The first in a planned chain of consumer electronics stores has opened in Dubai using a new interiors format created by London design group Portland. Plug-Ins is owned by Dubai trading group Al-Futtaim, which aims to develop the name into a leading brand. Using the retail brand message: ‘It’s not about technology but what it can do for you,’ the store aims to educate and inspire shoppers, while avoiding reliance on technology-led supplier advertising. Plug-Ins, which measures nearly 2000m2, uses the concept of futuristic travel ports to help customers move around the store. A circular ‘launch-pad’ to the radiating store plan, runway-like walkways and giant videoscreens are also used.
During the London Design Festival, the design studio Wik & Walsøe is presenting an exhibition exploring traditions and how they develop, at Superbrands, London Design Fair.
A round-up of moves, changes and appointments in the design world.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has commissioned the UK-based consultancy to design the exterior and interiors of the transport system’s passenger pods.
The London Design Festival 2017 exhibition taking place this week contains 30 diverse projects exploring the designer’s role in everything from protecting the environment to creating straight-up beautiful work.