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WHAT IF no 15: HOUSE OF LINENS


We popped into ‘House of Linens’ a little while ago to get a few bits and pieces (we are going eco and are now fixing old clothes and buying ‘vintage’) and met the very friendly owner. He was talking about Billings so we told them about the What if Sydenham Project.

He looked all excited and rushed us outside to look at this sign which he wants to redo. We have been really busy and the few times we have had chance to pop by we haven’t seen him in the store. So before we show them what we have come up with I thought it best to get some feedback on this.

So here goes:

What if:

OPTION 1a

More sophistcated colours, the ‘stitched’ logo is on a raised enamel panel (about £400) on a wooden background with Vinyl applied lettering in gloss to make them look as if they are hand painted. The security grill and door etc have been painted to match the sign.

We aren’t sure when the business started trading in Sydenham but it’s been here a long time and the owners wanted to communicate this, hence the ‘trading since ’92′.

OPTION 1b

Or we could add an awning and raise the sign above. The awning costs about £1300.

OPTION 2

The sign is based on a fabric swatch with the turned corner in a shocking pink to catch the eye. Again the design is retro with a twist and uses more sophisticated colours.

So which one feels the most like a small, family run, haberdashery that has been trading locally for many many years?

If you comment please say if you use House of Linens.

For more feedback visit the Sydenham Forum or VIrtual Norwood.

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WHAT IF no14: FRESH & FRUITY


Fresh and Fruity are linked to Billings (What if No 13) as they are Amo’s parents. Infact without their help, and the help of Annabel and Tim from the Sydenham society Billings may never have happened.

Since then we have been incredibly busy and the What If Project has taken a back seat, despite lots of local businesses asking for their makeovers. Unfortunately we have to pay the bills as we fit these in when we can!

We have been promising this for a while, so I though I’d post it here, get some feedback before presenting onto them. It’s been a while in the making!

This is what the shop looks like now:

FRESH & FRUITY before


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BILLINGS IN THE PRESS


This was in the South London Press in July 2010.

It’s the second time we have been featured in the newspaper. Good publicity for Amo, the owner, and us.

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LEWISHAM DO HAVE GUIDELINES FOR SHOP FRONTS


http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/Environment/Planning/PlanningPolicy/LocalDevelopmentFramework/ShopFrontDesignGuide.htm

And they are good!
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GREENING THE NABOURHOOD CENTRE


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Just thought I’d throw this out there for comment. If the Nabourhood centre was covered in the green wall system it would cost between £450 to £600 per m2 (I’ve contacted some companies). I roughly estimate that the nabourhood centre is between 40-50m2 that needs covering. So it will cost between £18,000 to £30,000 to use the green wall system on the nabourhood centre. It reduces heat loss and helps keep buildings cook in the summer. It reduces noise. It’s VERY low maintenance. It stops graffiti. It doesn’t need painting. It encourages butterflies etc. It doesn’t damage the building. I know I’m going got get stick from some quarters which I’m fine with because of the Mosaic, which I disagree with (but I think Valerie has done an admirable job in bringing it to the stages of reality). I simply think it’s worth investigating an alternative. If we think it’s worth pursuing this I will. What do you think? Should I pursue it further?

WHAT IF no8: OUR EMPTY SHOPS LOOKED LIKE THIS


Empty shops are a blight on any high street (although sales of window polish go up).

W.I.S. Thinks that owners of empty shops should be forced to ensure that they are presented in an acceptable way. It’s a great opportunity to have art displayed, local history, or as in the case of this ad, history AND an advertisement. Everyone seems to hate those triangular boards stuck above shops saying ‘shop to let’.

The old curtain shop currently looks like this:

SAD, DEPRESSING, BORING, UNLOVED

SAD, DEPRESSING, BORING, UNLOVED

So how can we take something that is a blight on the high street and turn it into something positive?

What if it looked like this:

POSITIVE, PRETTIER, UNIQUE TO THE AREA

POSITIVE, PRETTIER, UNIQUE TO THE AREA


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WHAT IF no7: LADY METROS BECOMES GIFT BOX


I don’t know much about this new store except it sells gifts.

I guess most people know very little about it as it doesn’t have a sign. When the shutters are shut it doesn’t even look like it’s a business.

This is what it currently looks like:

The shop without a face

The shop without a face

I presume that once this was once one shop. I think it would be wise to live in harmony with Desire next door and make the sign one colour. Otherwise it’s a bit like those houses that try too hard to be different from their neighbours and you get a drainpipe painted in two different colours.

One other pet hate of mine are roller shutters that completely cover the front of the shop. They make high streets look like prisons. But you can turn a negative into an advantage by painting it.

So a shop without a sign becomes giftbox…

And how it could look

And how it could look


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WHAT IF no6: KENTE COFFEE SHOP


Kente is a great little coffee shop in the high street. We are lucky that we now have a few good places to go (although I wish some were open late!).

When I posted the original Deli what if it caused quite a lot of debate which led to calls for Kente to change it’s sign.

This is what Kente looks like at the moment:

Kente before makeover.

Kente before makeover.

It’s blue and yellow signage look more appropriate for estate agents sign that sits above the shop.

Look inside Kente and you will find old travel posters like these:

TRAVELPOSTERS

The lights inside have an art deco feel to them.

So I’ve picked up on some of these visual cues with the type. Colours are warm and inviting golds and reds on a roasted brown background which are colours more associated with coffee. Look at coffee packaging and a majority of it uses browns, blacks, reds and golds/yellows.

The sign would be better on wood rather than the shiny plastic background currently used.

Which could look something like this:

Stage 1

Stage 1

Colours are adjusted (background of sign is very dark ‘roasted brown’), logo is gold with deep rich red-ish brown type for kente. Type is adapted from some type on old travel posters, hand drawn bespoke for this, it’s not just a font!
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WHAT IF no5: The HSBC became a Thai Restaurant


I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of seeing such a prominent building lay disused for so long.

I don’t know if its possible to open it as a food outlet. We have a few places to eat in the evening, but compared to some places it’ is a bit limited.

I love a good Thai, and generally I go to them in central London. The Thai restaurant near where I used to live in New Cross was incredibly busy, so what if this…

THE HSBC 2009

THE HSBC 2009

Becomes something like this…

THAIPADHSBCAFTER

One other thing, in the background you may notice the wall has an old advertising sign for Cobbs corner on it on the new picture. What if we could ‘recreate’ some of these old painted ad/murals around Sydenham for businesses past and/or present.

MORE FEEDBACK CAN BE FOUND ON THE SYDENHAM FORUM

WHAT IF no4: REGAL DOORS


Someone recently was asking about bike shops on the Sydenham Forum.

Cycling is on the increase and there are loads of cycle routes around here. Having been out on a bike recently I was amazed how many cyclists there are around here.

But Sydenham currently has no bike shop.

So what if…

The Empty Regal doors shop near Kent House road with it's unlovely sign.

The Empty Regal doors shop near Kent House road with it's unlovely sign.

Becomes

Then new shop after 1 hour 15 minutes design and visualizing.

Apologies for the rough visual!

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WHAT IF no3: MUSTI’S


The idea of these what if’s is to show what even a little bit of design can do. I set myself an hour max to do each one and will do one version at least with the same shop front.

So this is Musti’s turn.

I loved Musti’s.
I’m really looking forward to them reopening. But why oh why, as everyone calls it Musti’s, was the shop named the pound plus store? I always kept going in the wrong store!

So what if:

Musti's, as it is today.

Musti's, as it is today.

Becomes

The new version, same shop frontage, just a bit of paint, new awning and sign.

The new version, same shop frontage, just a bit of paint, new awning and sign.

The work on this includes painting the metal work and surround a really dark blue, a new awning and simple new signage on a flat painted (not plastic) wooden background. The shopfront is unchanged and I haven’t changed what is in the window display (they are still smoke damaged goods in the visual!).

One last thing, if the large sign was removed, I’m sure you would find the original signage underneath. With a little more investment and possibly new shopfront it could be really special and a real local treasure.

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WHAT IF: no2 the chemists


Could the old Chemists one of the few remaining original shopfronts in Sydenham change from this:

Before

Before

Into something like this:

A bit of photoshop and 35 minutes later

A bit of photoshop and 35 minutes later

THIS HAS BEEN WIDELY DISCUSSED HERE AND IS NOW THE KENTE COFFEE SHOP WHICH IS EXCELLENT. THIS WILL BE ANOTHER WHAT IF:

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WHAT IF: no1 the ‘nabourhood’ centre


This is my first ‘what if’.

I may do more if it’s well received and who knows, perhaps the council will take notice.

The Nabourhood centre (this is it’s current name,  I’m not renaming it for this, I know it’s an odd name and many people hate it!)

What if the Nabourhod centre (this is what it currently looks like)…

May 2009

May 2009

…was painted and had a bit of TASTEFUL signage so people actually know what it is!. Is it that difficult or expensive to do? Some nice proper phone boxes would be nice in such a prominent location, remove the damaged and tired railings etc.

Costs between £2000-3500

Costs between £2000-3500

And perhaps it’s worth changing the net curtains in the window. How about some fresh different coloured vertical blinds to bring a bit of colour to the high street?

Added blinds in different colours.

Added blinds in different colours.


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