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.

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…

Designing for the 5 Senses

Designing for the 5 Senses

In an omnichannel world, multi-sensory environments can create more than just a place to shop or stay; these can be places where the customer can fully experience a brand, gain a 360-degree view of the offering, and better discover how a brand aligns with their identity and lifestyle.

Made for You: Customisation in Retail

Made for You: Customisation in Retail

We all want something different these days. Why have a carbon copy when you can have something that’s been personalised to suit you?

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?

Sustainable Building Projects: the Rise of Floating Architecture

Sustainable Building Projects: the Rise of Floating Architecture

Floating architecture has become more significant over recent years, due to increasing problems resulting from a shortage of development sites, leading to building in flood-prone regions...

Things Organised Neatly: Knolling and Its Place in Design

Things Organised Neatly: Knolling and Its Place in Design

The term 'knolling' was first coined by Andrew Kromelow, a Janitor who worked at Frank Gehry’s furniture fabrication shop back in 1987.