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Leading Lights

Lighting helps visually connect the brand with consumers, while bringing the retail space to life like a piece of theatre, finds Retail Focus.

From interactive pavilions and multisensory installations to inspiring talks and new product launches, last month’s London Design Festival 2018 was teeming with creative and innovative lighting design. At the V&A — the hub of the festival — composer Arvo Pärt and Arup presented an installation entitled ‘Memory & Light’, inspired by Arvo Pärt’s famous words: ‘I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener’. Meanwhile, in Shoreditch, Universal Design Studio partnered with The Office Group and Speirs + Major to present ‘Framework For Exchange’, a two-storey temporary pavilion designed to stimulate interaction, collaboration and community through different forms of exchange.

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From concept to store: A two-way communication process

With the amount of technology at our fingertips today, creating a reactive, collaborative working approach between retailer, interior designer and shopfitter has never been easier.

Visitors to EuroShop 2017 will be familiar with The Village, presented by Ansorg, Vitra and Vizona, a huge immersive plaza-like setting featuring five fictional stores, each designed to address some of the current challenges facing the retail industry. Conceived by architect and designer Joanna Laajisto, The Village incorporated a fashion store, a cosmetics shop, a consumer electronics store, a car showroom and a grocery store, which each centred around a new Vitra shopfitting system, with tailored lighting concepts by Ansorg.

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Discover and delight: High street banks

Putting communities at the heart and taking cues from the best retail stores is key to the survival of bank branches, finds Retail Focus.

Last month, Royal Bank of Scotland was the latest bank to announce plans to close stores – 54 in total, resulting in 258 job losses. The branches will shut in January 2019 and are in addition to 162 branch closures already announced this year with the loss of 792 jobs. According to Which? approximately 60 bank branches are closing every month with RBS shutting the most. So what does the future hold for bricks and mortar banking?

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In & Around: Savile Row

The jewel in the crown of men's tailoring, Savile Row in London has unveiled street improvements, allowing passersby to better experience the tailors in action.

Savile Row is one of London’s most famous and prestigious streets and acts as a cultural hub for sartorial style and bespoke tailoring, not only for the city of London but internationally.

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