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

Park Avenue Seasonality

A few weeks ago, I was staring out the window of a NYC Taxi trying not to wince as we almost got flattened by a truck, and a bright yellow awning emblazoned with the word “summer” in bold, capitalized letters grabbed my attention. I caught a glimpse through the window as we whizzed by and had a vague impression of an interior dripping with vibrant plants, but before I could get a really good look we were off again.  Read more of this post

The Making of Harry Potter

FRCH Creative Fuel, The Making of Harry Potter

Back in 2000 an enterprising production team made its way to a UK film studio. The idea was based on a book about a young boy with a lighting-bolt-shaped scar who learns that he is a wizard. Hundreds of talented individuals brought to life a decade worth of productions for the Harry Potter films, based on seven enchanted books by beloved author JK Rowling. Read more of this post

The Art of Themed Entertainment and The Lincoln Museum

IMG_1566The Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois is filled with high-end historical dioramas. Designed by friends at BRC Imagination Arts, the displays help to bring history to a more personal level by placing the audience in the middle of the action. Read more of this post

EuroShop 2017: The Borough Market

The Borough Market, London

Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference and nearby travel all week!

The Borough Market has existed in one form or another for nearly 1,000 years and if you’ve ever visited this London institution, you understand it’s centuries-old appeal.  Read more of this post

EuroShop 2017: London’s Artful Store Environments

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Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference and nearby travel all week!

These eye catching London retail spaces are not just store environments, but art forms that intrigue. Rather than quiet, neutral backdrops for the product, these spaces take the opposite approach; they successfully surprise and delight with bold materiality and captivating displays. The result is a memorable store environment that is exciting to visit and, in turn, generates customers who become loyal brand advocates. Read more of this post

EuroShop 2017: Paustian House

Paustian House, Copenhagen
Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference and nearby travel all week!

Today, we had the opportunity to visit the Paustian House on the waterfront in Copenhagen. A curated “House” (as they call the showroom) includes exquisitely designed and crafted furniture – Paustian’s own pieces, as well as well known designer brands like Knoll and Vitra. Read more of this post