New Opinions information at DesignCurial New and updated information from Opinions listed on http://www.http// en-us http://www.http// New Opinions information at DesignCurial http://http// How retailers are cashing in on the pop-up phenomenon While retailers are well versed in making their stores interesting and welcoming, the popup store phenomenon – that’s been here for a decade so far and looking like continuing – with its short lifespan and limited budget can bring a whole new set of … Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:06:00 GMT if only... Japanese onsen could be easily assembled in the world’s natural environments... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:13:30 GMT Keeping it real: the craft skills renaissance Craft skills are riding a wave of appreciation at present, which is only to be welcomed, says Veronica Simpson. But while handcrafted goods are being snapped up, often at eye-watering prices, where’s the recognition (and generous reward) for the craf… Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:05:00 GMT Read a good book lately? Libraries have seen some changes since they first caught the public’s imagination towards the end of the 19th century, thanks to early philanthropists such as Andrew Carnegie and Florence Boot, of Boots the Chemists. Now new libraries are being desig… Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:05:00 GMT Erik Spiekermann on 30 years of Blueprint Looking back at Blueprint after 30 years provides a reminder both of what has been achieved over the past three decades and just how slow progress can be. But then Rome — or should that be London — wasn’t built in a day Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:50:00 GMT SSHHH! Designers at work Spaces are saturated with noise or moving imagery, which is pushing consumers to seek solace in soothing environments with limited distractions. Katie Baron, senior editor of retail and spaces at Stylus, investigates noise-management systems, contemp… Sun, 06 Oct 2013 23:05:00 GMT Designer furniture for leaner times Despite the tough economic conditions, companies are increasingly specifying designer items when refurbishing their workspace. Companies in the new Media City development at Salford Quays are some of the latest to choose this route after fitting out … Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:11:32 GMT Owen Hatherley on Britain's 'bland' Olympic legacy Aside from a few swooping sports structures, the architectural legacy of the Olympics is predominantly bland or oppressive. But that’s OK if the people of Newham are getting something out of it, isn’t it? Would that they were Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:05:00 GMT Innovation Stations As more and more companies are waking up to the realisation that their staff don’t need to be sitting at a desk to be productive, design practices are delivering increasingly unique and stimulating work environments, reports Helen Parton Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:35:11 GMT Time traveller After 20 years with the same company, Paul Finch has witnessed numerous configurations of the workspace, with the latest one – the most efficient to date, he says – dovetailing with a move to PaddingtonCentral Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:05:00 GMT