Camper Store by Tokujin Yoshioka, London – UK

25 March 2011 by retail design blog No comments »

A new store for shoe brand Camper designed by Tokujin Yoshioka will open in Regent Street, London later this month. The store will feature a wall covered in folded artificial red suede, a development of an installation Yoshioka created for Italian funiture brand Moroso in New York in 2007, which used folded tissue. The chairs shown here, which also use the tissue technique, are Yoshioka’s Bouquet chair for Moroso.

Thermo-Pad

24 March 2011 by retail design blog No comments »

A sodium-acetate solution and a small metal disc enclosed in a pouch of flexible PVC —the user flexes the disc, and the pouch releases instant heat (54°C).The technology is simple.The substance inside the pouch, which has a freezing

Thalweg

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A successful marriage of artisanal furniture making and the precision of digital tools gives flat wood surfaces a sculptural dimension.

Synthetix

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As a manufacturer specializing in new plastic fabrics, foams and gels, Synthetix and its various consultants focus on materials well suited to the needs of architects and designers.

Supracor / Stimulite Honeycomb

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In the past, honeycomb structures have been used primarily to create strong, lightweight products. Supracor aerospace honeycomb, made from thermoplastic elastomers, has a soft, flexible feel that makes it intriguing and fun.

Riverstone

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Riverstone panels are composed of graded river-bed pebbles encased in a transparent, polymerized resin.

Optic Mesh

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Optic mesh is a translucent woven material that combines plastic with light-diffusing glass fibres and stranded stainless-steel wire.

Nanogel

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Nanogel, also known as Blue Smoke, is a feather-light silicon aerogel.This solid, translucent, blue-tinged substance is 97% vacuum and 3% amorphous silicon. Initial, highly specialized applications limited the product mainly to the aerospace industry.

MetalTextile

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These top-quality woven textiles feature metallic yarns containing stainless-steel, copper, enamelled copper, bronze, tin, gold and so forth — interwoven with yarns of silicone, linen, wool and other fibres.

LightBlocks

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Looking tender but acting tough, LightBlocks are large, coloured plastic panels based on the technique used to laminate glass.

Kapipane

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Kapipane panels begin as large blocks composed of thin, extruded acrylic or polycarbonate tubes welded side by side, in parallel.

ForMetal

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Providing a great opportunity for DIY enthusiasts, ForMetal is aluminium sheeting marked with perforated patterns that allow the designer or hobbyist to transform a two-dimensional piece of metal into a 3-D object with a smooth, attractive surface. Completed objects can be covered, if desired, with various materials, including ForMetal Flexorit.

FiltroCell

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Made from open-cell polyurethane foam, as its name suggests, Filtrocell is used for air and water filtration, in the automotive industry and as a host surface for micro organisms in aquariums.

B-GON

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These 100% polypropylene structures, which look a bit like elaborate fashion accessories, are actually highly effective filter pads. Available in a variety of mesh sizes, the layered pads are used to trap droplets produced by all sorts of liquids. B-GON’s primary application is industrial filtration, but a clever designer will spot the aesthetic potential of this product in the blink of an eye.

Belly / Bullfrog Skin / Rumen

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Rumen. Belly leather. Bullfrog skin. Currently available in limited quantities only from Brazil, these intriguing skins are the result of an environmentally friendly tanning process.

Luceplan

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Incredibly light and easy to assemble, Hope represents the magic of traditional lamps, reinterpreting them with sophisticated technologies and contemporary materials.

Display 1

21 March 2011 by retail design blog No comments »


Gone but never forgotten!! From the files of yesteryears we recall these swim suit windows that were especially admired—and talked about. Sure! Some of the bathing suits may be dated but the presentation concepts are still valid and ready to be adapted to new uses with newer merchandise in today’s windows.

Kvadrat, London

08 March 2011 by retail design blog No comments »

Kvadrat Showrrom London

One of Peter Saville’s recent projects with perhaps less cult appeal than his seminal record covers, but definitely no less verve for anyone with an eye for design, is his consultancy for Danish textile giants Kvadrat. Over the last five years he’s tweaked the graphic identity of the family-run company, gently and always appropriately updating the brand for a new generation of fabric fanatics.