle Monster’s latest store pushes the boundaries

Art installation or retail showroom? Gentle Monster’s latest store pushes the boundaries

Sitting at the edge of the avant-garde, the latest store by cult Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster is an exercise in theatre.

Feminine but powerful: Phare Shoes by Christopher Elliott Design

Feminine but powerful: Phare Shoes by Christopher Elliott Design

A tight turnaround did not hamper creativity on this positively electric retail pop-up designed by Christopher Elliott Design.

Light it up: Smart Design Studio’s Optique

Light it up: Smart Design Studio’s Optique

Light and colour are combined with crisp white surfaces to create an eye-catching store for Optique Barangaroo, designed by Smart Design Studio.

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.

Crafting the experience: Onndo’s Shiseido store

Crafting the experience: Onndo’s Shiseido store

Onndo, the collaborative studio of Nendo and Nomura, took an artisanal approach to the spatial design for Shiseido’s flagship store in Tokyo, where macro and micro discoveries await.

Softly, softly at Lonely by Knight Associates

Softly, softly at Lonely by Knight Associates

Here’s a fashion brand that steps away from the retail chorus line, to whisper its story in quiet and intimate tones. Women’s clothing and lingerie label Lonely uses its latest branding touch-point to invite the curious and deliver the unexpected.

Hyper local retail: Aēsop’s latest in Singapore

Hyper local retail: Aēsop’s latest in Singapore

What makes a retail outlet feel local? Aēsop is the master of creating authentic yet idiosyncratic design outlets and the latest to pop in Singapore is no different. Designed by MLKK, AēsopVivoCity Mall uses rattan, cement tiles and lime wash to create a distinct Singaporean domestic vibe.

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.

Celebrating StylecraftHOME: Your new Melbourne design destination

Celebrating StylecraftHOME: Your new Melbourne design destination

StylecraftHOME launched in February 2017 in Sydney with the opening of its first dedicated showroom. Following a quick embrace from the design community, now it’s Melbourne’s turn.

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.

Japanese design – Top 6 places to get your fix

Japanese design – Top 6 places to get your fix

Good Japanese design is more than just an aesthetic – it’s a philosophy, and one beloved the world over. But what if you can’t afford a plane ticket to Tokyo? Here’s where to get your fix locally.

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.

The rise of experience design in retail

The rise of experience design in retail

Retail is the perfect typology for the creation of new experiences. Howard Sullivan, co-founder of YourStudio, shares his insights and some of the practice’s latest projects that are flipping retail on its head.

A lesson in dividing space with Adele Bates

A lesson in dividing space with Adele Bates

When tasked with designing the new retail showroom in Chadstone for Sub-Zero & Wolf, Adele Bates, director of Adele Bates studio, set about dividing the space up with three distinct design personalities.

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.

Shine On, You Crazy Diamond! Prismverse Shanghai By Hong Kong Design Studio XEX

Shine On, You Crazy Diamond! Prismverse Shanghai By Hong Kong Design Studio XEX

When US skincare brand Dr.Jart+ commissioned Hong Kong designers XEX to create an interactive installation in Shanghai, they never could have imagined it would be this remarkable and outrageous.

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.

Tom Dixon Hong Kong: A Curiosity Cabinet For Design

Tom Dixon Hong Kong: A Curiosity Cabinet For Design

World-renowned British designer Tom Dixon officially opens its first flagship store in Hong Kong. We visited this latest gem for design lovers in the city. Here’s what we discovered….

Masters Of Next-Gen Retail: Telstra Discovery Melbourne by Geyer

Masters Of Next-Gen Retail: Telstra Discovery Melbourne by Geyer

What is the value of transparency in the process of design? Does the market care? Do our clients? Is it important in defining what our industry can do, or is it just about recognition from our peers?

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.

Ryan Russell for Crumpler

Ryan Russell for Crumpler

Australian bag company Crumpler enlisted Melbourne-based Ryan Russell to design its new store in Westfield Doncaster.