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Turning Ideas Into Gold

Home Sweet Home As many of you already know, I have been on a 6 month sabbatical last year walking from London to Jerusalem. It was inspiring to come back late last year and visit a project I was working on before I left at Westfield Chermside. Even after over 18 years in the retail design industry it is always exciting to see ideas turned into bricks and mortar. I am still amazed at the whole process of how we all work together as a team to create something that... Read The Rest →

Breathtakingly Beautiful Business: Building Success Through Care & Respect

Breathtakingly beautiful businesses don’t just ‘happen’. They are designed and built that way through deep respect, care and attention to detail to others. A couple of weeks ago I had this epiphany when I went to visit a Client I had designed their new cafe in Westfield Helensvale. I hadn’t seen her for 6 months as I had been overseas on my epic walk from London to Jerusalem. I went to see Donna to find out how she and her business were going and see the completed fit out. I... Read The Rest →

Breaking The Rules Of Retail Design

   Shopping centres have stringent retail design regulations in order to ensure a consistent customer experience. These regulations ensures that the shopping centre maintains a quality of finish throughout the centre. Recently, we completed a cafe design that broke these rules in order to find a solution to an area of the shopping centre that has never ‘worked’. The Strand at Coolangatta The Strand at Coolangatta has been recently redeveloped. It once was called Showcase On The Beach and was a tired centre. Many of the tenancies were closed and... Read The Rest →

Quiet Design

Quiet Design Quiet design is design that is pared down and subtle. It isn’t loud and garish. It doesn’t scream ‘look at me’. It is humble yet quietly confident. It speaks little but delivers volumes. Counter-Intuitive Design Quiet design in a retail environment is counter-intuitive. With businesses screaming for customers spend it makes sense that those that ‘shout the loudest’ should win. Yet this isn’t always the case. Often those who do scream the loudest often begin to look and feel the same. If everyone is shouting it is often... Read The Rest →

Box & Barrel New Concept Store Opens

Box & Barrel at Westfield Garden City is officially open for trade! Below are some images of the shop being stocked for the grand opening. The images that you see here are of the new concept Box & Barrel. It takes the brand from DFO Outlet discount stores to mainstream retail shopping centre experience. The brand has been given an image upgrade in order to attract a new clientele in shopping centres. Box & Barrel aim to attract a customer looking for quality kitchenware at great prices. The fittings and... Read The Rest →

Design Alchemy – transforming ideas into gold

Design Alchemy It is always an exciting moment to see what not long ago was just a mere though, an idea, be transformed into reality. What I am talking about is the magic of design. Design takes ideas and through a process commits them to paper. Then it is the network of people and their skills from leasing agents, retail design managers, operations managers, shopfitters and trades that bring thoughts to life. It is alchemy at work. Above is a 3D rendering of the proposed Box & Barrel store at... Read The Rest →

Burger’d Store # 4 – Still Servin’ It Up Hot

There From The Start Burger’d is a franchise that we have been part of the creation from the very beginning. Arundel was the very first store. We have been involved with branding and messaging to the interior design. We were even involved the taste testing of the product (always really good to be very passionate about the product – what better way then to test out the product! 🙂 It is always great to be involved with a new business from its inception. This allows us to develop a clear... Read The Rest →

Box & Barrel Branding Retail Design Upgrade 2.0

Box & Barrel 2.0 We were approached by the owner of Box & Barrel Homewares to help take their brand into the mainstream shopping centres. The business which currently has one outlet in Victoria and one in Queensland is about to expand by opening their first shopping centre store in Westfield Garden City. This has required an upgrade for this quality homewares discount store in order to go from factory outlet to mainstream retail. Good retail design can help make the transition in any business needed to appeal to a... Read The Rest →

Latest Restaurant Design – Nam An Vietnamese

Our latest restaurant design, Nam An Vietnamese at Tweed City Shopping Centre is fast approaching completion. This new Vietnamese restaurant is part of the Tweed City redevelopment which has seen the edition of an outdoor dining precinct to the shopping centre. It Starts With A Vision Any business begins with a vision and our role at Retail Design Lab is to help bring that vision to life. By engaging us and our years of experience we can turn your idea and passion into something even greater than you may have... Read The Rest →

The Hidden Oasis

The new Crema Espresso at Pacific Fair is a hidden oasis that is quickly taking shape. The shop fit is almost complete with new awnings, a Crema Kids play area, and finishing touches still to go. Below you will find some images of the cafe. The design of the cafe was in keeping with tropical feel of the Pacific Fair redevelopment. The site lended itself to this feel because of its outdoor location. The simply white and natural palette together with tropical greens give the cafe a freshness. Because of... Read The Rest →

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