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Inspiration on tap at RDE

Written by Roma Publications

Inspiration on tap at RDE

From showcasing the world’s best visual merchandising projects, products and services, to identifying the next generation of talent in retail design and providing a platform for the industry’s leading lights, there’ll be something for everyone at Retail Design Expo (RDE).

RDE, which takes place on 2-3 May at London Olympia, will be hosting more than 75 free conference sessions, as well as announcing the winners of the International   VM Awards, Innovation and Trail Awards and the Retail Design World Student Awards.  Alongside its extensive supplier exhibition, delegates will be able attend panel discussions, creative networking events and demonstrations at the show.

The conference programme encompasses four theatres and includes an exciting line-up of over 90 speakers, including a panel discussion around ‘what the future holds for the VM industry’ moderated by Editor-in-Chief of VMSD, Jennifer Acevedo. Daphne Dutilleux, Retail Design and VM Director at L’Oreal Luxe will give insight into ‘Launching House99 by David Beckham’, whilst Danielle Pinnington, MD of Shoppercentric will give retailers the lowdown on how to ‘get under the skin of Gen Z’.

Of the three award ceremonies taking place at the show, The Innovation Trail and Awards rewards those exhibitors whose products, services and solutions will shape the retail and brand landscape. The awards are judged by a panel of industry experts and the winner will be announced on the first day of the show.

Shortlisted exhibitors will be featured in the dedicated innovation area, as well as receiving a special stand certificate to identify them as part of the trail, which leads delegates around the exhibition to the Innovation Winners Wall.

The shortlist for the 2018 International VM Awards, which recognises and rewards the best examples of window dressings, POP and displays across all sectors and seasons, has now been announced.

The awards comprise 10 categories and attracted more than 140 entries from leading brands from around the world.  All shortlisted entries will be displayed at the show and winners will be announced on 3rd May at 1.20pm in the VM Conference Theatre.  The shortlist is available on the RDE website.

Professionals won’t be the only ones to be recognised at RDE as the Retail Design World Student Awards seek to celebrate and promote the industry’s future stars.

For the fourth year, the awards seek to inspire and inform the next generation of store designers by setting live briefs in partnership with major retailers and brands. Participating universities for 2018 are: University of Huddersfield, which worked on a brief from Kingfisher; Glasgow School of Art and Ravensbourne, both of which are tackling a brief from KFC; and Manchester Metropolitan University and Westminster University, which are answering a brief from Red or Dead. Winners will be announced on the first day of the event.

Sarah Adams, RDE Event Manager said: “Our conference programme and awards are designed to reflect RDE’s reputation as a vibrant hub for innovation within retail design, marketing, branding, visual merchandising, architecture and shopfitting.

“The innovation Trail and Awards seek to reward our own exhibitors helping visitors to identify those companies at the forefront of the industry; the International VM Awards celebrate the very best visual merchandising the world has to offer, whilst the Retail Design World Student Awards seek out the stars of the future.”

Other popular initiatives will also be retained, including the Innovation Trail and Awards, Designer Pavilion and the Champagne Bar, sponsored by SMP Group.



Retail Design Expo (RDE), which is now in its fourth year, has announced an impressive line-up of speakers for the two-day event which is taking place on 2nd and 3rd May 2018 at London Olympia. Delegates will be able enjoy an exciting array of talks, panel discussions, creative networking events and demonstrations alongside the exhibition.

There are more than 75 free conference sessions, including the Store of the Future conference programme, which is new for 2018.



MCBG LTD is a manufacturer and shop-fitter, with a vast degree of experience in the engineering sector. The company has been in operation since February 2009 and within this time has worked on many prestigious projects, including Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors, Longchamp, Kent & Curwen, Nespresso, Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, to name but a few.

At the Retail Design Expo 2018, MCBG LTD will be showcasing a prototype electronic POS display, as well as a number of shop display units.

MCBG LTD, Managing Director, Bogdan Grindei, said:

“We value our appearance at the Retail Design Expo 2018, as it will give us the opportunity to showcase our products.”

Bogdan added:

“At MCBG LTD, we pride ourselves in the quality of our work and our attention to detail – two things which are very important to us.”



Design4Retail is a collaborative team of retail specialists focused on creating global brand experiences and crafted designs across a number of design disciplines. The retail agency works across a multitude or sectors from beauty to sports, with extensive experience in retail branding, pop ups, POS and entire store installations.

Long standing clients for Design4Retail include adidas, Clarins, Reebok and Lacoste. Newer clients include Charlotte Tillbury, Too Faced, Dreams and Hammonds, amongst others.

In May 2018, Design4Retail celebrates its 15th Birthday which is a huge milestone!  The anniversary coincides with the Retail Design Expo and Design4Retail will be celebrating as a business later that month.

Commenting on the Retail Design Expo 2018, Charlotte Walsh, Design4Retail, said:

“At the Retail Design Expo 2018, we will be showcasing a concept that pushes our creative service offer and hands-on approach by defining a space rich in textural artistic materials, a studio filled with colour and creativity. Our service offer is highlighted as the ‘perfect blend’ and the colour from the paint effect is further represented by our juice giveaway. The outside of the stand focuses on 15 years of D4R ‘Making Good Things Happen’.”

Charlotte added:

“At Design4Retail, our approach is simple: we strongly believe in the power of collaborative relationships. Our clients can really appreciate the value of a holistic journey from marketing + insight through to design + development concluding with our production + installation teams. Our friendly culture remains at the forefront of everything we do.”


Corian® Design

Corian® recently celebrated fifty years of style and innovation and this incredible material continues to transform the surfaces industry. First introduced to the UK by CDUK in 1979 for the residential market, Corian® has since become the go-to material for architects, designers and businesses seeking the kind of performance and reliability that is equally matched by beauty and versatility. Corian® offers the distinctive qualities that are demanded by the retail, leisure and hospitality worlds, from a seamless flow between surfaces on service counters, display units, table tops and washbasins to the endless adaptability required to make unique decorative features.

Corian® is highly robust and durable, while also being straightforward to care for and even to repair if needed. At the 2018 edition of the Retail Design Expo, Corian® will present the UK debut of an exciting new development which further enhances this renowned durability, while preserving all key qualities such as its exceptional workability. Resilience Technology™ – a patent pending development – enables increased damage forgiveness together with even quicker and easier stain removal and further reduced maintenance. Resilience Technology™ is currently available in four new colours of Corian®: Summit White, Stratus, Cool Grey and Keystone – a selection of eminently practical neutrals that are sure to please the design community. Demonstrations of this technology and how easily it is maintained will take place on stand E210.

Another exciting and useful technology on display is the Corian® Charging Surface, which employs discreetly integrated wireless recharging capability, thus offering customers the ability to power up their devices directly on the material’s surface. The power of Corian® to create eye-catching effects will be very much in evidence, including techniques such as backlighting, textured panels, curves and seamless integration, plus the sixteen highly popular new colours of Corian® that were launched to great success in 2017.

“We are delighted to be returning to RDE,” says Gary Baker, MD of Corian® distributor CD (UK) Ltd. “It’s the ideal showcase for us to communicate all the variety, performance, technology and sophistication of Corian® to a sector for which it makes the perfect design partner.”


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