Recently the famous Battersea Power Station opened its doors to the public for the very first time after transforming into a new retail centre.
Throughout 2022, Graffiti Design has had the pleasure of working with a variety of brands that opened their doors in the Power Station on the hugely anticipated opening day.
“Bruce and the rest of the team at Graffiti have been invaluable on the Battersea project, which has presented many design challenges along the way. Being a heritage icon, we knew from the outset that signage would play a key part in the finished look and feel of the Power Station, which Bruce and the team have understood from the start. Working collaboratively together, Graffiti has provided invaluable advice and experience to help form a deliverable signage strategy across the building as well as implementing many of the tenant’s signs in a cohesive and coordinated fashion. They have been on hand when presented with unexpected challenges and found ways forward in a timely and calm manner right up to the last moment, always delivering what was promised. We’ve really enjoyed working with Graffiti and hope to continue doing so for years to come.“
Rawls, Senior Design Manager
Graffiti Design were approached by Rawls to develop the signage for all retail units within the iconic new shopping centre. Rawls had been appointed by the Battersea Power Station Development Company as Retail Guardians and Retail Delivery Consultants.
Due to our involvement with the signage development and innovation, Graffiti were on hand to deal with multiple projects at Battersea Power Station.
The first brand to approach us was Uniqlo, the Japanese casual wear and retailer. Uniqlo approached us with multiple enquiries for internal and external signage. From there, it evolved into an incredible client list, working with brands such as Aesop, Venchi, Zadig and Voltaire, Le Labo, Pinko, Rituals, Hackett, the list goes on as well as providing signage and graphics directly for the Battersea Power Station Development Company.
Each store ranged from illuminated shopfront signage, built up and flat cut lettering positioned onto glass shop fronts and aluminium panels and projecting signs, as well as large format wall graphics.
Battersea was an extended project throughout this year but seeing the signage once the Power Station doors opened up made it all worth it. It’s been a busy few months!
But that’s not all…
New brands are approaching Graffiti as they begin their Power Station journey. We’re looking forward to becoming ‘part of the furniture’ at this incredible retail destination.
Keep your eyes peeled for more.
In the meantime, check out some more of our recent news below!
November already, how time flies.
As the end of the year is only a month away, why not take some time admiring a couple projects from this year, as well as exciting current projects that are coming soon.
Throughout the year we worked with our existing customers, Brewers, Knight Frank, Edwards, and Lush to manufacture new signage or update their pre-existing signage for several of their sites.
We produced a variety of different signage, ranging from printed graphics on aluminium sheets for projecting signs or printed vinyl graphics for window displays to illuminated shopfront signage.
One project we completed this year was Brewers, Bexhill.
Brewers have been a family run business for around 100 years and they are independent from any of the paint manufacturers. This allows them to be able to supply every brand of paint in their stores from over 180 decorating centres nationwide and online.
For this site, we manufactured and installed an illuminated flex face sign which was then connected to an existing power supply to give off the desired cool-toned illumination. We also manufactured two ACM fascia signs, both non-illuminated reading “open to all” and one sign listing several brands that Brewers have in store. In addition, we manufactured one small ACM panel with digitally printed graphics reading the store’s opening times.
Some other works involved with this job was manufacturing two square frosted vinyl graphics to be placed on the glass of the storefront door, one thin ACM fascia sign with fully wrapped graphics, five flat foamex panels with digitally printed graphics, and finally, two relatively small window graphics to be applied to the store windows.
Overall this project took about two to three weeks to manufacture and two days to install with two crews. Throughout the year, we also manufactured and installed similar signage for a variety of other Brewers sites, such as Sevenoaks, Christchurch and many more.
Another pre-existing client that we worked with this year was White Stuff.
White Stuff is a British fashion and lifestyle brand that sells women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing, accessories, homeware and gifts in over 120 shops in the United Kingdom.
Throughout this year, we received enquiries from quite a few of sites, one of which being Guildford.
In comparison to Brewers Bexhill, White Stuff Guildford was quite a small job but enjoyable nonetheless. For this site, we manufactured and installed three sets of thick acrylic letters which were router cut and then painted RAL 9003 semi-gloss white. These letters had hidden studs glued into the back which allowed them to be fixed into a pre-existing fascia. All three elevations were then illuminated via a long trough light, painted RAL 9005 black. The trough lights were positioned directly above the set of letters on each elevation, allowing the full fascia and letters to be fully illuminated and visible.
For this job, we also manufactured one internally illuminated aluminium projecting sign with stencil cut text, backed up with opal acrylic. We also manufactured three thick solid acrylic rimless letters with painted returns. During the production of this set of letters, each letter had internally embedded LED’s to allow for face illumination. The letters were then installed to a pre-existing timber fascia. The final signage produced for this project consisted of one slightly thick hardwood ply sheet being supplied with cable hole and cable channels created using a CNC router for pre-wiring.
In total, this project took around 18 hours to manufacture and one day to install.
During 2022, we have also been working with some new clients at Battersea such as Venchi, Uni Qlo, and many more.
You can read more here as well as keep an eye out for upcoming projects.
The year’s not over yet.
Supporting local businesses has been key this year. As a sign-making enterprise with a great variety of both UK and international clients, it seemed fitting these past few months to help local and independent businesses get their game face on. Getting it all done in time for national reopening as lockdown restrictions lifted was an additional challenge!
We’re used to big names and chain brands, but bespoke design is equally as important to the smaller businesses that make up the richness of urban life. Here are a few of our most recent projects in the area.
Gloss Hair Salon
Gloss came to us on short notice, wanting to renew their signage before the reopening on 12th April. They had no new logo and just a short brief: they liked chrome-look letters.
We met the client, surveyed the shop, put a design together, and had the entire project produced and installed in about 1.5 weeks!
The client was over the moon and has been recommending us locally ever since, as well as receiving multiple compliments from her own clients on the new signage. “It was everything I envisioned and more!”
Syntego are a small paper craft supplier who have just moved into bigger premises in Heathfield. They are a supplier rather than a walk-in, with fewer interactions likely to occur, so they were not worried about all the small details. They were clear and just wanted big, bold, eye-catching signage, for visual presence and mostly for delivery drivers to spot.
We took their logo and put a small spin on it to make it more eye-catching and they were extremely happy with the outcome.
Hunter finance was the first company to contact us via the ‘chat bot’ on the new website! Again, due to the type of business they are, the sign was not about client interaction, but more of giving a professional look that complemented the office building for client meetings. They sent over a design idea and we bought it to life.
End result: a happy local client, who has assured us they will be back in touch if they require more signage.
The Kitchen Store
The Kitchen Store called the office out of nowhere, requesting x4 illuminated fascia signs before the 12th of April for reopening.
The design and build were clear from the off, and we were able to accommodate their needs into our schedule at short notice. We turned this project around in two weeks for the client and installed it on Saturday the 11th, as this was the only date we could physically fit the install in.
This project was a huge team effort with tight deadlines and input from all departments to ensure we could hit the due date. There was a surprise site visit from the managing director towards the end of the install to inspect the signage, and he left happy and grateful for our quality and efficient work. “You made the whole process seamless,” our contact at the kitchen store said with relief.
Our Daily Edit
A small, independent clothing store in the Brighton lanes, Our Daily Edit came to us hoping to refresh for the reopening. They had a clear spec and design, and we were able to turn the project from paper to product: a simple but effective sign that consisted of an unusually projecting sign shape. We were able to meet the client’s design expectations after various discussions with the team at Graffiti Design. The client was very pleased and has since had a successful reopening.
Cravinn is a new, American-themed restaurant. They came to us with a rough idea of design and build. We invited them to come and see our showroom and factory, and after receiving various quotes, they decided that Graffiti would give them the best service and product.
We helped them finalise the exact build that they had pictured, by informing them of the techniques and products we would recommend for the sign. The result was brilliant, with everything produced and installed in good time, and the client’s feedback was everything we hoped for.
“I am very happy with the sign, the fitters, and Graffiti Design. A superb job! We used to literally sit around waiting for the sun to go down. Since seeing the sign, we have been on cloud nine (…) we had been dealing with a lot of stress with the shop, but this has really made us so happy.”
The client then followed up with a phone call and couldn’t have been more grateful, explaining how the physical signage was even better than everything they hoped for.
It’s a special feeling when you get to participate hands-on in physically helping businesses get back on their feet, especially when the feedback is so unequivocal.
Thinking of updating your own shop signs with high-quality design manufacture? We look forward to more such projects; our phone lines and in-house experts are always open for enquiries.
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