Articles tagged Opinion

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Want VR to succeed? Then design better and safer spaces around it

A new generation of entertainment venues mediates between the public and private experience of VR, helping to overcome users’ embarrassment.

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Why HBO (and not Netflix) gave design fans the TV special they actually deserve

New York City – Michael Krantz, the production designer for HBO’s My Favorite Shapes, speaks of the unorthodox design intent behind Julio Torres’ new comedy special.

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We take music for granted – and this pop-up installation by Sonos wants to change that

London – Sonos took to a record store in London to show visitors, by way of sound layers and brainwaves, how difficult it actually is to bring now commonplace music to our ears.

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Here’s what works – and what doesn’t – at the new Galeries Lafayette Champs Élysées

Paris – Three months after its opening, how is the Galeries Lafayette Champs Élysées faring when it comes to the overall in-store experience? 

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‘For awards, Instagram is really dangerous: it’s the design world cannibalising itself’

London – We launched our St-W Awards 2020 calendar with a panel discussion on a rather pressing matter: Are design awards actually necessary?

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Google’s Milan show was emotionally painful – and that’s exactly what I liked about it

Milan – A Space for Being measures the spaces that make individuals feel most comfortable. The experience made me come to terms with my internalized spatial racism.

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Things I’ve learned as a witness to the changing Chinese market

Amsterdam – Shanghai-based designer Li Xiang remembers a time when offline retailers would skimp on design budgets. How did that change so much in barely five years?

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Take it from the Campana Brothers: this is how you design with a legacy in mind

Amsterdam – At the 2019 St-W Lab, Brazilian designer Humberto Campana explained how his work is a Trojan horse that uplifts and empowers impoverished communities. 

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Seen the inside of a Saint Laurent store? Then you’ve already been in Celine’s new flagship

New York City – The new Celine flagship on Madison Avenue is nearly indiscernible from Hedi Slimane’s previous spatial iterations for other fashion houses. 

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Something feels off about those fancy new marihuana dispensaries in the United States

As more American states legalize recreational cannabis, dispensaries are getting the luxury retail treatment. And there’s something wrong with that.

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The newest Rimowa store is almost good – and believe me, that’s a compliment

Berlin – The suitcase brand’s new Berlin store, by Universal Design Studio, is a fantastic execution of the client brief. And yet, that doesn’t seem right.

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‘Designers have not paid much attention to creating a vibrant store atmosphere’

Tokyo – In this essay, originally featured in our book about Schemata Architects, founder Jo Nagasaka discusses the role of retail design vs smartphones.

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