a small group gathered to talk retail

We held the Retail Institute Design night in our Waterloo showroom the other week. For those of you who missed the intro post about Ryan and his work, you can check it out here.

A small group gathered and Ryan shared a little about his approach to design. What he looks for, what inspires him and how he goes about the design process.

> Take inspiration from outside the industry.

> Aim to create emotion and feeling within a space. Sometimes with a hammer, other times with a velvet glove.

> We try to create a unique design response which is technically sound and functionally robust. Everything we try and do as designers is unique, it only becomes a trend because someone else wanted one…

> Have local thoughts. Take a worldly view.

> Get buy in from the client team [with one project they gave each staff member $60 and asked them to buy a boardroom chair].

> Make them sticky. Create spaces which people want to hang out in.

> Thoughtful design is inherently sustainable. Re-imagine. Re-Use. Re-frame.

> Re-use what you can.

> Bigger is not always better. In fact, sometimes being quiet is the best disruption.

> Social ownership = longevity. How can you create shared ownership?

> Remember that community spaces are not “shops”. They are part of the overall fabric of a community, social, environmental and retail. Think about the social impact of what you do – on people, on the street.

This is just a taste of some of the things he talked about. I really enjoyed listening to his approach and it’s  a pleasure to hear someone who is undoubtedly great at what they do, distill what it is they do. A great night was had by all. Oh and the delicious roast suckling pig rolls with chutney from Bistrode were a delicious accompaniment. Thanks Jane and Jeremy. Again.

ryan russell on retail interiors

We love retail design and we’re big supporters of the Retail Design Industry. This week we’re hosting the  Retail Institute of Design event at our design showroom in Waterloo Sydney which features a presentation by Ryan Russell and no doubt a chilled glass of something delicious. Ryan Russell has built a reputation as a creative multi-disciplinary design studio, specialising in Architecture, Interior Design, Set Design, Graphic and Industrial Design. He has worked with Woods Bagot and Cox Architects and Planners, and is the designer behind Left in Melbourne’s Gertrude street Fitzroy and more recently, contemporary design house Tait in Melbourne.

Ryan recently won the inaugural Retail Design Institute Award for his stunning design of the Aesop store, Westfield Doncaster and has recently formed Russell & George, a partnership with Architect Byron George. You can have a stickybeak at some of Russell’s other work here

Yellow Trace have posted a great interview with Ryan  here

And for more information on the event click here

Many of Ryan’s jobs have been shot by Dianna Snape, you can check out some of her other work here and here

Ok then.