Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer

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While visiting New York last week, I was lucky enough to take an afternoon to gather inspiration at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A colleague had explicitly recommended that I NOT miss the Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer exhibit – a once in a lifetime display of the artist’s work. Read more of this post

Delivering Personality at Coppola

Coppola Winery

Over the Holiday break, my family and I took a trip out to Napa Valley to experience Wine Country. We visited a number of fantastic wineries, but one of the places that most inspired me was the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. It wasn’t even the beautiful grounds themselves or the quality wine that most inspired me, it was the way they brought Coppola’s personality to life in every aspect of the experience, from the environment to the naming of wines.  Read more of this post

Everlane Opens Physical Store

Everlane, NYC, Creative Fuel

The recently opened Everlane store, in New York’s NoLita neighborhood, is another interesting chapter in the evolution of retail.  Everlane, one of the most successful and innovative, digitally native brands, has brought their unique POV to their first permanent physical retail space. Eschewing many of the “new rules of retail”, they have chosen to enter brick-and-mortar retail not with an emphasis on social media flashiness and attention-getting technology, but by focusing on the age-old fundamentals of retail. Creating a store filled with natural light, generous fitting rooms and knowledgeable staff; the store in many ways feels and functions more like a store from the past then one from “the future”.  Read more of this post

San Francisco Holiday Cheer

Holidays in San Francisco

This time of year NYC gets lauded so much praise for its holiday grandeur – from the big tree at Rockefeller, to the holiday parades – even the storefront windows become something of visual merchandising legend. That being said, sometimes it’s the smaller gestures that count, and upon a recent trip to San Francisco I found the holiday spirit alive in the city in a much more casual, California way.  Read more of this post

Leaders of The New School | Platform LA

IMG_3055While in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago I soaked in a little more than sunny skies and heavy traffic. I spied Platform LA, an eye-catching retail concept situated in the often skipped over, but up-and-coming, Culver City. At first, the shopping district appears to take the form of a familiar outdoor mall but quickly revealed a refreshing twist – one-off retailers, restaurants, and art galleries for a destination-worthy, shopping experience. Platform LA serves up a branded shopping experience with a distinct “between the brands” expression that comes across through their tailored curation of retailers, a commitment to the arts, respite inspired landscaping, and an encouraging tone of voice that acts as a playful counter to their on-site wayfinding. Read more of this post

Beyond the 3 x 6 White Tile

CeramicTech Italy Trip

This year I had the opportunity to travel abroad with Ceramic Technic. Many of their factories and showrooms are based out of the Bologna area of Italy. Our days were filled with showroom tours exposing us to the European favorite: ‘large format tile’ (because of its sleek and modern appearance) as well as the most beautiful hand-painted tile. Read more of this post

The Blending of Retail: RH Chicago

The retail, hospitality and restaurant industries are blending, now more than ever, and there’s no better example than the 3 Arts Club Cafe and the Restoration Hardware flagship in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The high-end furniture brand transformed an early-20th-century landmark into a one-of-kind destination – part art gallery, part restaurant – the 70,000 SF space certainly offers more than just retail. Read more of this post