We’ve been creating retail display designs and fixtures a long time, so you’ll have to excuse the Middleton Group team for being a bit obsessed with retail merchandising design. In fact, you could say we live and breathe retail displays and signage.
We want to bring our clients the latest creative concepts and that means keeping abreast of advancements in our industry. It also means we have spotted quite a few top-notch retail designs.
Here are 10 of our favourite retail display designs and store designs:
Alice in Wonderland Window Display
How often do you see a store window that makes you stop and take notice? It seems unlikely that anyone could pass this Alice in Wonderland window display without lingering to take a look. Part of Fortnum and Mason’s Christmas window displays in 2006, the scene has a spectacular sense of motion and mystery. Read more about Fortnum and Mason’s Christmas window tradition, which they call their “Christmas gift to the shoppers” here.
Speaking of amazing window design, how about this Ferrari made from tiny toy horses? The design is part of luxury fashion retailer Harvey Nichols’s “Everyday Design” window displays, which used mundane everyday objects to create large works of art.
For overall store design, we like RadioShack’s New York City concept store. Part of RadioShack’s attempt to rebrand itself in the competitive world of Amazon and Apple, the store puts lots of techie treats on display for a fun, hands-on shopping experience. The Speaker Wall allows customers to test speakers by playing music from their own Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices.
Tiffany & Co.
The 2013 A.R.E. Design Awards Store of the Year award went to Tiffany & Co. in SoHo. Nobody’s surprised that the new store has a high-end look, but you have to see it to believe it. The 9,000-square-foot store features embellishments from local artists and artisans. Each individual selling space features elements that reference the retailer’s history. Tiffany dragonflies appear on backlit silver-leafed glass panels, custom flooring and furniture.
Woolworths Nicolway Grocery Store, South Africa
Another A.R.E. Design Award winner, the Woolworths Nicolway grocery store in South Africa incorporates natural and sustainable materials. Designed by R&L Architects in Cape Town, the store ensures a comfortable experience for shoppers with wide aisles and rustic wooden tables creating merchandising hot spots throughout. Judges admired the store’s crisp, clear signage.
Opening Ceremony, Tokyo
Opening Ceremony’s flagship Tokyo store features edgy fashions on four themed floors. Check out the zoological floor, where accessories are showcased in cabinets ornamented with ostriches, llamas and horses. This kind of out-of-the-box thinking has the world looking at and admiring Tokyo’s retail style.
PepsiCo NFL Instore Display
PepsiCo’s partnership with the NFL is one of the contributing factors that helps the popular beverage company achieve $66 billion in sales each year. Although PepsiCo teams with the NFL all year, the pinnacle of their campaign occurs during the Super Bowl. The annual campaign includes 250,000 displays in retail stores. And they are displays you just won’t miss! Check out this Pepsi/NFL display in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for example.
Imaginext Castle Dragon
POPAI, an international trade association for the marketing at retail industry, named the Imaginext Castle Dragon one of its 2013 Gold Display-of-the-Year Award Winners. We can see why! Created by Darko, Inc., the semi-permanent display is nothing if not eye-catching. Children and their parents are sure to be drawn to this stunning display of Imaginext toys.
Diesel Kid Store display
You have to work a little harder to impress today’s ad-savvy kids. This Diesel Kid Store display should do it. Created by Collective Paper Aesthetics for the store in Treviso, Italy, the unit displays kids clothes on crafty paper stools. It has been shortlisted for the ISG Retail Week Interiors Awards.
Thomas the Tank Engine display
Okay, forgive us, but we can’t help tooting our own horns. Our Thomas the Tank Engine display is sure to attract a crowd of Thomas fans. Even Mom will want to stop and take a look at this colourful, fun toy display.