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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?
The Pernod Ricard group has called upon photographer Marcos Lopez to illustrate the cover of its annual report 2010. This photographer, famous for his latino-pop style, travelled all over the world to meet the group employees. The result is 18 unusual portraits that come together to illustrate the new group signature, Conviviality Creator.
Starbucks collaborated with design studio Nendo to put up a new concept coffee shop store called ‘Starbucks Espresso Journey’ in Tokyo. Not only is the shop made out of shipping containers, the coffee ordering process is quite unique. Before customers arrive to the counter, they must choose a book on a wall that talks about the coffee they’d like to drink.