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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?
Bus stops are to be transformed into works of art in a London-wide design project. Digital artist Alfie Dennen has designed a computer programme to create images for the tops of bus shelters after being inspired by attempts to beautify the roofs on his local route. Dennen says he wants to provide a canvas to allow Londoners and communities to tell their stories to thousands of passengers every day.
Thanks to its success, the planned expansion of Dubai’s only discount shopping mall has been met with interest from retailers.