Shea Links: March

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:

“Department of Change” – VMSD:
A look at the need for department stores to evolve in today’s market, and how one London-based department store is adapting

“Haskell’s Wine Bar is the Hottest Spot Downtown” – Shea:
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal piece featuring Haskell’s Wine Bar as the hot new spot on Nicollet Mall

“Why Your Next Work Meeting Could Be Outside” – CNN Money:
A look at the incorporation of nature and organic design into offices—more open space, vegetation throughout offices, and outdoor spaces or easy access to nature

“Designing for Possibility” – Interiors + Sources:
How to manipulate workplace design to best serve employees and their desire for workplace flexibility

“The Tipping Equation” – New York Times:
A new take on the tipping debate, highlighting the balance servers strike between accepting tips and accepting harassment

“Five Workplace Trends the Commercial Real Estate Industry Must Prepare For” – Forbes:
Office-building trends for real-estate companies to be aware of, including redefined amenities, use of design as a strategic tool to define companies and help them grow, and new roles for the real-estate companies themselves

“Offices Get Redesigned for an Instagram World” – Wall Street Journal:
How companies have not only been adding amenities and interactive art to draw younger workers, but how they’re making sure people know about them via branding on Instagram

“Acoustics 101: Why Are Restaurant Acoustics Different?” – Interiors + Sources:
The final part of a three-part series, an examination of restaurant acoustics, ideal absorption, and both traditional and out-of-the-box solutions

“Diane Yang and Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour Named James Beard Finalists” – Shea:
A full list of the James Beard Award finalists, including Diane Yang, Gavin Kaysen, and several other Shea friends

“Invested in Human Experience” – VMSD:
A piece on retail consumers’ desires and needs for a human experience element in their shopping

“How Can Traditional Office Space Property Managers Compete with Co-Working Facilities?” – Forbes:
A rundown of ways that traditional offices can compete with the appeal of co-working spaces for small companies, including flexible leasing terms, adding hospitality elements, and creating a sense of community within the building