After graduating, Robert van Embricqs developed a fascination for the complexity of the natural form. Finding inspiration in bone structure, plant life and movement, one question remained ever present in his mind: to what degree is the object you’re creating capable of dictating its own design? This led Robert to develop a minimalistic design approach that can best be described as a collaboration between designer and the used material.
With more and more of our much-loved retail chains dropping off our high street, it’s imperative that today’s retail designs offer consumers much more than a mainstream shopping experience. Here, Inex talks to Owain Roberts, Retail Practice Area Leader and Design Director at world-leading design firm Gensler, about why retailers should be aiming to create exclusive retail experiences that engage with customers and exceed expectations.
Slate has been quarried or mined in mountainous locations throughout the UK for many centuries. Its ability to be cut into flat and easy-to-stack pieces, whilst retaining its natural appearance, meant that slate was traditionally used as a building material to roof houses. Its extremely low water absorption was critical in a rooftop.
After both starting out in visual merchandising for international household names in the homeware sector, Sam Trindade and Louise Bird’s shared passion for creating beautifully styled displays, led them to accepting opportunities to begin their careers in earnest as interior designers. It wasn’t long before the pair decided to take the plunge and pursue their dream to start their own company, Trindade & Bird. Eight years on and now one of the leading interior design firms in Kent, Louise talks to Inex about creating stunning interiors for homes both here in the UK and internationally.