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Preview: Retail Design Expo 2017

London’s premiere trade show and conference returns with new visual components in store



This May 8-9, retailers, designers, visual merchandisers and industry suppliers will converge on London’s Olympia exhibit hall for the third annual Retail Design Expo. The two-day trade show and conference will feature 270-plus exhibitors and more than 75 free, educational conference sessions, including one in which VMSD Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Acevedo will moderate a panel of retailers (May 8 at 12 p.m.), who will discuss today’s most compelling visual merchandising trends. This year marks the expo’s first VM Christmas Market and VM Christmas Awards, making the show an ideal stop for retailers planning ahead for their holiday displays. For more information about the Retail Design Expo, visit

Here's a sneak preview of some of the companies exhibiting at the show:



Made from laser-cut acrylic, the Mirror Walls system can fit virtually all visual merchandising requirements. The board can be altered to be displayed as a square or diamond shape and can be easily installed on-site.


Booth = L30


Leach Impact

The Product Wall is a merchandising system which integrates illuminated graphics to maximize retail floor space. Its eye-catching “highlight effect” makes the product the hero, while extra floating shelves or hooks can be added or removed for interchangeability.

Booth = S26



Arken POP Ltd.

Draw attention and convey your messaging with the Bannerview Exterior Sign, a 7-by-1-m. printed canvas sign on a powdercoated steel frame with four concrete bases. Since the graphics can be updated, it has longevity and reuse benefits.

Booth = D62



Think Ambient Ltd.

Make a brand statement without risking damage to surfaces. Clingz are made from an electrostatic material that can stick, on either side, to almost any clean surface without the need for tape, tack or adhesives.

Booth = CM43


Antalis Ltd.

This Coala Walk & Wall is a textured indoor floor graphic that does not require lamination. With safety concerns in mind, it’s also slip-resistant and R12 rated.

Booth = F21



This retail design agency creates bespoke innovative store experiences across all sectors globally. Its services also include displays, digital interactive and furniture solutions. Experience the firm’s virtual reality “Arnomation” experience at its RDE booth.

Booth = H61



A strategic design consultancy, this company has a range of international clients, including Comcast, Xfinity, Rogers, Fido and more. The agency’s founder, Ian Johnston, will speak alongside B&Q and Harrods on May 9.

Booth = V40


Almeco Spa

Don’t limit your creativity: Bandoxaldecor is an anodized aluminum with a wide range of color, texture and finish combinations that can be used for virtually any surface. Its consistent finish and homogenous color across the entire surface is what makes it truly unique.

Booth = R34


The XC-Range Xperience controllers connect motion sensors, pick-up detectors and touch buttons, or trigger video playback, soft, glowing LED illumination or cue an audio stream to create an immersive customer journey.

Booth = S12


Scan Sign Lights

Get your message across loud and clear: This company’s LED Signage allows for 10 to 30 mm. flat, bright acrylic letters in different sizes and fonts, with a variety of lighting options, including forward, backward or sideways, as well as a combination.

Booth = J40



These custom-made, 20-mm.-deep LED Lightboxes and 8-mm.-thin LED sheet panels can go up to 3000 by 1500 mm. for advertising, signage, wall display and can be used for an array of interior design applications. The company uses with its own bright light panels for longevity.

Booth = T7


Nathan & Stock Ltd.

Convey your unique branding on a budget: This manufacturer’s displays are custom made with high-quality shopfittings, display cabinets, spinners and counters, all specified to individual requirements, with any color, logo or lighting needed, at a cost-effective price point.

Booth = T14


The Silk Forest

Set your retail stage with realistic-looking greenery props. This company provides the sets, plants, flowers, green walls and custom-made props that can suit nearly any faux-foliage display or design and bring the look of the outdoors in.

Booth = CM40



MasterClass: ‘Re-Sparkling’ Retail: Using Store Design to Build Trust, Faith and Brand Loyalty

HOW CAN WE EMPOWER and inspire senior leaders to see design as an investment for future retail growth? This session, led by retail design expert Ian Johnston from Quinine Design, explores how physical stores remain unmatched in the ability to build trust, faith, and loyalty with your customers, ultimately driving shareholder value.

Presented by:
Ian Johnston
Founder and Creative Director, Quinine Design

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