Shea Links: February

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community:

“Why It Might Be Time to Rebrand Your Fast Casual” – QSR:
How fast-casuals can keep pace with the competition by freshening look and brand

“When Designers Own the Restaurant, Even the Coffee Mugs are on the Menu” – Eater:
How shoppable restaurants are catching on, giving patrons a way to incorporate their accessible-yet-refined designs into their own homes

 “Why Your Office is Beginning to Look Like a Forest” – Bloomberg:
The biophilia trend in office design, bringing more nature into offices for happier, healthier, more productive employees via high-tech windows, air circulation devices, plants, and more

“Lovechild and Spoon and Stable Named Country’s Most Romantic Restaurants” – Shea:
A Food & Wine piece calling out the Shea designs at Lovechild and Spoon as two of the country’s most romantic restaurants

“Food Hall Evolution” – Restaurant Hospitality:
A look at the different formats food halls are taking on in order to avoid market oversaturation

“Amazon Opens its Grocery Store Without a Checkout Line to the Public” – USA Today:
The public opening of Amazon’s cashierless store, featuring cameras, apps, and codes to track spending

“Be Well-thy” – Design:Retail:
How the “mindfulness movement” is opening up opportunities for the incorporation of wellness into retail, fitness, and other spaces

“Shea Principal Tanya Spaulding Dishes on Twin Cities Design on MyTalk 107.1” – Shea:
Shea Principal Tanya Spaulding’s interview on dining out and design on MyTalk 107.’s Weekly Dish (beginning at 22:30)

“A Seat at the Table: How Millennials are Changing the Design of Dining” – Metropolis:
How designers across the country are incorporating millennials’ desire for authenticity, quality, and storytelling in restaurant design to tell a full customer story

“Coming to the Table: David Shea dishes on communal dining in the Twin Cities” – Shea:
A recent Star Tribune piece on communal dining and kitchen-counter culture in the Midwest, featuring David Shea