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Our Retail Design Blog contains the latest trends & ideas in retail, and is solely dedicated to retail design & display.
It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of sustainability in retail was something of a niche concept, reserved for luxury retailers that incorporated some foliage within their store layout.
In the world of retail, it really is no secret that pop-ups are getting even more- if you’ll pardon the pun -popular. The fact that they are so temporary is a huge factor in what actually makes th
Our Exhibition Stand Design Ideas Blog contains the latest ideas, trends, and innovations in the exhibition & event industry.
The term is heard a lot in retail - but what does it actually mean, and how can retailers provide the experience shoppers are coming to expect.
First and foremost, the entire Unibox team would like to say “thank you!” to everyone who visited our stand at RetailEXPO 2019.
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for not one, but two Creative Retails Awards.
Over the years we’ve racked up quite a bit of experience working on some amazing exhibition spaces, whether that’s collaborating with an agency, specifier or end-user.
Over the last few years, we’ve all got to know the technicalities of LED lighting a little better, with measures such as colour temperature now a common element we look to control in almost any env
Despite a difficult festive period, sales at leading fashion retailer Primark are up 7.5% compared to last year.
Interior designers, whether they’re focused on retail or architectural applications, are well versed with the importance of adding graphics to an environment.
Signage is everywhere in stores, both interior and exterior signage helps make a brand and the products it sells recognisable to its existing and potential customers.
Experiential retail has been around for a while now.
We have been manufacturing display cabinets and showcases for over 25 years working with clients such as Goldsmiths, Christopher Evans and F.Hinds to develop effective jewellery display cabinets an
There are four shop layout design & retail space design techniques that crop up time and time again.
We’re incredibly proud to announce that we were winners at last night’s Creative Retail Awards, with Kontakt winning the “Most innovative display product”.
The doors have closed on another brilliant Retail Design Expo, where we exhibited our latest products and innovations, showing how they can be utilised by retailers to create engaging store designs
In just a decade, the role of the retail store has, and is continuing, to change significantly.
Last week we exhibited at Surface Design Show 2018, and had a fantastic time showcasing our latest lighting innovations to the show’s architects and designers.
We’re incredibly proud to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at Surface Design Show 2018!
Whether shopping in store or online, omni-channel retail aims to provide customers with seamless retail experiences.
After making its debut at Lux Live, we decided to create a buzz around our Neonist Manchester Bee and offer Lux Live visitors a chance to win it for their office!
It's that time of year again! The streets are full of busy shoppers and the shop windows have all had their festive transformations.
The worker bee has been the city of Manchester’s official symbol for decades - dating back to the 19th century.
We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at Lux Live 2017!
The Unibox Tension Fabric System (TFS) combines tension graphics and precision-engineered aluminium frames to create branded, reconfigurable displays capable of adapting to any retail or exhibition
Signage is an essential part of making your business identifiable to existing and potential customers.
How are promotional stands evolving?
The doors have officially closed on the inaugural darc room exhibition, and what an exhibition it was!
SuperDry have reopened one of their most visited UK stores, in the Trafford Centre, Manchester, with Unibox once again helping launch their new store concept.
With LED lighting now mainstream in commercial and residential environments, most people know about the effect varying colour temperatures can create.
The digital world has heavily changed the way people shop, both in store and online. Customers now expect more from a single shopping experience.
We’ve had an incredible 2017, and with no signs of that slowing down, we’re looking for experienced production operatives to join our team.
Unibox have been advocates of LED Lighting, and the advanced application of lighting, into display structures for the last decade.
Of all the elements incorporated within visual merchandising, window displays are often the most direct in attracting potential new customers.
Shop lighting solutions - Why LED Lighting?
When booking your exhibition stand at a tradeshow your main aim as a business is to attract visitors and engage them with all aspects of your brand, services and products.
Shopping centres have always been the go to place for the ultimate in-store retail experience, with many names and stores all under one roof.
Our partnership with SuperDry has seen us assist in launching their new store concept in Manchester alongside their largest ever store in Berlin.
Both mobile technology and social media are at forefront of our daily lives, and with retailers constantly looking for new ways to attract consumers and drive sales, they’re turning to social media
We’ve worked with retailers, event companies and interior specialists across the globe to create illuminated displays (Lightboxes) that draw attention to products & areas.
When designing, there are multiple visual merchandising techniques that designers are thought to abide by, from movement & repetition to proportion & variety.
In late 2016, the Unibox team worked with the Design Museum to create a range of lightboxes, promoting their latest exhibitions and providing information to visitors.
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, businesses must prioritise spend. While, previously, exhibitions were a great way to escape from the day-to-day, today all attendance must be justified.
Your exhibition stand is booked, and now the pressure is on to deliver - generating leads for your sales team to follow up on post-show.
Despite the popularity of online shopping, brick-and-mortar stores are fighting back.
Light is essential for human life, as such what is the importance of light in our field, and can different retail lighting techniques affect the success of retail display?
Lightboxes are used for illuminating graphic displays, and are created using an outer frame, a graphic - usually fabric or duratrans which are designed to permeate light, and LED lighting - housed
Over the last few years we’ve been invited to create solutions for a range of prestigious projects, from illuminating Leeds’ heritage within KPMG to rollout projects for SuperDry.
Following the news that one of the UK’s best-known department stores, Debenhams, will be deploying a new strategy that aims to redefine its relevance to the ‘new’ (read: digital) shopper, we though
Window features are traditionally the iconic moments of theatre that catch attention and tempt buyers in store, or attempt to stick in the mind of viewers, resulting in a later online purchase.
We’re committed to providing our clients with an impeccable experience when they engage with us.
The US retail industry offers a huge opportunity for businesses, with the likes of Arcadia, SuperDry and Primark expanding their presence in the US market recently.
Following on from my overview of the Nike and adidas stores in New York, I wanted to take a look at the illuminated features employed by both brands in-store.
These are two stores that have received a lot of attention and coverage since they opened recently. I was able to visit both and wanted to compare aspects of the two side by side.
Retailers are constantly looking at new ways to improve experiences for their customers.
In 2017, format development is set to shake up the high-street.
Working on the huge new Kranzler store with SuperDry presented a few interesting challenges, most notably, multiple structural concrete pillars throughout the floor area.
We all know the emergence of online forced fashion retailers to change the way they did business.
Every retailer has an ideal customer type, be it wealthy women over 30 with a penchant for exclusivity, or students seeking fast-fashion at bargain prices.
Savvy retailers know that lighting is crucial.
Standing out from the crowd in retail design is a constant challenge.
We’re incredibly excited to announce we’ll be exhibiting at Euroshop 2017, which takes place from 5th - 9th March. You’ll find us in Hall 12, on stand A17-4 in the Designer Village.
Unibox helped Superdry to illuminate its biggest ever store.
A successful 2017 starts with the right preparation.
This week's Retail Design Blog looks at Dalziel & Pow's brilliant interpretation of the Missguided brand, Aspinal of London's modern take on luxury design, and Prada's latest flagship.
This week we look at Ippolito-Fleitz Group's controversial take on Office Interior design, Adidas Originals' monumental Dubai pop-up, and Estúdio Jacarandá cartoon-based stand.
Everybody loves a good Christmas advertisement. From Coca-Cola’s iconic Holidays are Coming, to Irn-Brus’ Snowman, nothing is more synonymous with the start of the festive period.
This week's Retail Design Inspiration comes from EDGE"s new concept store for Costa Coffee, Burberry's brilliant Christmas window display in Harrods, and Aesop's latest London store design.
This week's Exhibition & Event Inspiration features Panerai's modular structures & illuminated backwall, Alberto Rey and Tipi Studio's simplistic yet authentic pop-up space, and AEPioneer's
This week's Exhibition Stand Design Blog focuses on Hello Wood's integrated lighting installation, Palmberg's office-concept exhibition space, and Pianegonda's illuminated stand.
This week's Retail Design Blog looks at Aesop's latest Munich store, Sketch's authentic retail design & Gentle Monster's eclectic mix of styles.
Pop-up retail is worth an estimated £2.3bn to the UK economy.
This week's Event & Exhibition Inspiration comes from Gaggenau's minimalist approach to exhibition stand design, Riga Motor Museum's unconventional graphic displays, and Coordination Asia's ill
This week's Retail Design Blog focuses on Apple's Foster & Partners-designed concept applied to their Regent Street store, Wrangler's focus on graphic display and lighting in their Bangkok stor
Customer expectations are evolving. Often, today's shoppers are looking for more than a fast acquisition. Instead, they want a shopping experience.
This week's retail design blog looks at Adidas' flagship in Russia, Stomping Ground's minimal store aesthetic, and Thaipanstudio's small-scale modular framework system.
This week's exhibition design inspiration comes from Nike's simple (yet brilliant) neon-clad exhibition stands, The V&A's foil-based dynamic display, and Patternity's unusual installation at Lo
This week we look at Puma's regenerated Tokyo Black Label store, India Mahdavi's process of designing the new REDValentino concept, and You Are Here's non-confirmist sportswear space.
This week's exhibition & event inspiration comes from Dalziel & Pow's high impact display in Parliament, Coca-Cola's complex bubble structure, and Enercon's conversion focused event space.
This week we look into Thakoon's first venture into physical retail with a brilliant design, Rhoda's interesting use of weathered copper and repurposed materials, and Cottonink's plinth design.
This week we look at O/M’s approach to creating custom areas for each of their products, BMW’s brilliant event featuring integrated ‘speed’ lighting and Bjarke Ingels’ maze concept.
This weeks retail design blog looks at Dalziel & Pow's localisation of high street retailer Oasis, Tanner Goods' authentic material focus in their new flagship, and Louis Vuitton's collaboratio
This week we look at a fresh approach to modular display stands, from the Massana School of Art & Design, along with Paul Smith's world tour highlighting his work throughout the years, and Sony
This summer we welcomed Fay to the Marketing & Accounts teams, so she could get to grips with what life in the real world is like after college & university.
This weeks retail design blog takes inspiration from New Balance’s Boston Flagship - featuring brilliant product framing techniques, Personal Point’s integration of store design with nature, and Ae
This week we look at how different materials can be used in exhibition spaces to create interesting and eye-catching effects, from using every day objects such as cardboard boxes as signage treatme
In the retail world, we’ve seen the rise of authentic design, which focuses on the use of natural materials to create an ‘honest’, relatable environment.
This weeks retail design inspiration comes from Yumalove's brilliant shelving in their childrens-wear focused concept, Brioni's high elegance approach to retail design and layout, and Aesop's lates
We’ve been working with neon (or for full disclosure - an LED alternative to neon) for a couple of years now, and have worked on some amazing projects, whilst discovering some brilliant uses of it
This weeks retail design inspiration comes courtesy of Apple's new store aesthetic in Williamsburg, Nike's collaboration with Kith for their NYC pop up, and Komplementair's authentic retail design
The customer experience is central to the success of most commerce strategies. Today’s shoppers want more than the opportunity to just buy stuff; they want a shopping experience.
This week we look at simple methods of catching the eye at a trade show or exhibition stand.
This weeks retail inspiration comes from Superdry - in their new concept store, Dresses store - fusing vintage style & modern finishes, and ZaoZuo's new modular display system.
This week we explore how technology has been used to improve exhibition stands, particularly in terms of creating an engaging experience around a product or service.
This week our retail design blog focuses on Fendi’s brilliant neon & shelving displays in Selfridges, WS2’s all white interior with clever use of lighting, and Lukstudio’s framework & produ
There are 1.3 million business events held in the UK every year and over 85 million event attendees.
This week our focus is on exhibition stands that are designed to sell.
This weeks retail inspiration comes from Stone Island, Sonos, and Feuilles
Over the years, we’ve extended the range of finishes & colours our lightboxes can be created with, from matt powder coating to custom colour aluminium profiles.
Light, or the perception of light, can be used to great effect, making it an essential design element in any modern exhibition stand.
Over the next two weeks, we’ll look at two of the most prominent objectives when deciding to exhibit at a trade show: generating brand awareness, and increasing sales.
This weeks retail inspiration comes from Dyson, Total Sports and Gentle Menswear.
This week we look at light, or the perception of light, in exhibition stand design.
Bleacher Report - Neon & Modular
A distinctive personality makes a brand memorable. And, because personality helps customers to become emotionally attached to a brand, it also makes retailers more competitive.
This week we’ve seen some great examples of how fabric graphics can be used in different applications in exhibition stands, that all serve a specific purpose: raising awareness.
Nike - Millington Associates
This weeks' Retail Inspiration comes from Levi's, Tate Modern & ROC Mondriaan.
Levi's Concession Display
With the cost of retail space rising, many brands are incorporating concession displays into larger stores.
This week our project inspiration takes a different focus, towards exhibition stand design.
This week, our favourite projects revolve around the way different finishes are used within stores.
Following our recent rebrand, our team have been working hard updating our Manchester HQ with new logos & designs throughout, and considering we've been in our HQ for 6 years now - that's no ea
This weeks’ blog definitely has a consistent theme, with slim gauge frameworks all appearing in different applications, with different finishes in all three of our favourite projects of the week.
Welcome to our round up of recent projects that have inspired us/caught our eye from the world of retail, exhibition and lighting.
Nike+ Run Club Omotesando, Japan
Despite increasing pressure when it comes to proving the value of events, too many exhibitors are still failing to integrate technology into their exhibition stand designs.
When Ian told us he was going for a swift 43 mile walk in Cumbria this last weekend, we thought he’d finally gone mad!
Exhibitions are a great way to promote your products and services, and to showcase your brand to a captive and targeted audience. However, there’s no denying that they’re also hard work.
Milan Design Week is an incredible annual design event the spreads across the entire city.
As you probably already know, after over a year of research and intensive design work we were able to launch our new branding and company website (this one) on the 1st March, but our first main out
We recently worked on a project that involved the use of concrete treatments, throughout the research element of this project we became very aware of this material and its popularity within the cur
Relevancy is a challenge that faces all retailers. Design trends change rapidly, and, all too often a store’s interior can look dated or out of sync with its customers.
Unibox as a company is constantly growing and with it our brand has been evolving. This is partly down to the clients we work with, but it is mostly a result of the way we work.
It seems new additions to the team are like buses, nothing for a while then two come along in quick succession.
As a company Unibox is constantly growing both metaphorically and physically, the current extension to our factory is being matched by the growth within the team.
In response to a project we are currently looking into we wanted to take a broader look at the use of transitional areas within retail environments; stairwells, escalators and atriums.
On March 9th-10th anyone who is anyone in the world of retail will be heading to Olympia exhibition centre in London for the 2016 Retail Design Expo/Retail Digital Signage Expo, and this is one eve
Earlier this year, Sir Philip Green sold British Home Stores to relatively unknown company Retail Acquisitions.
For November’s audit, we decided to turn our attention to Birmingham; a city that, in recent times has taken leaps and bounds in the retail world with development in its offering with a number of m
What a night………WE WON!
A simple walk down the high street or a visit to a retail outlet and you can easily spot a popular growing trend of the use of large format lightboxes.
For the third year running, Lumenal, our LED lighting sister company, will be exhibiting at the Lux Live exhibition at Earls Court on November 20th – 21st on Stand H11.
As a company we have over 25 years’ experience within our sector, and during this time we have worked with many companies on a wide range of solutions.
The retail industry has had to constantly adapt in line with the rise of social technologies.
For the third year running (no pun intended…) the Unibox & Lumenal team donned their trainers and fitness gear for another Great Manchester Run.
In March this year, the very first Google Shop opened in a Curry’s PC World in London.
In recent years, retailers have faced unprecedented concerns surrounding physical retail stores.
With Cyber Monday upon us and the first day of Advent underway, we decided to step away from technology and out into the real world to take a look at some of this year’s most engaging Christmas sto
Last month, we ventured to the city of amour, Paris, to see our latest Modular Exhibition System in place at the Maison et Objet trade show. With some 3,445 exhibitors and over 66,962 visitors, Mai
Manchester-based modular retail and graphic display manufacturer, Unibox, is proud to announce its latest venture – Unibox Sports Promotions.
In April, Unibox launched a new product, Ledge 105 at the VM Show in London. Ledge 105 features the latest in LED edge lighting technology, making it possible to create sophisticated lightboxes whi
Once again Unibox and Lumenal had a team of honed athletes running in the UK’s biggest and best 10km run to raise money for St Ann’s Hospice.
Manchester-based retail and graphic display specialist, Unibox, is supporting Stella Grundy and her production ‘The Rise & Fall of a Northern Star’.
We are delighted to be exhibiting at the VM show for the first time this year. Please come and say hello to us on Stand F7 and see some of our amazing VM displays and lightboxes.
For the fourth year running Unibox opened its doors to the students of Sale Grammar School, who chose to study Industrial Design as a subject throughout their final college years.
Our latest retail display design is a unique shop-in-shop solution, featuring bespoke Unibox cabinets, with a matt black powder coated profile.
Unibox have developed a bespoke exhibition solution, used for the first time by Tom Dixon at the Maison et Objet in Paris.
With any large consumer launch, display is key.
We’re about to install the biggest laser-etching machine in the UK into our factory, with a 3m x 1.5m etching bed featuring the ability to cut and etch organic materials such as glass, acrylic, woo
Our expansion is now complete, adding 7,410 sq.ft. of space onto our in-house existing manufacturing capabilities.
Unibox worked with sister company Lumenal to produce our first ever exterior LED lightbox.
Unibox have developed a bespoke shop in shop solution, used for the first time by Tom Dixon at the Maison et Objet in Paris.
In July Unibox grabbed its poncho and maracas and headed down to Regent Street, to make a guest appearance at the ‘A Taste of Spain’ Festival. The weather was hardly Mediterranean, but the Unibox s
River West Installation – Athens.
Over the last few months Unibox have been reminded never to underestimate the power of the internet.
As a partner of MMU Racing this year Unibox were very proud to be part of a unique opportunity to invest in some of the UK’s leading and most enterprising young engineering students.
Year twelve students from Sale Grammar School have impressed with their product design skills, during a recent visit to Manchester-based Unibox. Having created products using donated materials from
This month Unibox welcomed back Year 12 students from Sale Grammar School but this time to our new manufacturing facility in Middleton, Manchester. Nick Wraith, Managing Director, carried out the t
After a rigorous assessment, we are very proud to have received ISO 14001 certification for our environmental management systems.
Without a doubt, this is one of the most exciting and diverse projects we’ve worked on.
One of our most high profile clients, British design icon, Tom Dixon, has been in touch again for yet another touch of retail display excellence to complement his latest designs.