Wednesday, July 01, 2009

KiosKiosk with Creative Charlie

Pop-up shop KiosKiosk launches tomorrow, the shedlike creation of those busy Hemingways, Wayne and Gerardine. Located next to the Mayor's office at City Hall in London, the aim is to provide free retail space in prominent locations for new creative businesses (Wayne explains it all in a video here). It is hoped that low cost 'pop up' shops of this kind will provide a template for London and towns and cities across the UK by offering a helping hand for businesses that may be priced out of high cost, high street and prime retail locations. This will also help to support smaller, independent shops increasing consumer choices.

The rather splendid design can be tailored easily to suit individual users, as shown below.The Hemingways started the famous Red or Dead brand from low cost 'easy in, easy out' starter units at Camden and Kensington Markets and Affleck’s Palace in Manchester, but believe it has now become increasingly difficult for start up creative businesses to find affordable retail space. Wayne Hemingway, said: "It was our formative experience and the opportunities provided by places such as Kensington Market, that led us to the KiosKiosK idea. In addition, from an urban design perspective many of our towns and cities’ streetscapes would benefit from well-designed kiosks that provide beacons of creativity." The project, which runs until September 3, is supported by the London Sustainable Development Commission.

Kerri Sellens, who runs her Creative Charlie children's arts and crafts products business from a garden office will be there this Sunday. More details here. Do go and support her.
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