In for a penny, in for a Poundshop

Red Chinese-inspired display arcs in the Poundshop interior
Red Chinese-inspired display arcs in the Poundshop interior

This time last year, it was announced that bargain-price online design store Poundshop was to tour the country, selling its wares in a series of pop-up spaces.

Browsing the books
Browsing the books

In a refreshingly affordable approach, Poundshop provides a platform form which designers can sell their products – all at either  £1, £5 or £10.

Checking out the tea towels
Checking out the tea towels

Now in its seventh physical incarnation, the store is currently based in Manchester, housed in a pop-up site designed by Music.

A render of the Music-designed Poundshop retail concept
A render of the Music-designed Poundshop retail concept

This is the first time Poundshop has ventured outside the capital, and the design of the Manchester space looks to reflect its location at the Chinese Arts Centre.

Some cute Poundshop booties
Some cute Poundshop booties

Craig Oldham, senior creative at Music, says, ‘The red spiral installation echoes the rich visual cues in Chinese patterns and their distinct cultural celebrations.

‘We stuck to one material and exhausted its potential—a simple red crate serves not only as the retail installation itself, but also a cash desk, seating, lighting, even the shopping baskets.’

Poundshop Window display.
Poundshop Window display.

More than 40 products are on display, including buttons, pin badges, books, ceramics, cutlery, cushions, posters, postcards, mugs, soft-toys, and sketchbooks

Poundshop is open until 22 June at The Chinese Arts Centre, Market Buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester M4

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