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Artist appointed to create specialist public artworks for Bracknell town centre regeneration

February 22nd, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

• Kerry Lemon appointed to create a series of public realm designs to enrich the transformed Bracknell town centre
• Collaboration with architecture and design teams to create artworks that improve the urban environment of new £240million shopping and leisure destination, The Lexicon Bracknell


Artist, Kerry Lemon, has been appointed to transform elements of the urban landscape and public realm at the £240million shopping and leisure destination, The Lexicon Bracknell, opening in September 2017.

Working with an array of materials, and inspired by the abundance of local green spaces, natural habitats and flora and fauna around the borough of Bracknell Forest, Kerry will create 36 brass designed paving slabs, five large benches, six brass lanterns and a series of gobo lights that project stencilled images.

Based on plants that thrive in the area, the floral designs for the paving is cut in brass and then inlayed into the dark granite paving slabs, creating a unique nature trail throughout the town centre. The benches also embody the ‘wildness’ theme, each shaped as a birch leaf and inlayed with brass to depict the leaf’s veins. Solid brass insects indigenous to Bracknell are then embedded in each bench.

Six brass drum lanterns, each one metre in height, will be laser cut with local edible flower designs and will line one of the newly created, pedestrianised roads. Another of The Lexicon’s streets will see gobo light projections of moth illustrations, cast onto the flooring, further enriching the evening experience within the new town centre.

Working alongside the project’s landscape architect, Gillespies, and the architects on the 580,000 sq ft scheme, BDP, as well as the contractors, Mace and Knight Highwood, Kerry’s pieces will be placed in key locations throughout the new town centre, to dramatically improve the aesthetic of the public realm.

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Kerry Lemon, Artist, comments:
“I spent six months researching the local forest and extensive nature found across the borough to introduce a feeling of ‘wildness’ as a contrast to the buildings and formal landscaping. I’m thrilled that my designs will be a part of the new urban landscape for The Lexicon Bracknell, and accessible for all residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The Lexicon Bracknell is being developed by The Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (“BRP”), a 50:50 joint venture between Legal & General Capital (“LGC”) and Schroder UK Real Estate Fund (“SREF”), working in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council (“BFC”), and will bring 580,000 sq ft of new shopping and dining space to the town centre.

Simon Russian, development manager for Legal & General on behalf of the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, says:
“In order to create her artworks, Kerry worked closely with our design teams, exploring ways to combine the urban environment with the green spaces found across the borough. Using brass as the primary material is a great compliment to the metallic materials used across the new town centre buildings. We have no doubt that the resulting works will create fantastic points of additional interest in The Lexicon for customers, as well as enhancing the design ethos of the development. We believe that Kerry’s work will be considered as a great example of how artists can collaborate with architects and developers to create memorable landscapes.”

Jessica Berney, Head of UK Retail at Schroder Real Estate, adds:
“Kerry’s project is certainly a complex one, working alongside our design teams to produce pieces that vary in size and scale to ultimately transform the landscape of the new town centre. These enhancements to the buildings and public realm, teamed with the exciting line-up of brands being signed, will make The Lexicon Bracknell the first choice for shopping and dining in Berkshire.”

Kerry has previously created designs for Liberty London, window installations for Harvey Nichols and international public art and architectural projects. Artscape Management project managed the art programme and Kerry Lemon’s projects for The Lexicon Bracknell.

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Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit 2017

February 21st, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments


Retail Shopfitting & Display

Retail professionals from across the country gathered together in February at the Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit, for two days of meetings and networking with trusted industry suppliers.

Looking to transform their projects with varying budgets, delegates included AMT Coffee, Arcadia Outfit, B&Q, Clarins Fragrance Group, Debenhams, EE, F.Hinds, Fragrance Shop, Gatwick Airport, Go Outdoors, JD Sports Fashion, Mind, National Trust and more.

They were introduced to well-known and well-respected suppliers, including Alchemy Expo, Alser, APS Group, Arno GB, Aurora Lighting, Brandaroma, Compact Lighting, Evander Locks and Glazing, Freedom Music, Futurama, Global Display Projects and Key Finance.

The kind of projects covered included everything from lighting and flooring to mannequins and POS – literally everything was on the agenda!

After a great first day of meetings, attendees met for an evening of informal interactions over a three-course gala dinner, drinks and entertainment, before retiring to bed (not so early for some), ready for another day of meetings, networking and learning.

‘Really valuable event where I always gain new ideas and keep in touch with technology and friends’

‘A fantastic mix of retail supply specialists from music, led screens, shelving and how to creatively empty properties. Looking forward to attending next year. Thank you.’
Dixons Retail

‘Forum events was an excellent event to meet potential new suppliers in a very controlled way. The 25 minute slots were excellent and I would recommend for any retailer looking for new suppliers’
Life style sports

“Great event, very enjoyable and a good atmosphere.”
Zumtobel Group

‘Was apprehensive of this kind of event but was really happy & felt at ease talking to other suppliers, no hard sell was present & some great contacts made’

“Once again a very well organised event, good quality of buyers, good evening, networking opportunities, will certainly return.”
Pfleiderer Industrie Ltd

If you missed out on this year’s Summit, but would like to attend, or find out more information on the 2018 event, please contact Courtney Saggers on 01992 374088 or email


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ISE 2017: A catalyst for growth and innovation

February 17th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments



Over four days Integrated Systems Europe exhibition drew the world’s pro AV community to Amsterdam.

By the time the show closed its doors last Friday, Integrated Systems Europe had proven unequivocally why it is the international destination of choice for AV and systems integration professionals.

ISE 2017 saw 1,192 of the world’s leading AV equipment vendors and service suppliers showcase the latest  technology for the digital signage, unified communications, audio, smart building, residential and education sectors.

On the show floor the atmosphere was decidedly upbeat. Exhibitors, including 202 making their ISE debuts, were seen increasingly to present their products and solutions in ‘real world’ scenarios, designed to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of end users visiting the show.

Registered visitor attendees to ISE 2017 were at an all-time high at 73,413. This represents an 11.7% increase over the 2016 edition. Attendees came from 150 different countries, reflecting the show’s global reach and influence, while almost 600 registered attendees were from the press and media.

Integrated Systems Events Managing Director Mike Blackman commented on the event’s continued success: “We listen to the industry and we listen to our exhibitors. We invest in the show and, importantly, we have the people in place to produce the type of exhibition that they tell us they need. It’s a real collaborative effort and I’d like to thank everyone that’s been involved.”

The exhibition began and ended with two inspirational keynote addresses. These came from award winning architect Ole Scheeren and Cirque du Soleil President and CEO Daniel Lamarre. Both speakers respectively explored how creative thinking and innovative technological development is needed to drive forward architectural design and live event production.

Across 14 halls in the RAI Amsterdam, ISE 2017 delivered four days of product launches, press briefings, awards, conferences, seminars and networking opportunities. ISE co-owners CEDIA and InfoComm International produced two packed education programmes for the residential and commercial installation market sectors.

“ISE2017 has been the biggest and best year yet for CEDIA. We expanded our education offering and doubled bookings to more than 800,” said Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO. “ISE 2017 also gave us a great opportunity to connect with so many of our members from around the globe. Our booth was continuously busy especially during the CEDIA Talks. The show was a huge success and we can’t wait for next year.”

Numerous exhibitors used the show to launch hundreds of new products and services and many also took the opportunity to present their exhibition stands in the most innovative and dramatic manner possible. The results were both eye-catching and inspirational.

“It was a fantastic ISE 2017 for InfoComm, but more importantly, it was an industry-affirming show for the AV industry as a whole,” said David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO of InfoComm International. “As ISE and all our InfoComm shows worldwide demonstrate, this is a vibrant, growing, global community. We’re committed to being a catalyst for market growth, and this week has shown we’re on the right track.”

ISE 2018 will take place at the RAI Amsterdam from 6th – 9th February. It will feature one more additional hall to accommodate new business.

Read the February 2017 issue of A1 Retail Magazine – Out now!

February 17th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Click here to view the February 2017 issue of A1 Retail Magazine.

Features include: A1 Retail Feb 17

  • Retail Lighting
  • Sign & Digital UK Preview
  • Retail Concessions and Pop-ups
  • WBC Article
  • EuroShop 2017 bound-in supplement
  • Harvard Technology Article
  • Q&A Absen
  • Eyes On…Bright Goods
  • Projects


Clerkenwell Design Week – New Visual Identity

February 17th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) has announced the eighth edition taking place on 23rd – 25th May 2017. As the annual focus for London’s leading design district, the festival has been modelled to reflect the unique nature of this vibrant and creative London hub.

Following the success of last year’s event which introduced a new layout to over 34,000 visitors, 2017 will again play host to hundreds of design-led exhibitions, showroom presentations, talks and installations. Activities will run over 3-days with unique exhibitions spanning north to south from Spa Fields down to Farringdon.


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  Icon’s House of Culture

New Visual Identity
Clerkenwell Design Week has taken a bold new direction for the festival’s 2017 creative campaign. The new visual identity aims to bring to life the excitement behind one of the UK’s key design calendar moments – reflected in its ranking as the no.1 UK design event on Dezeen’s 2016 Hot List.


Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, many of whom partner with CDW, providing a world-class foundation to the festival, through an array of stimulating topic-led events including talks, workshops, installations and product launches. Over 90 participating companies commit to CDW, including high-end furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands alongside specialist manufacturers.

A selection of showrooms taking part: Arper, Clerkenwell London, Mosa bulthaup, Scandinavian Business Seating, Bene, Desso, Ege, Caroets, Porcelanosa, Milliken and Jennifer Newman.

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Hosting design brands without a permanent presence in Clerkenwell, CDW’s exhibitions are hosted in distinctive spaces around the area linked by a route running through the centre of EC1. There are seven exhibitions, each with a different curatorial focus, ranging from cutting edge international design, to emerging talent, luxury interiors and the best of British design.

Just some of the key brands already confirmed to exhibit include: Thonet, Tacchini, Ondaretta, Dietiker, Palau, Poliform, Svensson, Dedar, Harlequin & Scion and Emma J Shipley.

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Scandinavian Business Seating

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CDW Presents
Each year, Clerkenwell Design Week presents new design projects and street spectacles, commissioned especially for the festival to sit within high profile spaces across the district. Working with some of the key pioneers in design, engineering and manufacture, these projects aim to activate the local streets whilst pushing the boundaries of design concepts, process and material capabilities.

As well as hosting an abundance of furniture and interiors showrooms, Clerkenwell is also home to a variety of other creative practices including architects, branding agencies and craft studios. In celebration of Clerkenwell Design Week, a selection of 25 of these local practices throw open their doors to the festival’s visitors and host workshops, displays, talks and installations. In addition, 25 local restaurants and bars will participate in the festival with special menus and offers for CDW visitors.

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Exhibition venues from North to South:

Design Fields
Situated at the northern most point of the festival, Design Fields will host a busy hub, showcase live events and product exhibitions showcasing leading furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, representing the best of contemporary international design.

Hosted at The House of Detention, Platform showcases of some of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming design talent in the infamous subterranean remand prison.
Set in the Garden of St James within the beautiful grounds of Clerkenwell’s parish church, Project brings together a leading selection of contract furniture, lighting and surface brands from around the globe.

British Collection
Now in it’s second year, British Collection will be located in the barrel roofed Crypt of St James’s Church. Some of the UK’s most exciting home grown talent will showcase their latest furniture, lighting and product designs within this unique space.

Detail can be found underneath the Garden & Crypt of the Order of St John. Detail reflects principles of fine craftsmanship and high glamour, showcasing the best and most prestigious names in the luxury interiors world.

Additions is dedicated to small design pieces and interior accessories. The show, which for 2017 will move to a street-market style pavilion within St John’s Square, is a festival hotspot for interior designers and retail buyers.

Icon House of Culture
Within the former cold-store turned world famous nightclub’s impressive brick vaults, the infamous Fabric will again host Icon House of Culture, this year featuring a careful selection of top international lighting and design brands with the show’s first stand-alone lighting show.

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Clerkenwell Design Week runs from 23rd – 25th May 2017. Free to register via

Westgate Oxford announces 24th October 2017 opening date

February 15th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The Westgate Oxford Alliance has revealed that the much anticipated £440 million Westgate Oxford development will open its doors to the public on 24th October 2017.

The launch date, in less than nine months’ time, will ensure that retailers benefit from the Christmas trading period, and that visiting shoppers will have the opportunity to experience exceptional fashion and food brands, all just an hour from London.

The new 800,000 sq. ft. (74,300 sq. m) Westgate Oxford currently stands at over 70% pre-let and in solicitor’s hands following the recent announcement of new high street and premium retailers, including: Mint Velvet, Smashbox, Gant, Hotel Chocolat, Smiggle, Guess, Body Shop, T2, Trotters, Accessorize, Lush and Aveda. These high street favourites will sit alongside a 140,000 sq. ft. John Lewis flagship store and a host of best of British and international names such as Hugo Boss, Jo Malone, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Mac, Joules and Victoria’s Secret Pink.

While visitors to the new Westgate Oxford will have the chance to experience a fantastic retail line up, they will also be able to indulge in a vibrant leisure offer.

From a carefully curated food experience, set to include foodie favourites such as Dirty Bones, Pho, Polpo, Pizza Pilgrims, Cinnamon Kitchen, The Breakfast Club, The Alchemist and Sticks’n’Sushi, to the city’s first public roof garden where unique cocktail creations and a variety of culinary names will set the scene for spectacular views of the city’s famous dreaming spires and rolling Oxfordshire countryside – Westgate Oxford will be a captivating destination for friends and families of all ages to come together.

Located in the heart of Oxford city centre, investment in Westgate Oxford will see the west end of the city undergo a complete transformation, the result of which will see more than 100 new stores, 25 restaurants and cafes and a wealth of new public spaces blend seamlessly to create an exciting addition to any day out in the historic city.

Bert Martin, Development Director for the Westgate Oxford Alliance said: “Westgate Oxford is one of the largest and most highly anticipated retail and leisure destinations of 2017 and so we’re excited to announce that we’ll be opening its doors to the public on 24th October. Visitors to Westgate can expect a first-class line-up of retail, food and leisure brands that will further cement Oxford as one of the most attractive cities in the country to spend time in.”

Tim Harrison, Director of Store Development for John Lewis said: “Oxford has long been a sought after location for us so we’re really excited to see the scheme becoming a reality and becoming part of this great city.”

Councillor Bob Price of the Oxford City Council said: “The opening of Westgate Oxford is another landmark moment in the transformation of Oxford city centre. It will create more than 3,000 jobs and training opportunities for people living in and around the city. The opening in October comes at a good time for shoppers and for the retailers in the run up to Christmas, and we expect the new centre to have benefits for the rest of the city centre by attracting people from across the region and further afield. As well as shopping in an exciting and attractive environment, visitors will be able to enjoy the huge range of outstanding cultural and entertainment venues around the city centre, including the new Curzon cinema in the Westgate Centre and a programme of entertainment in the new square outside the John Lewis store.”

The Broad is announced as the Supreme Winner at the Surface Design Awards 2017

February 10th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

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SDAwards Finalist – The Broad

On Thursday 9th February, The Broad, designed by Arup and Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler was declared the Supreme Winner of the 2017 Surface Design Awards.

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is home to 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent in post-war and contemporary art worldwide. The 120,000 square foot building featuring two floors of gallery space was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. Arup provided a range of multi-disciplinary building services, including lighting design and acoustic consulting. The stunning building with its thoughtful approach to design was described by the judges as “environmentally and technically great” and an “awe inspiring space, seamless with a clever use of light and form.”

The Surface Design Awards recognise examples of progressive design and the use of innovative surfaces in projects both in the UK and internationally. 33 projects were named as finalists for the 2017 awards with 45% of shortlisted projects being from overseas.
Each project was judged on a range of criteria including the type of surface, the use of materials and aesthetic design. 13 winners were announced from 7 different categories with most categories being divided into both an interior and exterior section. The Winners span from 7 different countries with 3 projects from China.

With project admissions including private residencies, billboards, restaurants and even a car park, the judging panel had a difficult task in selecting the finalists and winners of each category. The range of exciting and creative projects inspired a lively debate with projects being described as ‘accomplished’, ‘clever’, ‘effective’, ‘innovative’ and ‘delicate’.

The strength of all the projects made for some difficult decisions, however some stand out projects, including The Broad, were unanimously chosen by all. The judging panel was co-chaired by Tina Nordon, Project Director of Conran Partners and Ab Rodgers of Ab Rodgers Design. The judges included Jenny Jones of Studio Jenny Jones, Sacha Leong of Studiolise, Bethan Wood of Studio Wood, Christopher Ash of Project Orange, Arfroditi Krassa of ArfroditiKrassa and Fiona Thompson from Richmond, all of whom are experts in their fields.

Pavlina Akritas, Senior Lighting Designer at Arup, whose project The Broad was declared the supreme winner said:
“It’s clear that this is an incredibly special, visually stimulating building and it’s great for it to have been recognised with this award. The airy, honeycomb-like ‘veil’ that envelopes the structure effectively filters natural daylight across the space, which was a unique and exciting challenge for us to work with. I really believe that this project wouldn’t have been possible without the close collaboration between the client, the architect and the design team.”

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Surface Design Award Winners 2017

Supreme Winner
Project Name: The Broad, USA

Architect / Designer: ARUP/Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler

Commercial Exterior Surface
Project Name:  TAI CHI,  China

Architect / Designer: Kris Lin Interior Design

Commercial Interior Surface
Project Name: Fucina, UK

Architect / Designer: Andy Martin Architecture

Housing Exterior Surface
Project Name: Ruins Studio, UK

Architect / Designer: Lily Jencks Studio + Nathanael Dorent

Housing Interior Surface
Project Name:  Ericeiria House

Architect / Designer:  maria ana vasco costa +  João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos, Portugal

Light & Surface Exterior
Project Name: Redbridge College, UK

Architect / Designer: Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Light & Surface Interior
Project Name: The Broad, USA

Lighting Designer/ Architect: ARUP/Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler

Project Name:  Sacred Heart Cathedral of Kericho Diocese, Kenya

Lighting Design/ Architect:  ARUP/John McAslan + Partners

Public Building Exterior Surface
Project Name:  Ópusztaszer Visitor Center,  Hungary

Architect / Designer:  IVANKA Factory Zrt

Public Building Interior Surface
Project Name: SKYNET,  China

Architect / Designer: Kris Lin International Design

Retail Exterior Surface
Project Name:  Carnaby-Kingly Street and Fouberts Place,  UK

Architect / Designer: Rolfe Judd

Retail Interior Surface
Project Name: Fred Perry Bangkok,  Thailand

Architect / Designer: BuckleyGrayYeoman

Sustainable Exterior Surface
Project Name: Perspectives , UK

Architect / Designer: Giles Miller Studio

Sustainable Interior Surface
Project Name: International Wine and Spirits Museum,  China

Architect / Designer: Shanghai Godophin

Temporary Structure
Project Name: Billboards, UK

Architect / Designer: Giles Miller Studio



Valentines at Bella Freud – Propability delivers a giant replica Bella Freud Parfum bottle

February 9th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Approached by the Bella Freud Studio, Propability created a giant scaled up version of the ‘Close to my Heart’ perfume bottle, standing 1.6 metres tall. The bottle was constructed in MDF and acrylic with a super high gloss paint finish and die cut vinyls applied to exactly replicate the original bottle. It was originally used early last year at Fenwick Bond St and has been refurbished for the Valentine scheme at the Bella Freud stand-alone store in Marylebone.

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Positive outlook for Retail Display industry confirmed by SDEA survey

February 3rd, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Following a period of instability within the UK, the latest SDEA survey reveals a surprisingly large percentage of members are enjoying an increase in sales, which looks set to continue for the year ahead. An encouraging 64% of respondents reported an increase in sales over the past six months and of those the average was of a 17% rise. Less than half this number, 28%, recorded an average decline in sales of 19% and only 8% of members’ sales remained unchanged.

When members were asked to compare sales during the past six months with the same period in the previous year a substantial 48% recorded an increase in sales with 18% being the average sales increase.

Looking ahead a positive outlook was recorded within membership; when asked to forecast sales’ prospects over the next six months the majority expect to see a rise. 52% anticipate a sales increase by an average of 13% and a further 40% forecast sales to remain the same with only 8% expecting a decline in sales.

SDEA Director, Antony Behiels says, “It is encouraging to see that many members’ sales have increased, with this set to continue over the next 6 months. Despite a rise in supplier prices, which has been well reported since the devaluation of Sterling and Brexit, the industry remains relatively buoyant. Of the 76% of members that recorded a supplier price increase, averaging a 5% hike, over half are not looking to pass this on to their customers – testimony to the strength of the retail display industry”.

Shop and Display Equipment Association is Europe’s leading retail display trade organisation and provides excellent support for both its members and the retailer, together with over 60 years’ experience within the industry. SDEA is here to help and provides many services to the retailer including the SDEA retail display directory, website and InfoLine helpline. SDEA offers companies within the industry an excellent package of sales leads, discounts, endorsements and assistance.

    2017 A1 Buyers Guide
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