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Lighting expert Jill Entwistle reports from the massive project that is Crossrail on the lighting challenges encountered on the 100km-long scheme
Retail has had three phases, according to Katelijn Quartier, who heads the Retail Design Laboratory at Hasselt University in Belgium. ‘In Retail 1.0, the manufacturer was in charge and no designer was needed. Retail 2.0 was a phase where the retailer was in charge but hired an architect or interior architect to design the store following the brand’s or retailer’s ideas,’ she wrote in Retail Design, Theoretical Perspectives (Routledge). We have entered ‘Retail 3.0, a time when the customer is more and more in charge… This asks for much more from a designer than to translate a retailer’s identity into a store design and goes beyond mere functionality and efficiency – even more so now that a commodification of products, brands and retail is occurring’.
So far the redevelopments at the Royal Academy have been quiet. The new architectural interventions are not radical. But sensitive spatial interventions are allowing for a slowly building programme of events, all in celebration of its 250th year, dubbed RA250.
The Gensler Research Institute have announced the results of its first ever Experience Index, confirming that design has a quantifiable impact on experience.
Within their Research Institute, Gensler – the global architecture, design and planning firm – have created their own Experience Index, hoping to identify the main forces behind a ‘great’ human experience and providing a clear framework for understanding how individuals experience various spaces. As the first research of its kind, the Gensler Experience Index combines the known drivers of creating a ‘human experience’ (product, brand and service quality) with a new factor: design.
2017 is the 10th year of the Design Museum’s Annual Designers in Residence programme, which gives selected emerging designers the space, support, funds and platform to develop their work over a period of seven months. This year, the designers get the use of their own residency studio in the new Design Museum in west London, which will showcase the culmination of their work at the end of the programme. The theme for this year’s programme is ‘support’: we met the four designers responding to it.
No doubt we all own something from IKEA, but now the Swedish furniture giant is taking its manifesto of making good design available to the many even further afield, with new collections that will see its products pushed across every corner of the world – and even into space. At this year’s Democratic Design Day 2017 (7–8 June) — IKEA’s annual global event that invites the media into its ‘house of curiosity’ in the remote Swedish village of Älmhult, where Ingvar Kamprad opened the first IKEA store in 1958 — the emphasis was on collaboration as a host of announcements were made.