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Corporate identity: 2nd hand and design boutique

By Retro







By Retro is one of my favourite 2nd hand boutique in Istanbul. The interior design reminds me the flea market in Geneva. You can have sunglasses, bags, dresses, ties and even old radios or grammaphones. Prices are variable.

They have 2 tailors; and cloth rent service for the series and cinema sector.

Although the store has a large area, it is very congested, and all of the products are hanging over you when you are walking in the corridors. This is a place that you can find anything vintage.



Edo is another great boutique from Istanbul. It is a product of coloboration of turkish and japanese entrepreneurs. Most of the designed products are imported from Japan, and they reflects Japanese street style clothing. Although the store is small, it is very airy and white color is dominant in its interior design. Prices are high.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any good photos on web that reflects the soul of the store, but I will try to go there and take some photos.


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“With husband Philip Start (founder of Woodhouse), buyer Brix Smith-Start co-owns three excellent boutiques nestled next to each other on Rivington St, EC2. With standalone men’s and women’s boutiques stocking Comme des Garçons, Stella McCartney and Jil Sander alongside Philip Lim and Karen Walker.”

Time Out London

“42-44 Rivington Street hosts an array of new and established luxury labels, from local British designers such as Stella McCartney and Richard Nicoll to international pieces from Phillip Lim and Chloe, amongst others. And while we stock the most highly regarded ready-to-wear collections, we also make it our mission to search for emerging brands before they become household names.”

Start’s official website

I wrote these quotations, because I had no idea about Start before I read them. This is obvious that they avoid becoming household brand, so their corporate identity should be original and elite. The interior design is simple, but bold colors are conspicuous.









Cochinechine is another design boutique from London. I took screenshots from its official website. I really like the products.

The interior design is a combination of vintage objects and elegant architecture with some lovely illustrations on the walls. I like it , because the contrast between elegance and the illustrations are not disturbing, conversely it is a nice touch. Designing the corporate identity of a store like this can be interesting.

corporate identity: chinese restaurant

I think we should analyze the restaurant’s interior design to give a decision about its corporate identity.

Here are some basic information about chinese interior design taken from Savvy Decorating:

Basics of Chinese Interior Design

One of the most basic aspects of Chinese Interior Design is the screens which are used for room decoration and privacy. Traditionally the screens were lattice frames with translucent fabric or paper providing privacy and design. Screens are now made of more elaborate materials including beautifully carved woods and bamboo with ivory and fine metal inlays. These screens create a sense of mystery while adding considerable beauty. Many people now use these screens even with other types of interior design.

Another basic of Chinese Interior Design is keeping a room very simple with rich and elegant objects skillfully placed for maximum affect. The Chinese tradition is that rather than have many mediocre objects in a room that one or two fine quality objects are the focal point. This focus dictates that the rooms will remain simple, airy and light.

Bar Shu

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Bar Shu 2 (600 x 394)

Bar Shu 3 (600 x 434)

Bar Shu 4 (600 x 394)

Bar Shu 8 (254 x 138)

These photos are taken from

Bar Shu is one of the famous chinese restaurants located in London, and it is never cheap. It has a light and not congested interior design. I like wooden furnitures that are displaying simple, elegant and nature oriented design of the restaurant.

I think that the corporate identity design should be subtle and airy with reference to Bar Shu’s interior design; it has to contain subtle colors and large white space.

Shanghai Blues

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These photos are taken from the official website of Shanghai Blues.

Shanghai Blues is another expensive and plush chinese restaurant from London. It has also a subtle(?) interior design, but it is darker and more congested. Dimly lighting and dark colored furnitures require repressive use of dark colors in identity design.

Çin Büfe






Çin Büfe is a middle standard chinese restaurant in Istanbul. It is not very expensive, but also not cheap.

The interior design of it is comfortable, and it seems OK. There some chinese figures and feng-shui mirrors on the walls with reference to chinese interior design, but the logo has a bolder design. I think it is in somewhere between elegant restaurants and fastfood restaurants.

Wok to Walk

These photos are taken from google images.

Wok to Walk is chain of chinese fast food in Netherlands. I have eaten there in a couple times, and it was delicious. You can have take away or eat in there, and this is cheap in compare with other restaurants.

The interior design of Wok to Walk is similar to the other fast food restaurants. Boldness is the main element of its design.

Nu Noodle


nu noodle

These photos are taken from google images.

Nu Noodle is the turkish version of Wok to Walk. The concept is same. It is also a chinese fast food restaurant, but not a chain corporation. Additionally there are bar chairs and a wall-integrated table, beside take-away service.

It has also bold interior design that seems nice.