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V M Design Show 2016

Posted by Cat in UmbrellaDesign

One of our Senior Deisgners Adam Hewitt and Junior Intern Monika Sowa visited this years event to see what inspirational ideas we can all take from the V&M and Design Show 2016.  

Museum of Brands

Posted by Cat in UmbrellaDesign

Recently advertised in Time Out, the museum of brands is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours on your weekend.  Situated just a short walk from Ladbrook Grove tube station, it is easily accessible and not far from the bustling Portobello Road. James from our Design Team popped down to che...

Retail Design Expo 2016

Posted by Cat in UmbrellaDesign

Last week some of the Umbrella team visited the Retail design Expo, Olympia. Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in Retail Design and Visual Merchandising from around the world. Following its launch in March 2015 it doubled in size for 2016 and we wanted to share some ...

Luminaire Arts Launch

Posted by Sue in UmbrellaDesign

Opening their new gallery  in Belgravia last night. Luminaire Arts was founded to represent original, emerging and established British artists. Started from a London studio where artists wanted to showcase their work collectively to art lovers, interior designers and architects all year round,...

Benefit Spitalfields Boutique

Posted by Sue in UmbrellaDesign

“Who said make-up had to be serious to be good!? Benefit Cosmetics delivers quick fixes for every gal's beauty dilemmas, mixing know-how with a double dose of wackiness.”  And, there is nowhere better to experience their super new Boutique than Spitalfields. Two new floors of fun ...

Surface Design Show - beauty and detail

Posted by Cat in UmbrellaDesign

This week we attended the Surface Design Show. An opportunity to keep up with the latest trends in design and innovative and inspiratiuonal materials and meet new designers and artisan products.   Unlike last year where it seemed to be mainly flooring and wall coverings you can see ...

London Lumierre 2016

Posted by Cat in UmbrellaDesign

A festival of lights on to the streets of London organised by Artichoke. Bringing people out into the streets on an otherwise cold and quiet time of year “a chance to beat the winter blues and see the city differently”. The Umbrella team visited 3 of the 4 locations, taking in the sight...

What makes UK retail design great

Posted by Cat in UmbrellaDesign

In the third part in our series of interviews with Umbrella Design, we talk to Managing Director, Mark Fanthorpe, about the relationship between retail and design and look at what the high street of the future might look like. What are the Big Challenges Facing Retailers Right Now?  For me, t...

how to entice customers through your door

Posted by Sue in UmbrellaDesign

Introduction Getting footfall is probably the most important part of any retail business, even if your door is a virtual door. It’s the age-old problem - how to inspire shoppers to make a bee line for your store, and then, keep them returning for more? And whether you’re new to the ga...

Voisins of Jersey unveils Fashion showcase

Posted by Cat in UmbrellaDesign

Following the completion of its revamped beauty department, Voisins, Jersey’s premiere department store, has today opened the doors on the latest phase in its evolution – the modernisation of its womenswear department. Playing on a hexagonal design motif the new premium fashion departme...