Previous leading retail thinkers/designers joining the intensive include:
Robert Storey: founded in 2009, StoreyStudio is a spatial design practice based in London comprising a diverse team of designers and artists working fluidly between creative disciplines. The studio is led by British creative director Robert Storey who studied fine art sculpture at Central Saint Martins. His work is known for its artistic approach and has been called upon by an ever-expanding international client list including Prada, Hermès, Chloè, Kenzo, Stella McCartney and Nike. He is a Platform Tutor on Interior Design at the RCA.
Simon Mitchell co-founded Sybarite in 2002 and now in their 19th year have delivered over 2,000 retail locations from monobrand stores through to large scale shopping malls, cinemas and most notably the largest luxury department store in Asia by size and turnover SKP Beijing & SKP Xi’an. Simon has over 25 years’ experience in retail design; his attention to detail and sincerity in understanding the depth of a brand is reflected in all his projects.
John Ryan is a journalist and commentator, writing and talking about the business of retail and store design. As a journalist, he works on publications ranging from Retail Week in the UK (where he is Stores Editor) to VMSD in the US with frequent appearances as a speaker at design and store design gatherings and conferences. He is also the founder and director of Newstores, an information service about new stores in malls and high streets around the world with a daily feed to major retailers across Europe. An enthusiastic user and contributor to Twitter, he is also a consultant to Facebook and Deloitte. In a former life, he was a retailer, based in London and Dusseldorf.
Peter Higgins is Creative Director Land Design Studio. As an architect and has worked as a designer for the BBC, in West End Theatre, for Imagination and formed Land Design Studio in 1992. Subsequently, Land have built an award winning experiential design consultancy working in both the cultural and commercial domains. Clients include The British Museum, V&A, Natural History Museum, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Singapore Gardens By the Bay, Anschutz Europe, Christies, and The National Media Council Abu Dhabi. In 2009 he was awarded RDI, Royal Designer for Industry. Most recently he has been investigating how we may save the High Street through design thinking.
New speakers to be announced soon..