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High-end design in aisle 6
The Design Supermarket is housed in the Milanese shopping icon La Rinascente, and is entirely devoted to design in its multiple expressions. The new space houses a wide range of products from microelectronics to lighting and kitchenware. Prices range from just a few euro to several hundred thousand.
Why it matters
This space is the contemporary equivalent of a market square. Could this move indicate that shoppers are tiring of the often cookie-cutter experiences that high-end stores offer? Are they instead craving more diversity and variation from their experiences? Is this something luxury brands will need to begin offering their consumers as the concept of luxury evolves?
Compal, a Portuguese juice and smoothie company, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. To mark the event, some bus stops in Lisbon have been transformed into traditional Portuguese houses to advertise its 60 years in business and promote the launch of new products.
Retail developers in Dubai are being cautioned to delay or scrap plans for the omnipresent mammoth malls in favour of smaller suburban shopping centres. The sheer size and grandeur of the developments are considered too risky in the economic climate where consumers appear to be beginning to reject such conspicuous consumption.