Artistic Retail Design
A look at creative collaborations between artist and retail.

LN-CC

Late Night Chameleon Cafe (LN-CC) is a new retail concept for men and women, consisting of an online shop and concept store. The store is located in the depths of East London, with visits by appointment only.

The store holds both new and archive collections based around the concept of unisex styling, music, books and limited worldwide releases.

The collaborative creative design and retail space was brought about by Jon Skelton (Oki-Ni and Harrods) and Dan Mitchell (Oki-Ni), the creative concept space by set designer Gary Card is more installation piece than traditional shop fit.

The space is purposed to act as more than a retail space, with concept rooms and a club space linked together by an indoor forest and futuristic skeletal tunnel constructed from raw wood and orange acrylic.  LN-CC becomes an evolving platform of curated ideas encompassing clothing, music and art in both a physical and digital environment.

images courtesy of LN-CC.

www.ln-cc.com

Chicks On Speed

Chicks on Speed are a group of artists musicians and designers who mix pop aesthetics, instrumental performance,  set design and sculpture.  The collective cross barriers between creative industries, music and performance resulting in an intuitive mix of objects, art and fashion.

Their current exhibition at the Kate MacGarry gallery includes pieces form their new collection of self-made “Objekt Instruments” which act simultaneously as machine, instrument and sculpture.: from E-shoes, high-heeled shoes with ropes and an amplifier that sounds like electric guitars. They are the world’s first high-heeled shoe guitar, created in collaboration with the award-winning shoe designer Max Kibardin. The collection also includes the Cigar Box Synthesizer, cigar boxes transformed into working synths.

images courtesy of Chicks on Speed.

http://www.chicksonspeed.com

These collaborations take on a creative approach which is generated through combining creative processes.  The result can be a conceptual space that intrigues consumers and encourages interaction with merchandise. Whether it creates a functional space or object is not always priority as long as it is pushing boundaries in a creative way.  

Supermarket Sarah

Supermarket Sarah an online shopping site that hosts collaborative selling with other creative,  designers, and artists.  People can browse the styled walls of merchandise and buy each unique item online. A 3d display becomes a 2d interactive web page creating  links between the ever developing world of retail and technology.  When items have been purchased a SOLD sign will pop up when scrolled over.

After a successful wall was installed in Selfridges Pop-up shop, from January 2011 Supermarket Sarah will be launching her range of items in Selfridges London, on the ground floor.

The inspiring compositions created by Supermarket Sarah act as creative pieces in themselves. Compositions are created through symmetric shelving and duplicated objects with complimentary colour products displayed together in interesting groups.

images courtesy of Supermarket Sarah.

We think that Supermarket Sarah is a great example of the 3D space and the online space. Where retail and technology combine to make a visually aesthetic and interactive site.  Installing a wall at Selfridges only goes to prove it’s success, hopefully it will maintain it’s interactive aspect which we think adds the unique edge to SS.

Supermarket Sarah presents Christmas.

http://www.supermarketsarah.com

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