HATCH @ Karrinyup

We recently had the pleasure of designing and installing the visual merchandising concept for the new Hatch pop-up at Karrinyup Shopping Centre in collaboration with The Fashion Council of WA and Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. The brief was to create a uniquely curated space to feature a range of talented WA designers.

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Brookfield Pianos 2015

We were very excited to be asked again to create art installations for the Arts Brookfield Pianos at Brookfield Place. This time we created bright colourful backdrops, developing the idea of geometric houses for the pianos that we could cover in artificial flowers.

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Cocina Bandito @ 140

Wow, this year has certainly started off with a bang! Here is the result of a fantastic collaboration with and for 140 in Perth. A pop-up Cuban eatery called Cocina Bandito in Railway Lane at 140.

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Christmas Gift Hub @ Westfield Whitford City

Well it is of course that time of year so we have been busy with many Christmas visual merchandising projects for our clients! Here is one of the latest that we have been working on for Westfield Whitford City.

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Style Studio @ Westfield Whitford City

When I was asked to create a Style Suite at Westfield Whitford City, I was very excited to use some of the inspiration from the cities and retail experiences I had seen on my recent retail tour and ideas that had developed from this...

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Design Merchants Study Tour: Barcelona

Oh Barcelona, it was so nice seeing you again!

It was so exciting to be in Barcelona again and a great way to finish off the tour with a bang. One of the first things we did was a walking tour, led by Howard Saunders of Echochamber...

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Design Merchants Study Tour: London

I always love going back to London, where I lived for a few years in my early twenties and developed my love of visual merchandising. This visit did not disappoint...

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Design Merchants Study Tour: Stockholm

Once the tour hit Stockholm we had definitely hit our stride. The weather in Stockholm had also just changed and was sunny with a real buzz in the air and everyone out of hibernation, filling the shops and restaurants....

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Design Merchants Study Tour: Seattle

Ok, so to start with let me just say I really loved Seattle! It didn’t hurt that the weather was amazing and we were staying near the water by the Pike Place Markets, which were a definite highlight. The area surrounding it was also full of great bars, shops and cool alleyways that I also loved...

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Street Pianos at Brookfield Place, Perth

We were excited to be asked again to create this years installations on the street pianos for Arts Brookfield in Brookfield Place, Perth....

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Design Merchants Study Tour: San Francisco

Well I have been back from the Westfield Retail Study Tour for almost a week and have gotten straight back into awaiting projects. I have however had a chance to start going through the 4000 or so photos that I took, the three notebooks full of notes and sketches and to debrief from the many interesting conversations I had with the great mix of people on the tour.

With so much to digest from the tour I thought that over the next few weeks I would do a news-post for each of the cities we went to, starting with San Francisco and following with Seattle, Stockholm, London and Barcelona.


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Design Merchants Study Tour

Get ready for a lot of exclamation marks… I have some very exciting news!!!

This May I will be taking part in the Westfield World Retail Study Tour!!! This is an intensive two-week tour of many of the top retail hot-spots and trends from around the world. This year the cities are...

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VM Workshop Series Recap

Well, we had a very successful series of visual merchandising (VM) workshops during February and March, and thanks to all those who attended! These were all held in the Design Merchants Studio and topics ranged from our introductory workshop- ‘VM for Beginners’ to the more intermediate ones, ‘Creating Beautiful Groupings’ and ‘Recycle, Reuse, Revamp: Creating inspiring in-store displays’...


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Design Merchants VM Workshops February-March 2014

Design Merchants
Visual Merchandising Workshops
February – March 2014


Visual Merchandising (VM) is an invaluable tool for businesses and helps to represent your product in the best possible way. Click here to learn more about our latest series of workshops...

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Westfield Whitford City’s Christmas Gift Card Tree

Here are the results of a (very exciting) recent brief which was to create a display to highlight and promote the Westfield Christmas gift cards at Whitford City.

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Fremantle Markets Official Merchandise Stall

Here are the results of a fantastic collaboration with the Fremantle Markets to design and merchandise their new merchandise stall...

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Design Merchants VM Training Day Recap

Well, our first Visual Merchandising Training Day was a hit! We had a fantastic day in the DM studio with a lovely group of people keen to learn more about visual merchandising...

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Arts Brookfield “Sit Play Listen”

As part of Brookfield Place Perth’s Piano Festival, we were asked to create mini-installations on three pianos that were situated throughout the precinct for people to play...

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Urban Locavore WA Artisan Producers Royal Show Stall

I was approached to create a visual merchandising concept for 8 WA artisan producers under the banner of Urban Locavore for their Royal Show stall.

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The Design Merchants VM Training Day

The planning is complete, the venue has been found and the date set which means one thing… the first official Design Merchants Visual Merchandising Training Day is finally happening!

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A Postcard from Design Merchants

Well it is almost two years ago to the day that the Design Merchants website went live and it has been quite a ride so far. I left Freedom in March 2011 after over 13 years as a Visual Merchandiser and State Visual Merchandising Manager ready for a new business and life adventure...

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140 Re-imagined

140 is undergoing an exciting transformation and as part of this they decided to hold a series of intimate events for guests in order to share their new vision for the precinct. Our brief was to create a space that would give guests a taste of the new 140 redevelopment, which will be a vital urban village with an eclectic edge.


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The Reading Room @ Brookfield Place

When I was approached by Brookfield Place Perth to create a space for Save the Children Australia, whom they were partnering with I was just a little bit excited...

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Chocolate Gift Hampers Galore

Well this wasn’t the toughest job I have ever had! Collaborating with the team at Margaret River Chocolate Company to create a range of gift hampers full of their chocolate products and gourmet Providore range. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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A Spoonful of Christmas

The idea for the Christmas window concept for The Margaret River Chocolate Company’s city store window was simple. To capture the childish wonder of Christmas and to celebrate all things chocolate...

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Spring Arrives at The Margaret River Chocolate Co.

Our brief from The Margaret River Chocolate Company was to create a spring inspired window display for their city concept store. The window is also part of Perth Fashion Festival’s Windows of the City competition where people can vote for their favourite spring city window.

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Melbourne VM Highlights

After a busy week in Melbourne checking out the trade fairs and the many shopping areas I am back in the office reenergised and busy working on current projects. It was so exciting to see the attention to detail that so many retailers were putting into their visual merchandising in particular many of the smaller independents.

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Christmas Window Display: “8 Maids A Milking”

We recently had the opportunity to create a window display for City of Perth’s 12 Days of Christmas Trail. Our assigned theme was 8 Maids A Milking.

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Christmas Workshop Top Tips

Christmas is an important opportunity to connect with your customer. By inspiring them with amazing displays and windows you are able to engage them with the product or service you have on offer.

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The Countdown to Christmas

For retailers, there is one main event that cannot be ignored on the retail
calendar- Christmas. Although there are predictions this year that it will
not pull customers out of their retail haze, it is still one of the best
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The Importance of Planning in Visual Merchandising

When undertaking any visual merchandising, whether for a market, shop, event
or expo, it is essential to plan. Without a plan time and money will be
wasted on redoing displays or sales opportunities will be missed if you have
the incorrect fixtures or signage. In the context of the market we have
listed some of our top tips for preparing a market stall for market day in
our latest guest blog for Perth Upmarket: Preparing Your Market Stall for The Big Day.

You can also see our previous guest blog for Perth Upmarket on The Add-on
value of Visual Merchandising in the Market Environment
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Perth's Evolving Market Scene

It has been exciting to see the market scene in Perth emerging over the past few years into a fully-fledged arena for locally designed and hand-made products. One aspect that has been encouraging to see is the market stallholders’ awareness and willingness to learn about visual merchandising and its impact on their brand recognition and sales. Having presented several visual merchandising workshops for the market stall holders from Perth Upmarket as well as doing one-on-one consultations, we have seen this first hand...

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Hello world!

Hello!

Welcome to the Design Merchants News page. This is where you’ll find all the latest news, advice, tips and developments in the world of Visual Merchandising with Design Merchants.

Much more to follow...