‘I pity the fool forced to buy more products than he wants to,’ said retail design giant Fitch’s Simon Threadkell to BDP’s Stephen Anderson this morning at a retail seminar at New London Architecture. Such was Threadkell’s response to Anderson’s anguished question, ‘Is this whole retail-based consumerist philosophy sustainable, though?’ which he uttered at the end of an hour-long seminar about developments in retail design. It was a sublime moment of existential self-doubt that enlivened an otherwise standard chat about current retail trends such as augmented reality, brand provenance and handmade aesthetics. Well done, Simon and Stephen. Now get on with your work.
A patent filed by the company reveals a mobile with thermal elements embedded into the screen, which would heat it up and fill any cracks if it became damaged.
The professional finance body has been given a new look by Smith & Milton, which includes a flat, line-drawn coat of arms, san-serif typeface and updated colour palette.
The museum and cultural hub in Shenzhen has announced it will open to the public in December, and will include a permanent gallery space curated by the V&A.
The 12th edition of the annual design festival takes place this coming March, and will see the likes of Gail Bichler and Chris Ware speak.