Our CXO, Yatish Narsi, chatted to Ian F on the Ian F show about the development of the branch. Listen to the audio below....

The following article was posted on BizCommunity. The article can be read here: BizCommunity Having executed several projects in Ghana, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Australia – where it will be opening an office in April, specialist retail and hospitality design agency Design Partnership (DP) has shifted......

The original article can be read here 26 AUGUST 2015 Why does Nando’s, a global success story for its South African roots and delicious flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken, support SA creativity? Because they matter! More than that… because we love them! Design, the arts, music…they make the world......

Whilst on Holiday in Australie our CEO, Callie van der Merwe and his family visited Gazi, one of the Greek restaurants owned by Australian Master Chef Judge George Calombaris....

  Originally published on Bizcommunity.com   The increasingly relevant role of the flagship BY: ADRIAN MORRIS | 19 MAY 2015 14:00 Long live the flagship store! The PSFK Manifesto to ‘Reinvent the Store’ (Retail Report 2015) affirms that the role of the store has not......

Originally published on Markslives.com Date posted: May 18, 2015 by Herman Manson (@marklives) If you’ve walked into a Hungry Lion or a Standard Bank branch, MTN, Tile Africa, Nando’s, or even a Shoprite Liquor store, you would have experienced a retail environment designed by Design Partnership, the......

Originally published on marklives.com Design Partnership has designed the new Doppio Zero store in Hazeldean, Pretoria East, in a space that needed structural changes as well as a design. Central to Doppio Zero’s brand strategy is to create two distinct spaces within its restaurants —......

Originally published on ornico.co.za When Tile Africa wanted to distinguish its retail store environment from one that provides customers with a showroom experience, to one that makes it easier for the customers to engage with the products, they enlisted the services of Design Partnership, local......

Originally published on marklives.com Nando’s has begun trialling its sit-down restaurant model in South Africa, with the first concept store having opened in Blackheath, Johannesburg, last month, designed by Design Partnership. It is a total departure from the usual Nando’s takeaway store and fast-food seating. The......

Originally  published on www.bbrief.co.za   The overriding design philosophy underpinning both thinking and approach used to retail and hospitality design is an unexpected one. While most people would think that one’s core focus is on design, it is actually the last element to be considered in......

Article originally  published on Mediaupdate.co.za   Tasked with the brief from Nando’s to drive the conversion from take-away to sit-down in its Blackheath branch, Design Partnership has designed an outlet that looks and acts differently to the traditional take-out Nando’s stores. “Blackheath is Nando’s’ first......

Article originally  published on marklives.com, cbn.co.za & mediaupdate.co.za Specialist retail and hospitality design consultancy, Design Partnership, has opened an office in Cape Town and is currently servicing its Hungry Lion and Shoprite Liquor clients. Carina Maree, who has been with Design Partnership for six years, will......

Standard Bank unveiled an innovation lab, dubbed the PlayRoom, in Rosebank. The bank says the idea behind the PlayRoom is to unearth disruptive ideas from staff, customers and start-up businesses. To read the ITWeb article, please click here....

The new-look interior is a collaborated effort between Standard Banks and Design Partnership and has been implemented at thirteen pilot sites with an average size of 600 meters squared....

Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne identified the brand’s biggest problem in a recent call with analysts. “The team did a poor job of designing the architecture of the store and creating different assortments for different types (of) stores,” Hayne said. To read the Business Insider article, please click......

Specialist hospitality interior design agency, Design Partnership, recently worked on the new Tashas store in Dubai – the first Tashas restaurant to open internationally. To read the Bizcommunity article online, please click here....

The above articles have been run in local newspapers recently. Please have a read about how design has the potential to entice one into a store, as implemented in Tashas, Dubai....

OTHERWISE is a womans show on South African radio station SAFM hosted by Shado Twala. In this interview Shado talks to Callie about shopping centres in South Africa and Design Partnership's approach to design. ...

The phrase ‘time is money’ seems to have originally been coined by Benjamin Franklin in the 1700’s as advice first given in a letter to a young tradesman. “As you have desired it of me, I write the following hints, which have been of service to me, and may, if observed, be so to you. Remember that TIME is money....

With the world still suffering from the economic hangover of 2008, economists across the globe are predicting imminent hyperinflation. With too much newly printed money in circulation and our economic growth stunted and tethering on the verge of another recession, retailers in South Africa are......

Design Partnership has a new weapon in its specialist retail skills arsenal, with the appointment of seasoned retailer Issy Zimmerman. An enormously successful merchant, with outstanding business acumen, Zimmerman brings with him  more than 20 years’ business management experience.  Heading up the agency’s newly formed......

I was asked to write an article on how architecture and interior design influence one another. Now, it is no secret that the intersection of these professions and academic disciplines has always been fraught by seemingly irreconcilable points of view and, to this end, instead......

Colour has a profound influence on the emotions of a consumer. It affects how a person behaves, can alter movement patterns of consumers and influence their shopping patterns. Therefore, its correct selection and use is critical in effective retail design....

Part of the value that your business offers is derived from its name; your brand alone may be worth more than the assets of the business itself, however, stop and think just how important the impact of a name is. By Callie van der Merwe.......

“Design is a marriage between art and science,” said Callie van der Merwe, CEO of Design Partnership, at the 4th Annual Research Conference, recently held by the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC). “The head and the heart, essentially emotions, affect everything, even our......

Despite the strides made in interior design and retail design, most design schools are failing to cover this in their curricula and there is a need for a business approach to this rapidly growing industry. I remember back in 1985, when I went to study......

Callie van der Merwe, CEO of Design Partnership, and Dion Chang, Trend Analyst, outline current trends shaping the art and design industry as well as its future in South Africa and abroad. http://www.businessdaytv.co.za/shows/thefutureof/2014/01/22/the-future-of...

Louise Marsland (@Louise_Marsland)’s pick of new product, packaging and design launches this week: Incredible Connection rebrands with pilot high-fashion stores and a new retail philosophy; Sodastream bubbles on about its new brand ambassador; and Magnum uses tweets as currency to sweeten brand awareness....

Virgin Mobile SA celebrated the opening of their flagship store in Braamfontein on Wednesday, 2 October 2013. The event was held with Sir Richard Branson as main guest. The opening was done in conjunction with a Guinness world record attempt of cramming 25 girls into......

Design Partnership has reinvented the banking space with cutting-edge, contemporary store design for Standard Bank. Intended to help move the bank’s refreshed customer experience forward and reflect its commitment to innovation, the new-look branches are radical, revolutionary and push the boundaries of conventional banking design....

Digital technology has revolutionised the way consumers conduct their financial affairs, specifically banking. In this connected age of the Internet and smartphones, is there a place for a traditional bank with walk-in branches at all? To read the original article, please click here....

Design Partnership has formed a creative incubator to offer clients more powerful design process. It has also just assisted Hungry Lion in roaring to life through a major rebrand. To read the online version click here....

Brave, bold branding that would deliver stand-out pavement appeal, lure customers in and successfully differentiate it from its competitors were just some of the creative objectives behind Design Partnership’s recent Hungry Lion rebrand. To read the original online article click here....

Colour surrounds us, every day -- whether somewhere in an open field, in a shopping mall or on our computer screens. Colour psychology is an element of design that has been incorporated into our daily lives -- without us sometimes even realising it! Ilze-Marie Meintjies met up with Callie van der Merwe (of the Design Partnership) who told her more about colour psychology....

New York wasn’t specifically a research visit, but as always there are a multitude of experiences and observations you can draw from. The streets and shops are thick with intent, experiments and examples of the complexity of retail in all its guises. Recent years have......