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A Modern Taste of India

Divya Indian in the food court at Robina Town Centre captures the essence of Indian cuisine without being cliched and predictable. Instead, what has been designed is a modern, fresh interpretation of India with reflective polished brass finishes, natural light timber and perforated plywood, and white marble. Divya Indian has a fresh natural feel with influences being the Taj Mahal softness meets a touch of Bollywood bling and brashness. The natural textured finishes create a warmth and a neutral backdrop to the stars of the design – the brightly coloured... Read The Rest →

How A Retail Designer Can Bring Ideas To Life

The beauty of being a retail designer is the ability to be able to take ideas and bring them to life. Vision Sometimes Clients come to us with a clear vision of what they want. More often than not however, many just know for instance that they want to open up a cafe in a specific location and not much more. This is where we come in and coax that little seed of an idea and help it grow. Recently we were commissioned to design a cafe in Southport on... Read The Rest →

Under Construction: RA Quality Meats Birtinya

It never ceases to amaze me watching a shop under construction. For what seems like forever (it is often no more than a couple of weeks), it seems that little is happening. Yet it is at these beginning stages that the foundation for the fit out are being laid. Not literally the foundations, but like  house, the infrastructure is being laid. Good Foundations In the beginning stages we see plumbing being installed, walls and ceilings being constructed, electrical work being carried out, floors being waterproofed, floor finishes installed, and wall... Read The Rest →

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 than ‘major’ surgery. I see this trend continuing into 2019 as shopping centre Landlords find it necessary to provide terms that keep good tenants at the end of their existing lease. With the high costs of re-fitting a tenancy, ... Read The Rest →

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 bring a vision to life. The images on this page are of Box & Barrel at Robina Town Centre prior to hand over to the client for stocking prior to opening. Through collaboration between everyone from myself the designer,... Read The Rest →

Before & After Retail Design Facelift – Medispecs Robina

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 facelift 5 years prior but it was time for a major visual overhaul. After The Facelift Retail Design The tenant had a tight budget that didn’t match what the Centre’s expectations were so we had to be clever. The shopping... Read The Rest →

Before & After Retail Design Facelift – Tutti Frutti Robina Case Study

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 and dated and its position made it difficult for customers to see as they entered the food court. Accident On top of this, they had closed down for a few weeks as there was an accident in a tenancy upstairs... 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 →

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