3/19/2012

Store Design: An Industry on a Fast Track

Architectural Systems just returned from GlobalShop. It was a big show for us as a company, and also for the industry as there is a lot of energy in the retail sector right now.


Nancy Jackson and James Mansour talk retail design trends at GlobalShop 

We were thrilled that one of our latest products, Fusión Wood Panels, was recognized as the Best New Product at GlobalShop, the sixth time we’ve received this honor! Thanks to those who voted!

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And we were delighted to be the "material supplier" for these 2012 A.R.E. Award-winning projects! ASI Materials and your design: An award-winning combination! 

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After 20 years as a strategic material partner providing the most innovative interior finishes for designers, we are the go-to resource for on-trend branded environments. With retail heating up, we are tracking these trends at a quicker pace than ever.

GS4Those who attended WHAT’S NEXT® Live saw the latest materials in just ten minutes. Nancy Jackson, president, Architectural Systems, and James Mansour, principal, Mansour Design, used the ASI booth to illustrate trends like Stylized Industrial, Organic Luxe, Authenticity, Signature Materials and more. James is a retail design guru having created branded environments for Sony, Limelight Marketplace and Limited Brands.

Nancy also joined retail leaders during the DDI advisory board lunch as a forum sponsor. The hot topic of conversation? J.C. Penney.

JCPNewly appointed CEO Ron Johnson is currently plotting the department store’s turnaround. Johnson is credited with creating two game changing moves: 1. Turning Target into Targét by adding a Michael Graves line 2. Creating the Apple store (read more here).

His history, and his desire to put J.C. Penney back in the spotlight as a major American retailer, have competitive brands on alert, each of which will need to accelerate their plans in redesigning their stores.

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Other retailers discussed how they must compete against their own websites as user experiences can at times be more intriguing, or easier to navigate, than the in-store experience. A bigger problem: how to capture the bright vibrancy that’s seen on an iPad or laptop and bring that to life at the store. 

Retailers must now recreate or redefine their environments to stay competitive. Check in with Materialista®, as it’s my job to stay on top of inspiring and innovative materials for designers to develop fresh experiences.

Tell us what inspires you in our comments or on our Facebook page.

Posted at 3/19/2012 9:0 AM

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