Art for All

140420_City pyramid_NoaHaim_07Back in April, the municipality of Haifa, Israel, partnered with Haifa City Museum to sponsor a one-day installation by Dutch designer and architect Noa Haim. “Every City Needs a HEART-Board Pyramid” features Haim’s signature foldable cardboard triangles that come together to create a hand-made pyramid in front of the museum.

Museum-goers had the opportunity to fold, unfold, construct and deconstruct the triangles into many different configurations. Children of all ages engaged with the art to make forts, balls and other structures to play creatively.

Notwithstanding the impermanence of the exhibit itself, Rotterdam-based Haim seems to delight in people destroying her idea of what her art should be and making it their own. Continue reading →

SEE & Be SEEN San Francisco-Style at CitySCENE!

waterbarWe’re baaack! This a networking event you don’t want to miss—design:retail’s CitySCENE networking event is returning to San Francisco this month to bring you a taste of cocktails and conversation with like-minded peers in the retail design industry!

Mark your calendars for the evening of Tuesday, May 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will take place at the infamous Waterbar restaurant located at 399 The Embarcadero South, which is a trendy spot known for its panoramic views of the Bay and San Francisco skyline. The event is free and open to interns and junior designers on up, as design:retail wants to bring together all levels of industry experience. Continue reading →

Larger Than Life

Caribou Coffee Mall of America EventCompanies are constantly finding creative new ways to amp up their marketing efforts, and Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee Co. Inc. recently turned its dial to 11. To promote its new “Real Inspiration Blend,” Caribou created an enormous “Living Pinterest Board” in partnership with the Minneapolis’ Mall of America and Colle+McVoy, the coffee company’s advertising agency of record. The five-story, interactive billboard was composed of two mega screens that displayed images submitted by Caribou enthusiasts to help the company develop the “Real Inspiration Blend.”

The Living Pinterest Board was displayed the week of Valentine’s Day in the Mall of America Rotunda, but Caribou Coffee fans worldwide could participate in the fun by sharing their favorite inspirational photos on Instagram and Twitter using #Caribouinspires, which would then automatically upload to the Living Pinterest Board. Continue reading →

And the Best in Show Booth Winner Goes to…

6 BEST IN SHOW-Bierson CorpThe editors of design:retail magazine have selected Bierson Corp. as the winner of the Best in Show Booth Award for GlobalShop 2014. Located in the Store Fixturing Show pavilion (Booth 643), the booth featured a house-of-cards theme, with the “houses” constructed with pieces of
BioSurf, a new material made from soy and corn that allows retailers to create design concepts using custom digital imagery integrated into
laminated surfaces. The colorful and creative booth design was fun and whimsical, with bonus points for being made with sustainable materials!

Additionally, several other booths received Outstanding Booth Awards. Check them out below!


Sound Bites from GlobalShop

show floorBefore the Retail Roundtable earlier today, this Retail Design Diva had the privilege of speaking with some VIP Retailers about GlobalShop 2014.

Many were excited about the informative conference sessions being held throughout the week. “I thought the keynote this year was fantastic and really set the tone for the whole tradeshow,” said Jane Jones, visual merchandising manager for Wild Birds Unlimited. “The thing that really struck a chord—and many things did—was Kip Tindell’s message about letting people use their intuition more in the work place.”

Michael Solis, creative director of show planning for Neiman Marcus, also was excited to be at the show. Continue reading →