Apr 21, 2021


by James Farnell

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Keeping a Finger on the Pulse and an Eye to the Future 

We shop. We play. We eat. We live. Just as spring is a time of both renewal and growth, so too is our increasing desire for more enriching experiences where we do these things. Retailers help shape our daily experiences, and financial indicators point to a year of robust growth in this industry, especially as more individuals get vaccinated, at least according to the National Retail Federation, the country’s largest retail trade association. The federation predicts that Americans will spend at record levels in 2021, prompting retail sales to grow between 6.5% and 8.2% to more than $4.33 trillion. Projected sales growth unlike anything we’ve seen since 2004. 

The spaces we engage with as consumers, and the experiences those environments create, encompass the spectrum of our lifestyles. Many of them are hybrid spaces where we Shop, Play, Eat and Live. 

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James Farnell

James is a designer with a passion for problem-solving that came from crafting furniture and products in workshops in England to creating more than 75 brand experiences in over 12 countries. He lives a life informed by his experiences of international cultures and the joy of living by the coast—from the east coast of Yorkshire to Australia, Singapore, and, now, California. Follow James on Twitter @farnelljames.

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