Here are our Top #5 picks for trends worth watching in retail interiors and store fixtures.
#1 Turns out, it is easy being green
Trend watchers at the recent Milan Design Week noted a surge in green, perhaps taking to heart Pantone’s “greenery” color of the year for 2017. With its undercurrents of blue and yellow, greens can be fun to match with decorative surfaces, simply for their versatility!
#2 Texture: high tech to high touch
Love this expression: “hoarder chic.” Just like we can’t pass up touching the fine silk blouse or a chunky sweater, retail environments are catering to our sense of tech and touch. That is, they’re creating tactile environments that combine high tech and, say, aged brick — or sleek with vintage elements.
These designs make the marriage of vintage and modern, rough and smooth easy on the eyes and the fingertips.
#3 Momentum through Reinvention
We’ve all read the recent news of another wave of decline of traditional bricks and mortar retail. Who’s surviving — or even thriving — and how? It’s the stores willing to reinvent themselves. Their inventory, their stories, their online strategies, their environments. Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie are leading the way. Now imagine how much reinventing you can do with…
#4 Bridging: The store of the future
Facial recognition technology, holographic product displays, drone deliveries — these are already becoming part of the retail experience as retailers bridge their online and offline worlds. Even with declines in physical locales, there is a committed sense among the experts that bridging technology and human experience, and on- and offline realms will guide the future.
We imagine these high tech designs helping make the bridge:
#5 The boutique makes a (refreshing) comeback
Pop-ups, lifestyle stores, customized shops “curated to reflect their neighborhoods” — the trend in boutique retailing takes nothing off the table. Creativity, unanticipated pairings and creating new customer experiences are…popping up…around the world.