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The AppLounge

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A place to meet and discover great apps matched with accessories that fit your mobile life.

The AppLounge is a hybrid space, featuring a selection of well-crafted mobile applications and services. It opens from 15 September 2010, at 100 Wardour Street for coffee during the day and cocktails at night, encouraging people to discover and sample exciting new mobile and tablet applications, digital content, including eBooks, eMags, and useful online services. During the London Design Festival, the AppLounge will also conduct inspiring AppTasting events and AppHealth workshops.

This first-of-its-kind ‘pop-up’ space was has been designed to facilitate discovery, education, and engagement. The AppLounge is an innovative alternative to the traditional retail environment, converging the best of in-store and online retail experiences. This unique collaboration between Digital Wellbeing Labs, Method, App.itize.us, Spotspot, and D&D London, celebrates the best in contemporary design languages from around the world and aims to answer the challenges that retailers face as e-commerce reshapes the retail process and consumer behavior. Says Grünsteidl: “The value of the storefront is changing from one of transaction to experience. We are witnessing a transformation in business models for retailers which is opening up possibilities for convergent retail experiences. The AppLounge is a pilot store that aims to bridge the gap between the in-store and online retail experience. The space is designed to encourage customers to slow down, have a drink, and sample a variety of applications and accessories on display.” The Applounge serves as a conduit between producers and customers and is not necessarily involved in any transactions.

Conceived by Alexander Grünsteidl, together with a collective of design agencies and a hospitality group, the AppLounge proudly presents a new retail concept, bringing together hospitality and the latest in physical and digital products under the umbrella of Mobile Lifestyle. Mobile Apps, accessories and content, like music and iBooks are presented as collections that will enrich daily life and resonate with consumer lifestyles. The first Digital Lifestyle Showroom made its debut during the 2006 London Design Festival to critical acclaim. Grünsteidl has also written a thought piece on the topic of retail convergence, titled “Changing Retail Currency” for the 10×10 thoughts on design series published by Method.

The AppLounge is open from 15 September through to 2 October at Meza, 100 Wardour St, London W1, UK.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 12pm – late

Location:
The AppLounge at Meza
100 Wardour St
London, W1F 0TN UK
http://www.mezabar.com

For more information please visit www.theapplounge.com

About the Sponsors:

Method
Award-winning product, service, and experience innovation firm Method proudly sponsors the AppLounge. Method designed AppLounge materials and lead execution, from the brand identity and mark to the website, in-store displays, posters, and promotional material. Additionally, Method has provided direction on marketing strategies, event production, and the retail experience.

Alexander Grünsteidl is the Senior Director of User Experience at Method, and the author of a thought piece for Method’s 10×10 series, “The New Retail Currency.” Learn more about Method and read Alexander’s 10×10 piece at www.method.com.

To get in touch with Method, please email inquiries@method.com.

app.itize.us
Jason Fields founder of app.itize.us is happy to have provided guidance and curation for the carefully selected applications and services available at the AppLounge. Find out more about app.itize.us at app.itize.us.

Spotspot Creative & Engineering
Spotspot proudly participates in the AppLounge concept development and design of the pilot shop. Spotspot creates interactive objects for public and commercial spaces that link physical and digital customer experiences. Learn more about Spotspot at www.spotspoton.com

Meza and D&D London
D&D London is the UK’s leading high-end restaurant group with an annual turnover of more than £70 million and 20 individual restaurants across London, including Meza in Soho, which plays host to the AppLounge this September. www.danddlondon.com.

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