Manchester, Home of the Cagoule

Manchester, Home of the Cagoule

A few weeks ago saw the doors open to Patagonia’s first brand destination in the UK. Their move follows that of fellow outdoor brand Fjallraven, the Swedish label having also selected Manchester as the location for its first UK store. So why Manchester? It has a reputation for being cold and wet and has a strong tradition of big coat culture….makes perfect sense.

Outsiders - A Sustainable Story

Outsiders - A Sustainable Story

Last week we were invited to give a talk at BRE about sustainable retail design. BRE is a world leading multi-disciplinary building science centre with a mission to improve the built environment through research and knowledge generation.

A Lesson in History: When Old Buildings Get a New Lease of Life

A Lesson in History: When Old Buildings Get a New Lease of Life

Seeing the very latest in leading-edge design thinking for interiors is always exciting and can be a real boost to creativity, but there is also something really inspirational about the way that good design can breathe new life into older buildings needing refurbishment.

Has Technology Completely Changed the Face of Design?

Has Technology Completely Changed the Face of Design?

The digital revolution has made a huge impact on the design industry - there’s no denying that.

What Makes Good Office Design?

What Makes Good Office Design?

When considering an office design brief, it’s important to know how the layout and style of a workplace can affect the people that work within it.

Design: It's All in the Details

Design: It's All in the Details

In design, there’s always a big picture - an over-arching concept that drives the whole process. But success can only be fully achieved by properly executing every single aspect of the overall vision.

Back to School: Designing for the Education Sector

Back to School: Designing for the Education Sector

As we welcome September, themes of ‘back to school’ are dominating the media and the product offering and messaging of different businesses, organisations and brands.

Does Design Have the Power to Influence Wellness and Promote Better Health?

Does Design Have the Power to Influence Wellness and Promote Better Health?

Understanding how our workplaces or homes influence our health is essential to good design…

What Can Environmental Graphic Design Do for You?

What Can Environmental Graphic Design Do for You?

Often, businesses and organisations don’t fully understand what environmental graphic design covers. So what is it, and how can it benefit a business?

Opening a Bar or Restaurant? Don't Forget These 6 Things

Opening a Bar or Restaurant? Don't Forget These 6 Things

You’ve got a great idea for a bar or restaurant that you want to open, you’ve even found a site that you think will be ideal - but how do you turn that dream into a reality?

Changing the Game: the Future of Sports Retail

Changing the Game: the Future of Sports Retail

In this interview post, our MD, Jason West, discusses the future of sports retail and how the big sportswear names are changing the game.

The Third Place: Designing for Human Nature

The Third Place: Designing for Human Nature

Nowadays, the idea of 'The Third Place' applies to more than just coffee shops. But where did this concept come from, and what is its place in design today?