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Looking For Retail Design Inspiration? These Concepts Stores Have Got What You Need

As a business owner, staying up to date with retail design trends isn’t always easy. The trends and fashion are always changing, and brands with big design budgets are constantly changing what people look for in their shopping experience. However, if you’re looking for cool and quirky design ideas to incorporate into your retail space, there’s no better place to look than in concept stores.

What are Concept Stores?

A concept store is defined as a retail space that uses new and innovative concepts to enhance their shopper’s experience. High-end brands are well known for designing top of the range concept stores to promote their high ticket items. Whilst concept stores can be expensive to pull off, they offer a great marketing opportunity for brands to show off their products in the chicest way possible. As small business owners, creating a concept store would be basically impossible, however, smaller retail brands can look to these stores for design inspiration and tips.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful concept stores to check out if you’re in search to for style inspiration.

1. No Youth Control

No Youth Control is a brand which focuses on the idea that age itself is a concept and everyone can stay young. Their concept store in Paris perfectly encapsulates this idea with its color schemes and decor. Not only are clothes and products strung up on nostalgic pieces like playground slides, but it also has a quirkily childish color scheme which adds to the youthful aesthetic. If you’re looking to create a fun and playful style in your store, No Youth Control would be the store to check out.

2. 33 New Road

33 New Road is a concept store in Britains trendiest city – London. The store is housed in a converted Georgian townhouse, in keeping with its British location. When you enter the store, you’re greeted by a selection of carefully selected decorative pieces that feel as though you’re in a modern art gallery with a difference. The whole concept was created by the clothing store Hostem, but it is really much more than a clothes shop. All of the art and decoratives are also on sale, and you can even book a stay in the super cool house conversion overnight or for long stays  

3. Barber and Parlour

Barber and Parlour is a converted warehouse concept store presented by the luxury British brand, Soho House Company. The concept store really is a one-stop shop for any activities that might take your fancy. Inside the stylish warehouse, you can purchase Soho House company products.

But that’s not all, the building also houses a nail parlour, barbers shop, and cafe where you can buy in-house cold-pressed juices. You can also kick back and relax in their basement movie theatre, ‘Electric Cinema’. Aside from all it’s luxury amenities, Barber and Parlour sports a sleek and modern design that is good inspiration for anyone looking to inject some minimalist class into their store.  

4. Stylenanda Pink Hotel

Stylenanda is a Korean brand the offers a range of cosmetics, fashion items and accessories. If you’re looking for anything girly Stylenanda is the place to go. In keeping which their girly theme, Stylenanda opened the Stylenanda pink hotel in Seoul.

Sticking out from the high-street, the giant pink building has the look and feel of a luxury spa hotel, but it’s pink! The store includes a cafe for relaxing and getting an Instagram worthy picture and six floors of shopping and recreation spaces. Stylenanda does a great job of utilizing a strong color like pink making it a good store to check out if you’re looking to use bright colors in your designs.

5. Graanmarkt 13

If you’re looking to incorporate a hip modern feel into an unconventional space then Graanmarkt 13 could be great inspiration. The store converts a traditional Antwerp townhouse into a homely but modern 6-floor concept space.

Aside from the first-floor retail space, the building also hosts a gallery, event space and super cool restaurant with an award-winning chef. Whilst it might not be possible to open a restaurant in your space, Graanmarkt 13 still has some enviable design elements that are worth checking out.

 

So there you have it, 5 awesome stores that are sure to have you overflowing with design inspiration. It’s worth noting that there are hundreds, if not thousands of cool concept stores across the world which are worth checking out if your keen to learn more.

How Proper Lighting Can be Used to Boost Sales

If you’re the owner or manager of a retail store, office, or any other customer-facing business premise, you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about how the look and feel of your store can impact sales.

And you were right to. Studies show that the design of a store can dramatically influence customer behavior. It can potentially boost sales and make your business more profitable, which is why so many retail owners invest in shopfitting services.

But what you might not have known is that lighting is potentially just as important as other design elements, like fixtures, displays, and store layout. It’s a crucial part of the shopfitting process that is key to the overall success of the fit out.

To help you understand why, we’ve put together this guide on how proper lighting can be used to boost sales.

Why Lighting is Important in Retail Premises

According to a 2015 study by Lux, in-store increases the average spend per customer. How? Well, the study posited that lighting helps to guide customers through your retail store, thereby helping direct your customers to products and making them more likely to spend more money.

Some retailers have reported significant increases in sales after changing their lighting scheme. Zumbotel, for example – a fashion retailer based in Germany – reported a 12% increase in sales following a renovation in which they introduced lighting designed to better appeal to their target market.

It’s not just about guiding your customers through your store, either. It’s also about creating an atmosphere that makes your customers more likely to buy your products. Depending on your brand, this may mean instilling a sense of calm, fun, excitement, or something else entirely.

Let’s move on to look at the different types of lighting and their usage in shopfitting.

4 Different Types of Lighting

We can broadly categorize lighting into 4 different categories:

  • Ambient lighting
  • Accent lighting
  • Task lighting
  • Decorative lighting

Ambient lighting is the main lighting of the store. How bright or dim to have this lighting will depend on the mood you’re trying to evoke. You have to be careful to walk a fine line between too dim and too bright. Too bright and you risk giving your customers a headache and making them feel too ‘in the spotlight’. Too dim and they may not be able to see your products clearly or read the price tags.

Accent lighting is lighting that breaks up the overall lighting of your store in order to draw attention to specific areas. Remember how we mentioned that lighting can be used to ‘guide your customers through your store?’. Well, accent lighting is a key part of that. You can use it to highlight certain promotional products to push your customers towards it. You can also use it in window displays and entranceways in order to get customers through the door.

Task lighting is less for customers and more for the staff. Rather than being used to create a certain ambiance, task lighting serves a very functional purpose. That is, to allow you to see better. For example, it may be used in checkout areas so that your cashiers can see their tills more easily. It can also be used to highlight signs to make them more readable, and in fitting rooms to help customers see their outfits better.

Decorative lighting is the polar opposite of task lighting. It serves no functional purpose and is all about visual appeal. It’s intended to beautify your store and invoke an ambiance. For example, let’s imagine that you were trying to encourage customers to make a seasonal purchase. You may want to evoke feelings of nostalgia reminiscent of the Christmas period by using strings of small, ‘christmassy’ lights

General Tips for Choosing Lighting for Your Store

A good shopfitter will take time to understand your store, customers, and brand personality in order to devise the best lighting for your store. However, if you’d rather do it yourself, here are some general tips for choosing store lighting:

  • Start by choosing a ‘temperature’ of lighting. Dimmer, redder lighting creates a ‘warmer’ temperature that can help to create an impression of familiarity with your customers and make the space seem smaller. Brighter, whiter lighting creates a ‘cooler’ temperature that can make the space seem larger and more professional.
  • Aim for variety. Do a wide mixture of different types of light fixtures and experiment with alternative lighting sources, such as neon fixtures.
  • Consider energy. This is more of an economic consideration than a design one, but it’s equally important. You want to make sure your lighting uses the amount of energy you expect. If you’re aiming to be energy efficient, less is more.

How Experts Can Help Your Commercial or Retail Refurbishment

When launching or refurbishing a shop, store owners often feel it’s best to tackle the project alone. Bringing in experts, some think, can detract from their vision. In reality, however, most stores will greatly benefit from expert help, and shopfitters and refurbishment experts can help make the change as effective as possible. Here are a few of the reasons why experts are work consulting along the way.

Clarifying Your Vision

Envisioning your dream store is a great way to get started with a refurbishment. When it comes to putting a plan in action, however, complications almost inevitably arise. Details matter, and experts can work with you through all the elements your refurbishment will need. It’s easy to overlook small but critical details along the way, and problems that arise can compromise your vision or lead to much higher costs. Working with experts ensures you can meet your goals and achieve your perfect store.

Making Your Vision More Effective

Preparing a store is an art, but there is a considerable amount of science involved in the process. Psychological studies have given invaluable insight into what helps impress customers and sell products, and hiring an expert will grant your access to decades of research. In nearly all cases, these changes won’t interfere with your vision for your store, but they can help you make decisions about the implementation process. Refurbishment experts will work with you to find the ideal way to combine your vision with best practices.

Cutting Costs

There’s a reason why so many people work with refurbishment experts: The money they help you save is typically far less than the cost it takes to hire expert help. As with most fields, navigating the market for supplies and other products is a skill that takes time and experience to master, and these cost savings can be passed on to you, allowing you to use your money in more important areas. After working with an expert, you might find that you can achieve even more ambitious plans than you originally envisioned.

Space Efficiency

In most cases, shop owners can’t realistically expand their store while remaining in the same space, so using your space the right way is essential for making the most of your investments. There’s been a considerable amount of study into how to make the best use of limited space, and experts can share this information with you to craft your perfect store. Furthermore, experts have ample experience working with stores of all shapes and sizes, and their expertise can give you ideas you’ve never considered before.

Setting a Timeline

Refurbishments are notorious for taking longer than anticipated. As the owner of a shop, time spent on refurbishment can lead to fewer sales, potentially causing significant financial pressure. By working with professionals, you can better craft a timeline for your refurbishment and better plan out the process. Furthermore, you can even break your refurbishment into discrete stages, allowing you to keep your store up and running while refurbishment phases are underway. Even being able to stay open an extra day or two can cover the cost of hiring an expert to begin with.

Stay Within Regulations

Accessibility laws help ensure everyone can access stores, but these laws can be notoriously complex. It’s easy to run afoul of these requirements while refurbishing your store, which can possibly lead to fines. Furthermore, violations will need to be rectified, and this can lead you to have to revamp your design at a potentially high cost. Experts understand these laws and can point to where your vision needs to be tweaked in order to remain compliant. This expertise also ensures your store is accessible, so everyone who wants to visit is able to do so safely.

Preparing for the Future

Fads come and go, but there are always future changes store owners need to keep an eye on. Your networking infrastructure, for example, might become key for customers in the future. Refurbishment experts keep track of these changes and develop the judgement to know which changes are likely to be relevant in the future. A bit of preparation can go a long way to future-proofing your store, and working with professionals is essential for properly preparing.

Working with refurbishment experts doesn’t require you to change your vision. On the contrary, they provide the feedback and framework you need to bring your vision to life. If you have any questions about how refurbishment expertise can help in your store’s launch or redesign, make sure to get in touch with refurbishment experts to learn more.

4 Subtle Influences That Could Be Affecting Your Shopfitting Design

Shopfitters Sunshine CoastHuman beings love to feel superior to the Natural World that surrounds us. We have an awful lot to be proud of, having fought our way from being snacks for saber-tooth tigers to being the kings and queens of all we survey.

Sometimes, we have a tendency to come off like New Money in an established affluent community. We love to show off what we know, and what we have, to show how far we’ve come.

While we have good reasons to be proud, we also run the risk of forgetting where we come from. We are as affected by our surroundings as any robin, cicada, or chimpanzee, even though we don’t always like to admit it.

Every living thing, as a byproduct of staying alive, follows its own circadian rhythm, which tells us when to eat, when to sleep, when to feel happy, when to get nervous. These cues are dictated by our environment, with the rise and the fall of the seasons. Since we don’t live as close to nature as we once did, these factors can slip into the background, escaping our notice, but having an influence on our moods and thoughts, nonetheless.

Here are four subtle factors that could be affecting your storefront, to watch out for:

Use White, Natural Lighting

Let’s not forget, the first rule of shopfitting is presenting the product in its most attractive light. In this case, that is quite literal. It is tempting to utilize some kind of colored light, in an attempt to sway your customers’ moods, but that plan could backfire, once they take their product home to discover it as a different color than what they intended to purchase. That’s not to say you can’t use mood-altering as an accent. Red-hued lights tend to energize, while blue lights radiate calmness and serenity. Blue/green trim can also be used to give a more futuristic look to a space.

A Colorful Facade Can Grab Attention

On a similar note, the color of a storefront can greatly impact a potential customer’s mood, when they cross the threshold. As everyone’s been ravenously exploring the possibilities of color theory in the 21st Century, this has led to a certain amount of bright, bold overkill. A bright storefront or an illuminated exterior can make your customer feel excited and positive, while browsing your wares, but it’s easy to overdo, to become chintzy and cheap-looking.

“Cool” Colors Are Getting Cooler

A color’s temperature is measured in Kelvins, indicating the likely source of the light. Traditionally, temperatures greater than 5000 Kelvin are considered “cool” colors, while Kelvin temperatures between 2700 and 3500 are considered “warm” (appearing yellowish white and red). As our eyes have become more acclimated to the blue glow of technology, our idea of what constitutes cool is shifting. 2700 Kelvins is the new cool.

Watch Out For Flicker

It’s easy to have smooth, consistent light when running at 100% capacity, but dimmer switches tend to make that operation a bit more tricky. This can lead to a buzzing, flickering, low-light-level LED, which is pretty much the polar opposite of the calming effect you’d hope modern lighting would achieve.

Are you ready for truly exception retail design, from some of the Sunshine Coast’s leading shopfitters? Contact us today, and let us help your storefront really sparkle and shine!

Check Out The Retail Innovations From Retail Design Expo 2016

Shopfitters Sunshine Coast News2016 stands to be the year when the digital and the physical come together, to bring customers the best, most optimized consumer experience, judging from the top innovations on display at this year’s Retail Design Expo.

2016 saw the first year where the most excellent, cutting-edge retail designs were honored, in the inaugural edition of the Innovation Trail and Awards.

A panel of industry professionals came together to shortlist 18 innovative designs, giving a good general overview of what this year’s top shopfitting trends might look like.

For instance, a lot of retailers are adopting VM Technology from Icomeme, which brings together the brick-and-mortar and the virtual for customers who have downloaded the app. The app alerts shoppers to sales in the store, within 30 m, with detailed product information, sale prices, and even be guided directly to the display. VM Technology from Icomeme makes the best of technology, functioning somewhere between a circular ad, minus the annoying (and wasteful) paper, a push notification from your favorite app, and an immersive, interactive physical retail experience.

The VM Technology also allows customers to store their favorite outfits, for future consideration, in a style similar to popular sites like LookBook and Polyvore.

Some trends we’ve been seeing for a while continue to be important, particularly green shopfitting solutions. The company Global Display is tackling this problem head-on, with a line of sustainable mannequins (pictured at top of article), constructed using natural fibre-reinforced polymers and patented production technique, for a distinctive new type of display.

Shopfitting Innovations from Retail Design Expo 2016In another bid to reduce paper and carbon imprint, Umdasch Shopfitting revealed their Electronic Shelf Labeling system. It is to Umdesch’s credit that their design manages to look both futuristic AND classic, with crisp, colorful graphics conjuring images of an old-fashioned marketplace, but with all of today’s best bells-and-whistles.

Judging from these three cutting-edge designs, shoppers are ready to get out of the house for some face time and fresh.

Are you ready to take advantage of the foot traffic? Contact us today, and see what some of the Sunshine Coast’s leading shopfitters can do for you!

Not looking for a whole overhaul, but want to keep your storefront in tip-top shape? We also offer a wide range of commercial building maintenance services for the Sunshine Coast.

Inspiring Shopfitting Designs: Simon Campbell Of Belfast’s Portview

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Retail, at its heart, is all about coming together. Initially, the shopkeeper’s vision comes together with a talented crew of behind-the-scenes operators – all the decorators and electricians and architects conspiring to make this dream come true. Then, after the launch, it becomes the customer’s domain. People will meet up in the store before going out for lunch. People will meet and fall in love there. New businesses will be formed. New ideas will be hatched.

In this regard, a shopfitter like PortView‘s fit-out specialist Simon Campbell, falls somewhere between a party planner, a therapist, a structural engineer, and a seer.

“Collaboration between all the specialists on a fit-out project is essential. No project can succeed unless the professionals work together to realise the retailer’s investment and bring the designer’s vision for outlet to life on time, on budget and to a quality standard,” as Campbell told Retail-Focus.co.uk recently.

At times, Campbell’s work is more like installation art than shopfitting, such as Campbell’s work at the Fortnum & Mason’s beauty floor, pictured at the top of the article. Campbell’s team savored the opportunity to preserve F&M’s wide-open floor plan, with a bright and airy look. Keeping things open was one of the major challenges, which PortView’s team of shopfitters negotiated by keeping all of the shop’s activities behind hoardings, preserving the minimalist aesthetic.

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A custom chandelier would prove to be the other most significant challenge facing the shopfitters – a challenge over which they clearly triumphed. Despite the lightweight, steel-and-chrome design, there is some heavy lifting going on, with a steel grid beneath the ceiling, supporting the massive chandelier, which also boasts an innovative control system.

Speaking of the future of shopfitting, Andy Shaw from the retail services group Styles&Wood spoke on the rising trend of e-commerce and physical retail working hand-in-hand, “The convergence between e-commerce and brick and mortar stores, as part of the continued drive by retailers to hone their omnichannel strategies, is placing new demands on fit-out contracts. In addition to the increasing need to integrate click and collect points, more retailers are encouraging customers to browse online offers while in-store – helping to mitigate against the showrooming phenomenon. This, coupled with a need to maximise service lines in smaller shops as the trend to favour convenience stores rather than out-of-town superstores continues, is seeing rising demand for tablet and desktop devices to be featured in prominent locations in shops.’

If you’re ready to see how shopfitters can help your Sunshine Coast business bring their visions to life, to create a truly exemplary customer experience, contact us today!

How Shopfitting Can Help Your Retail Business Grow

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With Physical Retail Back On The Rise, Shopfitting Will Play An Important Part In The Coming Year

Physical retailers have had a hard time of it, in the new millennium. 2013 saw half as much foot traffic in brick-and-mortar storefronts, according to ShopperTrak. The times they are a-changin’, as they say, as can be seen from the fact that Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, has opened a physical storefront in Seattle, WA.

Whether it’s ease and convenience your customers are after, or the need for community in an increasingly digital world, brick-and-mortar storefronts are ready for a comeback!

Are you ready to capture this new traffic? Shopfitting your sunshine coast business ensures you’re ready to impress, by delivering the ultimate customer experience.

Growing Your Storefront With Custom Shopfitting

While we all may be getting a bit burnt out on e-commerce, online shopping has permanently and irrevocably altered our expectations, when it comes to making purchases. Customers expect an exceptional aesthetic experience, with custom lighting and interior design, which become extensions of your brand identity.

A lot of business owners don’t realize the powerful branding of the physical space. We are sensory beings, after all, and memories associated with sights, sounds, and smells are going to stand out from a bunch of anonymous letters on a screen.

Shopfitters In The Sunshine Coast Can Revitalize Your Physical Storefront By:

      1. Rejuvenating Your Brand Image: The increasing tendency to get out of the house, to go and wander in search of legitimate physical experience means your brick-and-mortar storefront is primed to receive a bunch of fresh eyes and ears. You’ll be welcoming back your loyal customers, as well. A shopfitting overhaul announces to new and old customers alike that you’re back in action, up with the times, and ready for the future.
      2. Pure Class: Customers of all walks of life have come to expect a world-class shopping experience, no matter where they’re going or what they’re doing. We all expect the royal spa treatment, no matter whether we’re buying avocados or a plasma TV. Upgrade your shopfitting to give them the world-class retail experience they crave.
      3. Increase The Amount Of Time Spent In-Store: Customers will want to hang out in your brand-new, elegant storefront all day long. More browsing means more impressions, more brand loyalty, more word-of-mouth referrals and, ultimately, more sales.
      4. Easy Location: We’re all used to being able to find what we want, quickly and immediately, usually without having to ask for help. Anticipate this need with an easy-to-navigate layout that will make your customers feel right at home, even if they don’t know why.

Want to find out more how shopfitting can help your Sunshine Coast retail business grow? Contact us today to find out more!