43 Rainford Street Surry Hills, Sydney NSW, 2010 Australia
Landini Associates consistently rates in our top five global retail design agencies. Incredibly stylish and creative but also solidly intellectual and commercially astute.
Mark Landini is one of the old school geniuses of retail design. As a force majeure for creative design in London throughout the 80s and 90s, producing groundbreaking design at Fitch and Conran respectively, he moved to Sydney, quickly establishing Landini Associates as Australia’s foremost creative agency.
Landini’s work can be seen across Australia, with great work for Mc Donalds, Jones the Grocer, Glassons, Sass & Bide, Becasse, Jurlique and Coles.
However, their influence is truly global, as seen with their concept for Loblaws in Canada, which we think is the world’s best supermarket, as well as charming beauty projects for clients in South Korea, and their gorgeous designs for T2 Tea’s outposts in London and New York.
Their project ‘The Kitchens’ shows just why they are so highly regarded. Simply described as ‘A City of Food’ it brings together growers, chefs, artisans and manufacturers in a community space where customers can watch products being made, then buy them on the floor below. With numerous eateries and events it’s a bustling space with every element from the visioning, naming, branding, signage and packaging to the uniforms and interior design all created by Landini.
At Ned’s Bake, back of house is front of house, the concept shares the joy of making bread, where bakers work in clear visibility of the bakery’s customers, with a delicious aroma permeating the space. Customers can enjoy watching, eating and taking home a warm loaf. One instantly believes that the no-frills, stripped back interior is as honest and wholesome as the bread that they are selling.
Landini is an absolute specialist in food and hospitality interiors, but is equally at home in so many other categories, as can be seen in their concept for Burt’s Bees. Designed for the brand’s launch into Asia, they have created warm and welcoming store through the use of golden honeyed hues of timber and lighting, along with messaging and materials that extol the brand’s sustainable values. In their beautifully simple concept for gentSac, the pared-back palette of materials allows the product to remain the focus, while the sliding doors on the fascia open up the store attracting customers into the relaxed space, encouraging them to dwell and test out the grooming products on display.
Their store for Sarah & Sebastian adds great value to the brand experience, as it enables the jeweller’s to curate the customer journey. Firstly discussing the raw materials and processes at the jeweller’s bench then lighting up the showcases one by one to reveal their collections, giving customer’s a full appreciation of the brand’s ethos and the craftsmanship that goes into each piece.
Their real skill is in combining graphics and wayfinding into the overall concept in the most striking and stylish ways.
We always look forward to seeing what they come up with next.
Photography Credit: The Kitchens/gentSac/Sarah & Sebastian: Ross Honeysett