A.R.E. Shoptalk Seattle drew 136 retail- ers and designers in September. Co-hosted by Mulvanny G2 Archi- tecture and Nordstrom, the event was
sponsored by Synsor, an Everett, Wash.-based
turnkey firm that designs, builds, and installs
During the reception, the hosts introduced
an element of play with white paper table covers and crayons on each table. And mimicking a
trend in retail stores, they added a photo opp area to make attendees
feel like celebs. Leveraging its trend-setting design firm members,
A.R.E. debuted a new member-driven trend report at the event.
A running loop during the reception gave additional exposure to
contributing members: Bergmeyer Associates,
Callison, Gensler, GH+A , id& design inter-
national, JGA , and Mulvanny G2.
Presenting the report, Pushing Retail Beyond
Today, was Justin Hill, AIA, LEED AP, senior
principal of architecture for MulvannyG2 and
a retail veteran of 20-plus years. Following his
dynamic presentation, he led the audience in
a lively discussion of their own impressions.
Topics ranged from footprint changes to technology. “Many of these new technologies require brick-and-mortar
stores,” one attendee noted. Attendees lingered over dessert and
coffee afterward, and left with gift bags with items from the hosts
L to R: Hayley Snider and Liz Aiello of MulvannyG2 enjoy
hors d’oeuvres while networking.
Justin Hill chats
before presenting the
design trends report.
L to R: Jessica Eaton of Callison, MJ Munsell of MulvannyG2,
and Nordstrom’s Susan Morton and Janelle Schneider pose like
the retail rock stars they are.
Susan Morton of Nordstrom engages with local peers.
Retail talk in Seattle