The $3500 Porsche Soundbar that is made from a 911 exhaust

Porsche Design had developed a high performance soundbar audio system. The team at Porsche Design have taken the twin exhaust from the 911 GT3 and converted it to a high performance soundbar. The 200-watt table top design is integrated with all the latest audio technology and connects wirelessly to your tablet or smartphone. By using the components from the 911, the speaker achieves a higher maximum volume, with the sound resonating from the twin chrome exhaust tips. The details of the forged titanium silencer with exposed burnished welds adds a…

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Papa’s got a brand new bag

Handbags may have always been the quintessential accessory for women. But with our love for technology, urban lifestyles and travel, men have driven a trend for the “do everything bag”.  A simple filter in crowdsourcing site Kickstarter showing bags in design and sorted by the most funded reveals 1063 projects with names like The Everyday Backpack, The NOMATIC travel bag and Avanada. For example, the top 3 most funded bags are: Everyday Backpack Tote and Sling – $6,565,782 with nearly 27,000 backers The Everyday Messenger Bag – $4,869,472 with 17,000…

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Can empty malls become the Ultimate Fun & Fitness Destination?

Trends in fitness have changed over the years and new facilities are opening constantly. Facilities like OrangeTherory, F45, and Soulcycle are taking the fitness industry by storm. These companies all offer group based workouts that are typically between 45 and 60 minutes. These new companies all have something else in common, they are very conscious of their brand. The spaces are designed with bold colours, cool elements and funky lighting. Check out this London based gym 1REBEL designed by New York based firm Sheridon&Co. It is a great example of…

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We are Marshall

Christmas morning 2016,  my family chats over espresso and Italian pastries, my mother is setting up the kitchen for a day of cooking and my dad is in the living room, checking the weather as usual.  Around 10am, my mother asks, “shall we open the presents”? My brothers and I go to the tree and begin to hand each other gifts. For the last few years, almost comically, my two brothers and I would exchange gift cards, typically Best Buy or Home Depot, to the point where we would just…

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Rimowa… The only way to fly

I didn’t know much about RIMOWA luggage before I started working with them nearly five years ago, RIMOWA came to Middleton Group to help develop their window displays for their North American Stores. I can’t express how fortunate I am to work with this group, everyone from their marketing department to their store managers are amazing. I’m a firm believer that great companies create great employees. This inspired me to learn more about the product and the brand. My Salsa Deluxe Cabin Multi-wheel- in Yachting Blue Form follows function –…

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Could Starbucks be the next Best Buy?

With some retailers closing their doors and others struggling to compete against the online giants, it is interesting to see how retail is evolving.  Despite the increase in online sales, retail isn’t going anywhere, revenues and just as online shopping have changed the way we buy things, it only makes sense that retail evolve. While many don’t consider Starbucks retail, but rather QSR (Quick Serve Restaurant), you can’t argue with their success.  Many retailers try to emulate Apple Stores, the most successful retail store by sales per square foot, but…

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