With the onset of the new age in retail, consumer expectations for newer and innovative retail experiences have escalated. Brands and retailers are constantly looking for innovations in materials and shop-build equipment to deliver differentiated and memorable spatial experiences in their stores. To stimulate ideas and imagination for Store Design and Visual Merchandising, VM&RD has endeavored to put together 5 Top Innovative Materials every month available from a global palette. I hope this will help readers to get interesting information that could be of use when they are reimagining and recreating their retail environments to attract, engage and acquire new age consumers.
CORING WILLOW FLEXIBLE GLASS LAMINATE:
Gleaming glass finishes are a hallmark of today’s sleek building designs. Modern glass also combines perfectly with some of the construction industry’s latest technology, resulting in a whole new level of efficiency and affordability.
It all starts with super-slim, flexible glass, so thin that it can be rolled into long spools like paper. The rolls can carry as much as 4000 square feet of glass on a single spool, making it much easier to ship and handle than flat sheets. Processors can roll the glass onto a traditional flat building material – medium density fiberboard (MDF), for example – and create a durable, glistening laminate.
This is where the convergence of construction technology and contemporary glass starts to reap even bigger benefits. The glass increases the durability of the substrate, adding a scratch-resistant, easy to clean, beautiful surface that can be designed to suit any taste.