AkzoNobel Heritage Spinner Case Study

The Heritage brand of paints is a part of the AkzoNobel Group, alongside Dulux, Cuprinol, Polyfill and many more, crafted by Dulux professionals and industry innovators, the range is considered to be the perfect mix of traditional and modern design. “A timeless, luxury colour palette that meets the demands of busy, modern life.” When the brand launched, Ripple was approached to technically design, develop and manufacture a rollout of feature, Heritage display units for 199 select decorators merchants. The product, known as the “Heritage Spinner” was a great display for our Technical Designers to work on and really showcased their skills. The concept came from V2 Studios, a strategic design consultancy with who we’ve collaborated on a number of projects now, and it was up to our Technical team to take this concept and realise it for manufacture. The process included specifying various materials, construction, fixing methods and finishing to achieve the desired result. Once complete, the detailed technical drawings and blueprints were sent to our in-house manufacturing facility for prototyping and testing, before the final rollout began.

Historic Environment Scotland Case Study

The Engine Shed is Scotland’s building conservation centre. Created and managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), it promotes engagement with traditional buildings and educates people about the skills and materials required to build, conserve and maintain them. The beautifully restored, redundant MOD railway building (engine shed) was refurbished in 2019 with 2 new wings added and Ripple was asked to design, manufacture and install their retail area; a unique project with a contemporary reflection of the industrial era complimenting the outstanding conservation efforts of the existing building. Aside from the manufacturing and installation of this project, a great deal of emphasis was put on the design for the manufacturing process. Our Technical Design team took the approved concepts from the architects and agencies involved and worked hard to realise exactly how the products could be manufactured, considering materials such as Cold Rolled Blackened Steel (CR4) with lacquered finish to offer an industrial look and feel. These expertly finalised designs then headed into our in-house manufacturing facility where the design team continued their involvement to oversee the detailed production and on-site installation.

Akzo Nobel Customer Experience Centre

With hundreds of well-known and well-trusted brands under its belt such as Dulux, Cuprinol, Hammerite, Pollyfilla and many more, AkzoNobel are experts in making coatings, and chances are that you’re never more than a few metres away from one of their products. We worked closely with AkzoNobel and design agency, V2 Studios to help transform 6,400 square feet of space within the head office, into a high-tech customer centre for the business to showcase its brands. The new space allows retailers to immerse themselves in the customer experience and view product innovations before they go to market. The multifunctional environment was designed to inspire, educate and engage not only AkzoNobel customers but also its staff. The Ripple design team worked with V2 to interpret their concepts and then translate them into tangible products, furniture and displays. Following the sign off of our technical specifications, we then manufactured in-house and carried out the installation in Slough.