Crossing another milestone in In Store Asia 2012 always leaves me with an elated feeling of finishing a great chapter and flipping a page to move to the beginning of new one. The sheer anticipation of what’s in store this year and how it will unfold in a dynamic market like India is exciting in itself. Last issue we covered the event of In Store Asia and the celebration of excellence in the community of Retail Design and Visual Merchandising in the sharing of knowledge and success stories from India and overseas ending on a high note in the VMRD Awards. We are, as always, delighted to create a platform for the congregation of the retail design industry and playing the role of a catalyst in gathering and reporting transforming stories from across the globe that add value and make a difference to our readers. This issue of VM&RD brings you interesting ideas in design and visual merchandising in stories and trends from India and the international markets. The Indian stories have a bouquet of Indian ethnic store concepts like a unique and glamorous boutique for designer label Manav Gangwani , an urbanized ethnic fashion debutant called Mineral and the birth of a new fashionable enterprise called Seven East. International inspirations in India are featured in a multi-cuisine food outlet Lebmex and cool casual fashion brand IZOD from the US. New International trends in retail design are featured in a techno driven slumber solution provider store Sleep Number, Wormland- an arty fashion store and the Aura – a super glitzy entertainment destination. Adding eye-catching ideas to the read are reports on window displays from Lifestyle with real cool summer windows and unconventional abstract art windows from Antropologie that use just dripping paint to create drama. We also have an interesting and informative chat with Balaji Natarajan, Head - Visual Merchandising, Store Design and Branding at Tanishq on his journey in the ever changing retail industry of India. Our regular columnist Surender Gnanaolivu draws attention to an upcoming trend of pop-up stores and its impact on the Business of Design with some innovative adaptations of this trend from across the world. We have also got new product launches from Wim Plast and Nitco and News updates on new retail design and presentation projects that have taken shape in the Indian market. Overall, loads of interesting information with learning and thought provoking ideas that are sure to make a difference.
Read on and have a great time!