It’s Hard To Beat A Good Book!

July 21, 2011

An integral part to being a good designer and a good design company is the ability to progress with time, to keep up with the latest trends, pioneer trends and to research new design principals. We love research as it gives us a chance to step away from the drawing board for a couple of hours every now and again, pop the kettle on and delve into the world of interior design. Many favour online research, but at Studio EM we feel that sometimes you just can’t beat a good book. Here is a brief insight into our retail design library and the books we are currently flicking through and recommend to you.

Retail Design by Otto Riewoldt

This book covers a number of forward thinking and innovative concepts. Our purchase of the book was sealed when we noticed that Jennifer Hudson of Interior Architecture: From Brief to Build was involved in the books production. Highlighted within are forty-five different solutions offered by some of today’s most sought-after architects and designers from all over the world. Names well-known to the marketplace such as Nike, Tower Records, Swatch, Jil Sander, Armani, Hermes, Comme de Garcons, Sony, Daimler/Chrysler, and Bloomingdales are attached to wondrously conceived boutiques and stores in cities ranging from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to London, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Bangkok.

Each full-colour spread illustrates how the use of space, interior design, colour, lighting, and materials all serve to create environments that engage and attract the buyer.

New Retail by Raul A. Barreneche

In the decades since the advent of the shopping mall, shopping has become synonymous with entertainment and the retail store a key player in establishing brand identity. In a growing trend, high-profile architects are designing provocative storefronts and interiors that create an aura of exclusivity, draw in customers, and attract media attention rivalling the goods within. New Retail examines this phenomenon with an overview of 24 of the most innovative retail spaces built around the world in recent years, designed by high-profile international architects as well as smaller cutting-edge firms. Projects in the book include the Carlos Miele store in New York (Asymptote), three stores for Louis Vuitton in New York and Tokyo (Jun Aoki), Selfridges in Birmingham, the UK (Future Systems), two clothing boutiques in Sao Paulo (Isay Weinfeld), the Mandarina Duck store in Paris (NL Architects), and the Mpries Supermarket in Austria (Dominique Perrault), among others. More than 250 color photographs as well as floor plans and site plans showcase the architectural and interior design, lighting, and often experimental materials that create these ultimate retail spaces.

Stores of the Year # 17 by Martin M Pegler

With over 250 full-colour photos, this latest volume in the highly successful “Stores of the Year” series shows how top professionals in the fields of design, architecture, lighting, and fixtures turn spaces into marketplaces. In “Stores of the Year NO. 17”, both renowned designers and novices reveal new and innovative solutions to the complex problems of retail design and visual merchandising. Featured projects represent a wide spectrum of retailers from major department store chains to designer shops, boutiques and specialty retailers. This book is an indispensible reference tool for any interior designer, architect, visual merchandiser, or store owner.

One Off: Independent Retail Design by Clare Dowdy

The urge to create an individualized shopping experience is a major trend around the world, such that a new generation of independent shops has grown up. These are mostly small, and are setting up against the odds, they have to make a special effort with their exteriors, interiors, and branding to lure in customers. Some are a triumph of ingenuity on a low budget, while others are as glamorous as their big-name counterparts. Some interiors and graphics are created by professional designers, others by the owners themselves.

In fact, this trend is now so widespread that the corporate retailers who sparked the reaction in the first place are getting in on the act, commissioning one-off outlets and short-term guerrilla stores to appeal to a savvier, funky young clientele. One-Off is the first book to address this important retail trend. It covers food, home and lifestyle, fashion and accessories, random gems, and pretenders and guerrilla stores.

Retail: Architecture & Shopping by Ian Luna

Retail: Architecture & Shopping is a breakthrough exploration of the relationship between consumer culture and architecture, showcasing the creative collaborations between global brands and their architects. Over the past decade, retail architecture has taken centre stage in contemporary design discourse, and Retail is a unique tour of the venues for the universal pastime of the twenty-first century: shopping.

Design for Shopping: New Retail Interiors bySara Manuelli

Retail design is quickly learning new ways to entice the customer. To create a unique and captivating shopping experience, shops use interactive technology and commission stunning works of art; fashion brands team up with celebrity architects to create brand strategies and generate publicity; and irony, humour, and playful elements of surprise turn into mainstays of retail interiors. From the giant, breathing mannequins of Mandarina Duck in London to the high-tech dressing rooms of Prada in Los Angeles, Design for Shopping provides a detailed, behind-the-scenes examination of the sometimes jaw-dropping, sometimes whimsical, and always breathtakingly creative ways that today’s most exceptional shops appeal to the customer’s imagination.

Accompanied by architects’ floor plans and vivid colour photographs, Design for Shopping showcases a comprehensive selection of recent retail interiors from around the world. Following an insightful introduction which examines the historical and sociological variables in current shopping culture, the book is divided into seven chapters which discuss themes such as the reinvention of old brands; technology and shopping; the emerging intersections between architecture, art, and fashion; play and shopping; new ways and places to shop; and how store design and branding have become intimately related to selling a lifestyle. Fascinating case studies illustrate each of these themes, with thirty-five stores discussed in total.


All book descriptions are taken from Amazon.