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30 on 30: Interior Design's Hall of Fame and Gensler Celebrate Three Decades of Design Excellence

Image © Gensler's New York brand studio.

This December marks the 30th Anniversary of Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame. To celebrate the momentous occasion, Interior Design’s editor in chief Cindy Allen recently hosted an event to honor the design professionals who have contributed to the growth and prominence of the interior design field. It was a smashing success, thanks in part to a branding campaign in which Gensler played an integral role.

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How Brick and Mortar Enables Online Retail

Almost 90 percent of all retail sales are transacted in stores, and 95 percent of all retail sales are captured by retailers with a brick-and-mortar presence.

Although online retail is growing, it still only accounts for six percent of all retail sales. And physical stores play a critical role in online purchases. According to an Omni-channel Shopping Preferences Study conducted by A.T. Kearney, as many as two-thirds of shoppers go to a physical store before or after making an online purchase. The survey looked at the behavior and preferences of 2,500 U.S. shoppers from teens to seniors.

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The Devil Is in the Details…And So Is Hospitality

The secret sauce of great hospitality is comprised of a mix of detailed little touches. Image © Gensler

Last week’s long awaited Holly Hunt showroom opening in Mayfair showcased refined hospitality outside of the usual hotel and F&B establishments. It proved that good hospitality is not just an art form, it’s an attitude. In the case of Holly Hunt, the attitude is more about a belief in great design and materials, where nothing goes unnoticed. No wonder her brand leads the industry in luxury home furnishings. In 1983 she opened her first showroom in the iconic Chicago building The Merchandise Mart. Since then she’s been credited for raising the bar in interior design showrooms. The same can be said for her London opening.

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Using Urban Design Principles to Improve a Mall

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I have always been an urban designer. It is my passion to design towns and cities and bring the right environment to people. But one morning in November 2008, my studio principal came to me with a new project: a retail center.

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Lessons Learned in Program Management

After years of working with programs that span the globe, Mark Thole has learned from experience what it takes to launch and manage a successful program. Image © Gensler

How do you roll out a total facility reimaging project that affects more than 4,000 car dealerships in all 50 states and maintain the projected timeline?

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