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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?
Dutch online concept store Zold specialises in selling both new and used designer items as a service in which the entire handling of the sales process is provided. The company professionally photographs items to be sold, lists them on eBay, handles all bidder enquiries, payment collections, packing and shipping. In return, Zold take a 30 per cent commission. Items currently up for sale include designer clothes, furniture, high tech gym equipment and even art.
Designer store Louis Vuitton put on an alternative flower show at their new London store situated in The Village at Westfield shopping centre. The luxury fashion house teamed up with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller to unveil an urban garden which sprawled from the doors of the store into the shopping centre for a fortnight, before being donated to the local community in Hammersmith.