How do you design a store for both kids and adults? With playful design curiousity

With a suitable name decided, and a graphic language for the brand created, the next step was to create a colour palette to bring this to life. Selecting a range of colours that pop, the idea was for the shopping experience at Le Fanfare to feel like a candy store. “This is the feeling the owners wanted to convey when people would enter their shop,” explains Britt. In its lemon sherbet yellow, sweet pastel pink and a peachy orange, the final design creates a welcoming environment for both children and their parents. “It makes you want to touch everything,” adds the designer. “Normally, kids aren’t allowed to do so but with Le Fanfare, we want you and your kids to feel free and be touchy. The shop is designed to be tactile and touchable.” And, in the same way that contrast is a key consideration for the graphic elements, these colours are paired untraditionally to emphasise this difference further.
Le Fanfare is now open to the public and has been positively received by both children and adults, despite opening its doors during the pandemic in 2020. For those of you unable to play in the store in person just yet, Het Echte Werk’s thoughtful work can also be experienced over on the store’s website.
Inside the store, on window displays and packaging details from bags to tags, the team devised a series of shapes to sit in harmony with this logotype. A family of graphic compositions, these are designed with children in mind “to stimulate their imagination”. Specifically inspired by typographic details in parts of Beastly’s letters, the designers mirror them in creating these shapes. Extracting details to create more abstract interpretations, Britt points out how they have become “like new superheroes” representing Le Fanfare. “Every kid looks up to some kind of superhero,” she adds, “and we create these ones for the shop.”
To compliment this idea further, Het Echte Werk additionally designed a number of friendly animal-like characters, again inspired by Beastly’s design. “These are used on the hangtags and sticker set that have a saving/collecting system that is linked to the re-use character of the identity,” continues the designer. “Almost all the products in the store are sustainable and eco friendly, so the founders wanted to add this onto the packaging system as well.”

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