Cosmetic or Major Surgery: The Case for Retail Facelifts

Retail facelifts are becoming more and more prevalent in the retail sphere. With the renewal of a lease term, rather than gutting a tenancy and starting from scratch there are major benefits for the tenant and the environment in keeping the ‘bones’, and updating or doing a ‘cosmetic’ facelift rather …

The Magic of Collaboration

Collaboration For a project to be successful takes collaboration. It takes a dedicated team of people to take a seed of an idea all the way to a constructed business ready to open for trade. Collaboration creates magic.  Magic is what happens when people come together and work closely to …

Before & After Design Facelift

Before The Retail Design Facelift Medispecs at Robina Town Centre has been operating for about 15 years. There lease was soon up again for renewal and as part of the shopping centre landlord’s agreement was that the shop had to be given a facelift/refurbishment. It had been given a small …

Before & After Facelift – Tutti Frutti

The Call Retail design is never boring. It is always very satisfying when a Client calls me up all excited to thank me for a project I have designed. This happened recently to a Client in Robina Town Centre. They own the Tutti Frutti food court tenancy. It was dark …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …