As designers we spend a lot of time researching and keeping up to date with current trends, new stores, branding, visual merchandising and much more. Here are three of our favourite stores from the month of June.

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1. Brillen Müller store by Heikaus, Wittlich (Germany)

The specialist shop offers its customers state of the art examination and diagnostic techniques in optics and acoustics, and also attractive looking eyewear. The designer’s task was to combine all of these areas on one floor and form a centre of competence for the senses, but in a tasteful and functional way. The soft colour palette with the use of different materials to add texture creates a calming space, and helps define each of the different areas of the store well. The consultation areas are tasteful and are positioned away from the entrance of the store to create privacy, using materials and colours such as a rose gold, and millennial pink accents which are on trend. The store is definitely far away from your typical opticians, and would in no way be an uncomfortable or boring experience, which tends to be the case in most instances when having an eye test. 

We love… the fresh calming feel that the whole interior gives.

2. Kakuru Jewellery Store by Urban Soul Project, Athens (Greece)

The bold colour palette and almost retro feel of this Jewellery Store in Greece is exciting because it is not what we are used to seeing in Jewellery stores in the UK, which is refreshing! The quirky exterior is almost pod like, making the store completely stand out from those around it. The vivid petrol green colour which is present throughout the stores interior and exterior is contemporary and on trend, coupled with hints of gold, and more creative product displays make the store intriguing, and distinctive. Organic forms are used throughout the interior which reflect the Kakuru brand, and create a fluid space, which is why it is one of our favourite new stores for this month.

We love… the vivid petrol green colour combined with gold accents.

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3. Il Makiage Boutique Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects (New York City)

Set within the ground level of a historic cast-iron building in SoHo, Zaha Hadid Architects and Paul Warchol’s boutique pavilion is a bold, skeletal tunnel made from illuminated interlocking fibre reinforced plastic. A central display filled with Il Makiage’s signature products is framed by the bold structure, with a series of make-up stations positioned at its edges. Inspiration for the stand came from Il Makiage’s black, white and silver packaging, which is very architectural. The criss-crossing elements echo the Il Makiage’s logo and make for a dramatic and intriguing space. The LED lighting strip combined within the criss-cross shaped structure make for an intriguing pop-up, and is hopefully a sign of what to expect from the brand in the future. With this only being a temporary pop-up, Zaha Hadid Architects are set to design a series or permanent brick and mortar stores in the next year.

We love… the dramatic angles, combined with a monochrome colour scheme to create a bold and exciting pop-up.

 

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