A new trade event has arrived in London– Retail Design Expo (10-11 March).
The inaugural two-day event, held at Olympia Exhibition center in west Kensington, brought together some 100 exhibitors from all areas of retail design and visual merchandising; lighting manufacturers and design consultancies jostled for space with flooring companies and shopfitters. UK dominated the lineup but contenders from Italy, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Austria, Holland, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and the USA also took part. The conference program was studded with high profile speakers such as Checkland Kindleysides’ Kate Shepherd, David Dalziel of Dalziel and Pow and Boxpark CEO Roger Wade. As for the products (and projects) on show, many were introduced for the first time at the fair. Here, a handful of fresh launches that caught our attention:

Bright Goods filament LED lamps
Bright Goods had its first ever outing at Retail Expo, serving up industrial looking LED lights in various bulb shapes. The products’ dimmable warm glow is bound to appeal to the retailer wanting to add an air of indie ruggedness to its concept.

Kontakt  by Unibox Retail
The self-illuminated shelving system Kontakt is a fuss free affair devoid of wires and connectors – it lights up as soon as it’s fixed to the wall. Said MD Nick Wraith: “In retail, you need to be able to frequently refresh your product display areas; whether it’s by season, collection or promotion – you want to be able to change things quickly, easily and effectively. Kontakt was created with these criteria in mind.”

Challenger Colour Magic by Lumitech
Determined to solve one of the most challenging areas of retail – poor lighting in the fitting room – Challenger ColourMagic offers adjustable light settings in the cubicle to mimic the daylight of different seasons as well as the light found in the office and low-lit restaurants, for example.

Notable store opening – Green Room’s multi-channel concept for Pro Direct
Green Room was among the many respected design consultancies present. One of its most buzzed-about projects is the opening of a new ‘multi-channel store’ concept for digital sportswear retailer Pro Direct, which brings the brand’s online experience to life within the physical retail space. The store is located in London’s Foubert’s Place, just off Carnaby Street.

The next edition of Retail Design Expo will be held 9-10 March 2016.