Shea Links: June

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:

“Experiential Environments” – Design:Retail:
How retailers are changing their approach to in-store selling to include more personalization, better displays, and interactive elements for a full shopping experience

Trend: Immersive Experience Restaurants” – Restaurant Development + Design:
The rising trend of fully immersive restaurant experiences, with themes or gimmicks that extend through décor and food to differentiate the eatery

“Office Expectations are Changing—Is Your Company Ready?” – Work Design:
Survey results and analysis on what employees are looking for in both a company and an office today (working remotely, putting well-being first, amenities, and more)

“Latin American Cuisine Finds a Home in Fast Casual” – QSR:
How the range of Latin American cuisines is impacting the US palette and menus, and how it lends itself to a fast-casual style of operation

“Your Next Hotel May Have an Attached Brewery or Distillery” – New York Times:
A look at the trend of tying in a brewery or distillery with a hotel to take advantage of the rising interest, and to promote the hotel as a destination trip in itself

“Designers Dish: Restaurant Trends for 2018” – Restaurant Development + Design:
This year’s interview with designers to talk top restaurant trends of the year, and what’s on the horizon

“The Downtown Journal Features Shea as Patio Gurus” – Shea:
An in-depth look at downtown Minneapolis’ top patios, all designed by Shea, and what makes or breaks an outdoor dining space

“The Pursuit of Flexibility in Foodservice Design” – FES:
A look at flexibility in foodservice operations so that dining concepts can shift with the trends, specifically at schools, stadiums, airports, and colleges

“50s Motels Go from Bleak to Chic” – Wall Street Journal:
How a handful of motels nationwide are reinventing themselves, embracing retro glamour to attract a nostalgic customer base

“Shea Profiled by the Pioneer Press” – Shea:
The Pioneer Press’ profile on David Shea, delving further into the firm’s East Metro work and what’s on tap for St. Paul

“How Chefs are Making Wine Bars Happen in America” – Eater:
How and why wine bars are cropping up on the restaurant scene, usually with natural wine and French-inspired food, and how chefs are trying to make them cool places to hang out

“Why Co-Working Doesn’t Work for All” – Work Design:
How strong office culture and good workplace design can trump the allure of co-working, and why, as a model, it doesn’t work for every business