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RETAIL E-LIGHT

This month we check out the latest store designs in Miami, as well as Amazon’s plans for a convenience store where customers don’t have to check-out and are charged automatically via an app instead. First we take a look inside Kith's new Miami outpost, designed by New York studio Snarkitecture. Next up, we check out Philippe Malouin’s "rollercoaster of light" in Miami's Design District. Lastly, we have a look at Amazon’s new store concept which lets customers “just walk out”.

Snarkitecture designs gallery-like interior for Kith's Miami flagship store

New York studio Snarkitecture has designed the streetwear brand's new store, coinciding with this year’s Design Miami. Five hundred replica Air Jordan V sneakers line the walls of Kith's new Miami outpost.

Throughout the rest of the store, which the brand describes as "gallery-like", terrazzo panels cover the floors and form a gradient of white to blue.

A series of arches organise the space, and clothes, accessories and footwear are presented within alcoves, metal shelving units and glossy white display cases.

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Philippe Malouin lights up Miami Design District with orbiting installation

Philippe Malouin has brought a "rollercoaster of light" to Miami's Design District, where a globe-shaped LED light revolves around a raised track.

The London designer was commissioned by Craig Robins – co-founder of Design Miami – to create an illuminated installation for the Christmas season.

His response, The Speed of Light, is a rollercoaster-like installation with a spherical LED light coursing around a five-metre-high track.

The Miami Design District is the brainchild of Robins, who is developing the formerly neglected area into a neighbourhood dedicated to fashion, design, architecture and dining spaces.

The district already includes a retail building with a glass arcade by Sou Fujimoto, a dome by Buckminster Fuller and a store with a pleated concrete facade by Aranda\Lasch for Tom Ford.

For more information, read the article here.  

Amazon’s new store concept lets customers “just walk out”

Amazon has revealed plans for a convenience store where customers will be charged automatically for the items they pick up when leaving the store, using the same technologies found in self-driving cars.

Amazon Go’s “just walk out” technology – similar to that seen in self-driving cars – uses computer vision, sensor fusion and deep learning algorithms in order to automatically detect when products are taken from or returned to the shelves.

The app user’s items are then kept track of in a virtual basket, and after leaving the store they are charged automatically to their Amazon account.

The first Amazon Go store is expected to open in Seattle in the US in early 2017.

The 167m2 space will sell fresh food, made on site by chefs or local kitchens, alongside branded food and cupboard essentials.

For more information, read the article here.  

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