The mammoth triennial EuroShop exhibition returned to Düsseldorf this week (5-9 March 2017), providing a hive of inspiration, innovation and trends. Spread across 18 halls, the 19th edition of the show was divided into seven experiential dimensions.
Here are some of our highlights from across the seven dimensions...
There were plenty of mannequins supporting the ongoing athleisure trend, from companies such as CNL, Window France and Genesis. Several companies also showcased existing collections with new finishes and materials, and more are also utilising the benefits of virtual and augmented reality, as well as 3D printing capabilities.
An army of mannequins guarded the hall entrance
First time exhibitor Atrezzo introduced fresh collections and new finishes to existing forms
sfd's stand was designed to inform, surprise and start discussion about the sfd brands
Hans Boodt Mannequins
Shopfitting & Store Design
SDEA awarded Unibox with the association's Best Stand Design Award
Retail Focus talk to DIA Systems to get an insight into its current product range and new illuminated shelving system
A number of design consultancies took the opportunity to showcase their vision of the future of retail...
After the General Store in 2011 and Department Store in 2014, Schweitzer decided not to use a retail format as an inspiration for its booth in 2017. Instead, Schweitzer and Interstore focused on the future of commerce – its visions, technical innovations and new solutions. This year Schweitzer is celebrating 90 years and Interstore 30 years.
Schwitzke presented The Open Retail Trail. Schwitzke displayed its own vision for successful future retail trading. Instead of counting on technical features or digital salvations, the retail experts purposely focused on real and low-tech experiences. The ‘walk-through’ The Open Retail Trail took visitors on a retail journey, highlighting what trade concepts are needed for tomorrow’s retail experience and the possible outcomes that it presents.
One village, five fictitious stores, numerous in-store solutions. Ansorg, Vitra & Vizona welcomed visitors to 'The Village' at EuroShop
Umdasch Shopfitting's stand literally proclaimed 'Curtain up for the shopfitting of the future', demonstrating digital solutions and shopfitting innovations. Short lectures by the Umdasch Shop Academy took place in the cinema area on the company's stand
The Designer Village included six UK design agencies: Fitch, cdw+partners, CADA Design, Dalziel & Pow, rpa:group and Shopworks.
Surfaces & materials
We are seeing customisation continue to be an important factor in retail, and this was evident in Hall 10.
Tarkett celebrated creative expression on a grand scale, with the launch of ID Mixonomi. 'Floor is the new playground' says Tarkett
The company also launched a new LED luminous vinyl flooring range in collaboration with Philips Lighting, which can 'talk' to customers by displaying messages and information to revolutionise retail spaces
iVC Group (Moduleo)
Metallics continued to be a popular trend, for surfaces as well as mannequins.
Specified Metals Inc
Some of the big retail design agencies such as Umdasch and Interstore were also showing their material libraries.
DMX power winch system from Kinetic Lights
Philips Lighting presented The Street of Dreams, providing visitors with a guided tour to learn about indoor positioning, data analytics and lighting that changes the way people shop
Designed in collaboration with Dalziel & Pow, the Reggiani stand showcased its new proposals – ‘Our bright new ideas’. The Light + Shade concept demonstrated the effect of contrasted light and shadow to create a personal interaction between consumers and a product
The iGuzzini Light Experience by artec3 studio
Visitors to the Prolight stand had the opportunity to customise their own satchel
POPAI commanded a large space in Hall 3, offering space for members and visitors to relax in the cafe area and listen to speakers in the seminar area.
The POPAI Awards finalists were showcased in a dedicated area of Hall 3.
As well as an array of mobile POS solutions and cash registers, several robots entertained visitors in the technology halls.
Pepper the robot from SoftBank Robotics interacted with visitors
LG's Dual View Curved Tiling Wall
LG's In Glass OLED display
Read our full review of EuroShop 2017 in the April issue of Retail Focus, out soon.
The next EuroShop takes place on 16-20 February 2020. Visit www.euroshop-tradefair.com for more information.