Nike Pop-Up Liberty, London

Nike are one of the many pop-up shops appearing around London in preperation for the Olympics. The brand have recently acquired a beautiful atrium space in Liberty, London.

Their pop-up is perfectly fitting for the Liberty’s customer and the surrounding architecture. It has elegance and grace in the form of ornately detailed balloons that spiral up through the atrium. It juxtaposes the store interestingly however with the use of premium materials and illuminated feature walls behind bespoke contemporary/traditional furniture. Continue Reading

Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall, Paris

The Beaugrenelle shopping mall in Paris has been visioned by French architects Agence Search. The real ‘feature’ to their pitch winning design is giant elliptical lattices. The shopping centre at 5 storey’s in height will have these woven timber structures piercing through the two atriums located at each end of the shopping centre.

Footbridges and escalators intersect the suspended timber lattices creating what the architects call a “wow effect” The shopping centre is due to open its doors in Spring 2013 and will feature Marks and Spencer’s as one of its anchor stores, some 10 years after M&S withdrew all of its stores from France. Continue Reading

Selfridges Bullring, Birmingham

Confession: For all the work I have done in the Bullring in Birmingham over the years I have never been in to the highly acclaimed Selfridges store. The weekend just gone I put that right. Wow was I impressed. I spent most of my visit walking around with my head in the clouds gawping and my iphone out (discreetly) photographing. The store internally is not unlike most department stores. Exposed ceilings show services and slab in black with various celing rafts, features and lighting hanging beneath to detract the wandering eye. This in itself is impressive as it is such a vast space to trick the eye from looking up at an unpleasant exposed slab is clever.  Continue Reading