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10 Stunning Storefronts Rethinking the Retail Experience

Bricks-and-mortar retail is far from over—these storefronts prove it.

1. Project: 


Site: Tokyo

Standout: An interwoven stainless steel mesh screen zigzags along the entrance, creating niches for mannequins and forging serenity within hectic shopping mall environs.

Hunke Optik by Ippolito Fleitz Group. Photography by Zooey Braun.

2. Project: 


Site: Ludwigsburg, Germany

Standout: Luxury spectacles perched on radiant Perspex shelving command attention, while private consulting occurs along the Aspergerstraße facade’s integrated alcoves.

Phat Soles by Wifijerez Laboratorium. Photography by Giorgios Sfakianakis.

3. Project: 


Site: Athens

Standout: Spotlights illuminate recycled theatre chairs, where customers try on vibrantly colored sneakers amid black sand-blasted fir wood columns and gridded metallic shelving.

Dior by Labvert. Photography by Andreas Scheiblecker.

4. Project: 


Site: Paris

Standout: Sunny motifs abound: the window’s golden soleil sculpture, chandeliers equipped with optical lenses, and wall-mounted glass lamellae all brighten the brand’s first glasses boutique.

Cañamiel by MATERIA. Photography by Yaatzil Ceballos.

5. Project: 


Site: Mexico City

Standout: The budget-minded boutique’s material rawness is exemplified via rearrangeable shelving where Mexican and Latin designers showcase apparel, accessories, and homewares.

Max Mara by Duccio Grassi Architects. Photography by Bryant Botero.

6. Project: 


Site: New York City

Standout: Hand-treated brass wall surfaces created with Tuscan artisanal techniques nod to Italian craftsmanship, also a focal point in the entrance’s Ceppo di Gré stone flooring.

Warby Parker by JRM Construction Management. Photography by Hung Pham.

7. Project: 


Site: Santa Monica, California

Standout: A glass storefront ensures terrazzo flooring, a marble reception desk, solid wood–wrapped shelving, and the curved soffit’s cartoonish illustrations by Steven Harrington soak in sunlight.

The Webster by Christopher Osvai. Photography by Andrew Rowat / Camilo Rios.

8. Project: 


Site: New York City 

Standout: Works by Gaetano Pesce, Pierre Frey, and Maxi Cohen enliven six floors of a historic SoHo cast-iron, host to high-end clothing interwoven amongst Art Deco objets d’art.

Vrai & Oro by Warren Office for Research and Design. Photography: Paul Vu / Vao.

9. Project: 


Site: Los Angeles

Standout: The female-run jeweler’s ornament-free approach also applies to the flagship’s curved walnut seating, linear brass pendants, and warm lighting, all a toast to understated elegance.

Swarovski Kristallwelten by Fredrikson Stallard. Photography courtesy of Swarovski.

10. Project: 


Site: Innsbruck, Germany

Standout: Underneath medieval niches sit museum-like patinated steel vitrines that showcase both the enduring radiance of crystal and the studio’s proficiency with material contrasts.

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Ofist has spent the last 14 years designing commercial and residential spaces in Istanbul, often devising custom furnishings that later become widely produced. Eye-D, ...
Living in a luxury beachfront neighborhood on the Mediterranean Sea, near Tel Aviv, generally conjures up images of sunny days ...
At 22,000 square feet, the space displaying and selling residential models and units for a complex of buildings in Fujian ...
Rainbows, crystals, fireflies, those exhibitionists of the natural world, are exuberantly reimagined at bookstore chain Zhongshuge’s latest location, on the ...
Trained on three continents, Nic Lee traveled to Denmark as an exchange student and to the U.S. to get his ...