It is not the death of bricks and mortar retail. Far from it. It may be on the decline these days, but it’s not going anywhere.
Colours can affect moods and provoke feelings, and they definitely play a crucial part in designing spaces. Choosing an appropriate colour can be daunting, with desired specific energies in different spaces. Using them wisely can be rewarding.
What sort of mood do you want to put your customers in? What kind of brand personality do you want to present? These factors can help decide which colours to be used. We need to first understand how they behave and influence our mood. Engaging a professional is your best bet. They can help streamline your choices and arrive at your desired overall outcome. One should also do some research on what best depicts your brand, and which impressionable colour that you want to imprint on customers.
It’s almost basic knowledge to know that brighter colours give a lighter and airy space, while darker colours tend to evoke intimate settings. What kind of products you’re selling can also play a big part, for example, a fashion retail store should ideally be bright and spacious so people would feel invited to come in to shop. Fun and energetic or calm and serene, it really depends on your brand.
With that said, remember to have fun!
Material Library in interior design firms
Not many interior design firms have a full-time librarian to upkeep their material libraries, and it must be a consistent effort to keep it easily accessible and organized. We’re going to implement a new management of the material library and I’ve been doing some searching for some tips we can use. Thought I might share.
Fosters + Partners Apple store at Orchard Road
Foster + Partners recently opened one of their “greenest Apple spaces yet” here in Singapore. With he highest density of trees, we are officially the greenest city in Asia. We can’t help but feel proud of that. It’s great to see efforts of sustainability from different corporations.
Love the trees, like the ones in the Regent Street store.
Both are crucial in our trade of business, especially in ours, where hazards and accidents have a higher rate of happening. It is good to be aware of the certification/acknowledgements of the companies you’re interested in engaging, and know that you can be at ease.
OHSAS – Occupational Health and Safety Assessment series. “certification to OHSAS 18001 is a strong sign of your organization’s commitment to your employees’ health and safety.”
“bizSAFE is a 5-step programme tailored to assist companies build up their workplace safety and health capabilities.” bizSAFE Star is the highest reflection of our commitment to WSH (Workplace Safety and Health)
“To design an experience is not an easy task. It requires the control and mastery of multiple fields and the ability to weave them together into a single experience, like different engineers working together to create “the posh experience” of a Porsche.” – Ong Tze Boon source
Although experience design has been around for some time, it still feels a bit foreign (to me, at least). But it certainly can transform businesses, as ‘it advocates using the concept behind the brand as a way to identify and define value for customers in ways that can be differentiated in the way that products and services deliver value.’ source
wiki definition of Experience Design (XD):
An approach to the design of products, services and environments based on a holistic consideration of the users’ experience. Experience design is therefore driven by consideration of the ‘moments’ of engagement between people and brands, and the memories these moments create. Also known as experimental marketing, customer experience design, experiential design, brand experience.
Having a keen observation is one of the best things you can do in any situation. In this case, is to develop a rich understanding of the customers’ perspectives by researching and asking questions that can help us design the experience that speaks to customers. So we can form an ideal experience through interior design which fuses human and environment interactions seamlessly. We are always striving to influence outcomes with our designs and in turn, aid our clients’ businesses.
Experience Design is definitely an area we would love to delve into, to better service our clients and prospects.
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People are already foreseeing the future of the retail industry and it is indeed interesting to see what we’ve already thought of so far. Is artificial intelligence going to take away jobs? How we, in the interior design industry, can do to help our clients in their brand building efforts and store design to better provide their customers with an interactive environment?
“Going green” seems to be an almost involuntary thought for some right now, with the minority consisting of people like Donald Trump (who thinks that climate change is a hoax). How can we be conscious of our social responsibility and also focus on design at the same time? Stephen Shoup did it beautifully, his creative re-use is a great model. To work with something existing will always be a challenge.
“Perhaps the most successful aspect of turning this into a place to live and an office rather than just have this shop space was moving it towards real indoor-outdoor living,” -Shoup
“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”
It’s always good to come across repurposed locations that enable us to see them in a new light. The Jane Restaurant in Antwerp, Belgium is one good example. I stand for their intention to preserve most of the environment, which was the result of a seamless fuse between history and the contemporary fittings. It produces a cozy yet formal architecture that would be appealing to most. The original ceiling, especially, is a solid piece of history that cocoons the interior and provides a subtle reminder of history for the people.
Would love to visit someday.
Director and Co-Founder of successful interior design business Mu Interior is Cham Swee Chuah. With a love for all things design, he has thrown his heart into his work and built a team that sticks together. Naturally, various challenges and difficulties face this entrepreneurial team and Cham let us in on how Mu overcomes them, and loves to satisfy customers! Is this team looking to touch international borders, or stick to their roots? Read on!