Shop Laboratory, Good For Business?

During their scholarship year at the Designlabor Bremerhaven in 2008 an interdisciplinary design team devised temporary usage concepts as part of a strategy to counter the number of unoccupied shop premises in Bremerhaven. These innovative concepts were tested in a vacant shop under experimental conditions. This was in turn transformed into a gallery, a media café and finally an outlet offering its own design products called the Shop Laboratory.

Social, cultural and commercial uses were interactively linked in different ways, generating ideas for business concepts and urban development. The aim of this cost-conscious design was to attract a lot of attention and to provide flexibility.

Interesting way for retails to “try before we sell” to consumers – especially in this unsure economy.

Designers: Silke Heimberg, Sybille Neumeyer, Thomas Rodemeier, Eva Rudolf & Karsten Willmann for Designlabor Bremerhaven

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