Monthly Archives: November 2012

Retail Interiors make a splash

Posted on November 27, 2012 by Megan

The WAN Retail & Leisure Interiors Awards are well under way and submissions have included many innovative designs. The variety of projects have been impressive as this year the award stretches across four distinct categories: Bars & Restaurants, Hotels & Service outlets (such as spas), Arts and Leisure (including museums, cultural centres and exhibitions), and Retail Outlets.

With such a wide range of projects included, this year’s award is set to be a design extravaganza that will showcase many different and unusual designs. An eye-catching entry this week comes from Orbit Design Studio (Bangkok, Thailand) for their project, Allure. The design for restraunteur Cipriani’s new yacht club in Abu Dhabi is modern and refined. Using texture and form, Orbit creates an adaptable interior that lends itself to the luxury nature of the brand. Lighting and the division of space, through modular furniture and screens, add to the contemporary environment.

Allure by Cipriani, Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. By Orbit Design

Closer to home, Leicestershire based design studio officeTwelve were invited by Speedo to design and build an event space in the prestigious Harrods department store. The ‘Swimming Pool’ installation would attract over 5,000 customers over a 4 week period and would present female fashion swimwear, male and female training swimwear and the new Hero Collection range.

The ‘Swimming Pool’ concept displayed diving mannequins entering from the ceiling into a pool of water which coincided with water effect lighting. Bubble walls encasing running water provided an added sensory experience with pool ladders also entering from the ceiling all complete the underwater experience that attracted huge interest from tourists all over the world.

“The Harrods team was really impressed with the result,” said the Speedo Trade Marketing Manager.

“The head of retail for Sports said it was the best execution in that area he had ever seen!”

Speedo at Harrods by officeTwelve

The Retail and Leisure Interiors Award closes at the end of the year so there is still plenty of time to enter your project. We are looking for all types of interior design across the four categories listed above from small independent shops to large superstores, pop-up exhibitions and hotel suites.

For all the information you need on submission guidelines and how to enter your projects, just visit our website. We are looking forward to seeing the full spectrum of projects, from the luxury to the obscure, the aesthetically indulgent to the down right practical!

To check out the competition and view all the latest entries just visit our project page.

We look forward to reading your comments!


Food court interior casts new light

Posted on November 2, 2012 by Megan

The WAN Retail and Leisure Interiors Award 2012 will showcase the best in interior design over the following categories:

Retail Outlets and Centres
Arts & Leisure
Hotels and service retailers
Restaurants & Bars

We are interested in all types of projects that fall under this umbrella, from pop-up exhibition spaces to the luxury interiors of department stores and shops. We have had some interesting entries so far, evidence of the diverse nature of this award.

Australian design studio, The Uncarved Block, entered their interior project for Melbourne Central, a landmark shopping centre in the city’s CBD district. The interior has a seating capacity of 800 serviced by 16 food outlets. The Uncarved Block challenge was to create a restaurant dining design approach to a high volume mass food eatery.

The creative benchmark developed for the food court is an iconic twenty metre long “box” sliced horizontally and “carved” to incorporate custom seating. Interpreted in a blend of mosaic tiles, this whimsical illustration by TUB took its inspiration from a post Global Financial Crisis. It evokes “brighter days” and prescribes a return to imagination, sense of freedom, nature and life. For children it is visual entertainment. We hoped that in capturing the curiosity of infants, it would provide at least five minutes breathing space for parents to relax, eat and drink.

The Uncarved Block

As with all our awards, we will bring together a melting pot of industry experts to judge the Retail and Leisure Interiors Award. So far we have confirmed Fiona Livingstone of Studiofibre: renowned for her Net-a-Porter interiors; Juliet Kinsman, Editor-in-Chief of Mr and Mrs Smith; British Designer, Christopher Jenner; Paul Hanegraaf, Creative Navigator Milligan Retail, London; and Stephen Jones, the Regional Managing Principal for Woods Bagot, Asia.

Enter you project today to take advantage of our Early Bird discount rate.

But be quick, Early Bird ends on 15 November!