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Designers Select: Retail

Designers name their favorite new products for retail environments.

SOFTlab Fabricates a Flowery Fantasy in a SoHo Store

Brazilian shoe brand Melissa is known for its colorful plastic jelly shoes, which come from collaborations with notable designers including Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, and Jason Wu. 

3.1 Phillip Lim

A pop-up in Tokyo reflects the city’s avant-garde fashion culture.

Eurobike Porsche Showroom

1:1 arquitetura:design crafts a loft-like automobile showroom with Latin undertones for the Brazilian dealer for Porsche.


Blocher Blocher Partners extends and upgrades a celebrated German fashion store.

Livraria Cultura

A new template for socially interactive bookstores by Studio MK27 in São Paulo.

Designers Select: Lighting

Designers name their favorite new lighting fixtures.

Interiors Awards 2014: Retail

Cannon Hall at the Graz Armory by INNOCAD

Marc Jacobs Beauty

A sleek, monochrome backdrop allows for products to take 
center stage


A menswear boutique by Commune captures Southern California’s edgier side.

Stuart Weitzman Milan Flagship

Zaha Hadid creates a dynamic showcase for the shoe and accessory designer

Penhaligon's London

Christopher Jenner creates a sensual London flagship for an English perfumer.

Interiors Awards 2013: Retail

Crystal Bridges Museum Store in Bentonville, Arkansas by Marlon Blackwell Architect

Interiors Awards 2013: Showroom

Chonqing Mountain & City Sales Office in Chongqing, China by One Plus Partnership

Artek Berlin

The furniture company establishes a new European presence in a light-filled German penthouse

IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America Award Winners

One Best of Competition, seven Best of Category projects, and an additional 13 projects received Honorable Mentions from more than 100 projects from Mexico and Central and South America

Milliken Studio New York

With a white box backdrop, M Moser Associates helps Milliken & Company reconceive its Manhattan presence

Swarovski Lighting Showroom

An elegant space by tvsdesign showcases lighting by the Swarovski and Schonbek brands

Patrick Roger Chocolatier Brussels

A lighting installation emphasizes decadence in a Brussels confectioner’s shop

The Future in Technology and Experiential Interiors

An expert in retail environments examines emerging technologies that will have a direct impact on how we design spaces

Camper Granada

A-cero carves out a striking canyon-like space for the trendy footwear company

Diptyque London New York

Christopher Jenner creates bespoke interiors for two different contexts

Louis Vuitton

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama puts the luxury brand on the spot at Selfridges in London

Vintry FIne Wines

Rogers Marvel Architects crafts a bright, airy wine store with a fresh, modern twist

Orla Kiely

With a modern take on vintage, the fashion and accessories of Orla Kiely—now hot in the UK—arrive stateside

HyundaiCard Air Lounge

A Gensler-designed VIP lounge and kiosk take off at Incheon International Airport

A New Calvin Klein Underwear (Retail) Model

Janson Goldstein designs an edgy new retail concept for one of fashion’s most recognized brands

Interiors Awards 2012: Retail

Omonia Bakery in Astoria, New York designed by Bluarch Architecture

Interiors Awards 2012: Showroom

Modern Chinese Garden in Zhuhai, China designed by Kris Lin Interior Design

Reanimating a White Elephant: A'maree's by Paul Davis Architects

A southern California building takes on a new role

Bloomsbury Abu Dhabi by Carbon

UK design studio Carbon creates a high-end cupcake kiosk within an Abu Dhabi shopping mall

Pretty in Pink: Penhaligon, Singapore, Designed by Jenner Studio

A new fragrance shop exudes classic Victorian elegance and contemporary touches

A Canvas of White: Liverpool Polanco, Mexico City, Designed by FRCH Design Worldwide

A monochromatic backdrop is anything but dull at this Liverpool flagship, thanks to an award-winning store design from FRCH Design Worldwide

Shrine to Fitness: Nike Fieldhouse Store, Santa Monica, Designed by TVA Architects and Nike Retail Design

TVA Architects and Nike Retail Design roll out the first Fieldhouse Store in Santa Monica

Bloomie’s New Edition: Bloomingdale’s Santa Monica, Designed by Mancini Duffy

Mancini Duffy designs a new Bloomingdale’s store with a smaller footprint and relaxed-yet-polished attitude in Santa Monica

Nature Speaks: Ruti Boutique, San Francisco, Designed by Nicole Hollis

Reclaimed wood sets both urbane and rustic tones in Ruti, a space-challenged boutique by Nicole Hollis

A New Home: Balliets, Oklahoma City, Designed by Elliott + Associates Architects

An Oklahoma City fashion retailer gets a fresh start

True Blue: Levi's Meatpacking, New York, Designed by Anderson Architects

New York–based Anderson Architects uses a palette of robust materials to reflect an all-American brand in the new Levi’s store in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District

Contract Digital Edition: Global, Evocative, Retrofit Retail Design

The July/August 2011 issue from the commercial interior design trade publication features innovative projects and the Best of NeoCon® 2011 Awards

Becoming Kate: Kate Spade Flagship, Aoyama, Japan, Designed by Kramer Design Group

Kramer Design Group rebrands Kate Spade in a dynamic, vibrant flagship store in Japan

Ray of Light: C&A, São Paulo, Brazil, Designed by Chute Gerdeman

Chute Gerdeman brings a new energetic sense of life to the C&A fashion store in São Paulo, Brazil

Making a Marc: Marc Jacobs, Tokyo, Designed by Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects

Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects creates a standout store for Marc Jacobs in Tokyo that reinforces the designer’s brand while gracefully responding to its environs

Details, Details: KLF Architectural Systems Office & Showroom, Springfield, Missouri, Designed by Dake Wells Architecture

With both refined and workmanlike materials and careful consideration, Dake Wells Architecture elevates the form and function of KLF Architectural Systems’ compact office/showroom space

Run with it: ASICS Flagship, Amsterdam, Designed by Wests Design Consultants and Godel Tabora Design S.L.

ASICS’ latest flagship blends exclusive runner amenities with innovative technological features

We A.R.E. the Champions: 2011 A.R.E. Design Awards Winners

The Association for Retail Environments (ARE) honored this year’s A.R.E. Design Awards winners at Globalshop 2011

Interiors Awards 2011: Exhibit

voestalpine Steelworld Brand Museum in Linz, Austria, designed by KMS TEAM and jangled nerves

Showroom Winner: Triz Arte Showroom

Designed by Triz Arte in Singapore

Retail Winner: Carlo Pazolini

Carlo Pazolini designed by Giorgio Borruso Design in Milan, Italy

Fluid Healing: Jean Coutu Pharmacy, Montreal, by Groupe Chagall Design

Groupe Chagall Design combines strategic design techniques and a water-inspired aesthetic to create the innovative Jean Coutu Pharmacy space in Montreal

Deadline Extended: 2011 Interiors Awards

Submissions for The 32nd annual award from Contract magazine now due October 1.

Keep the Faith: Mansour Design transforms Limelight in New York into a family-friendly retail arcade

Mansour Design transforms the formerly notorious Limelight nightclub in New York into a family-friendly destination retail arcade

True to Form: Callison designs a new Cole • Haan store in Dubai

Callison designs a new Cole • Haan store in Dubai that adapts to its context while reinforcing the luxury retailer’s brand

Playful Pursuit: Randy Brown Architects designs Internet toy retailer Fat Brain Toys’ first store outlet

Randy Brown Architects devises an upscale, flexible design for Internet toy retailer Fat Brain Toys’ first store outlet

Stock Art: Roth + Sheppard designs the Denver Art Museum Shop to marry with the museum’s iconic architecture

Roth + Sheppard takes on the challenge of designing the Denver Art Museum Shop to perfectly marry with the museum’s iconic architecture

Eat. Shop. Love: Marc Jacobs Flagship by Stephan Jaklitsch Architects

The Marc Jacobs brand assimilates itself into the particular culture of Milan with a new store and café, designed by Stephan Jaklitsch Architects.

Taking Luxe to a New Level: Janson Goldstein designs Holt Renfrew's new Calgary flagship

The latest high-end fashions meet dramatic, contemporary design at Holt Renfrew’s new Calgary flagship, designed by Janson Goldstein

Hot Shops: Fontainebleau Hotel's Three Redesigned Shops by H DeVinn Visual and Mancini Duffy

The three newly redesigned shops at Miami Beach’s famed Fontainebleau Hotel redefine hotel amenities with a fresh look by H DeVinn Visual and Mancini • Duffy

Masculine Elegance Defined: Corneliani Flagship Boutique by poddaponti architetti

Sleek surfaces and stately hues at Milan’s high-end Corneliani Flagship Boutique, designed by poddaponti architetti, put the luxury menswear store’s executive clientele right at home.

Tiered Treasures: David Yurman Flagship, New York City by Gabellini Sheppard Associates

Designed by New York-based Gabellini Sheppard Associates, the look of the new David Yurman Flagship, New York store takes its cue from modern American architecture of the mid-1900s.

Sporting Authority: Brundl and Elord's Retail Design Serves Up Success

Two international sporting goods brands redefine store environments to create lifestyle-driven spaces for their respective categories.

The Golden Apple of Retail Design: Leeb Fruit Orchard by Architects Collective

The traditional market stand concept turns contemporary with a bit of design genius from Vienna-based Architects Collective.

Flagship Americana: American Eagle Outfitters Times Square by BAR Architects Inc

American Eagle Outfitters Times Square merges classic style with an industrial edge.

Fabric of the Future: Innovative Design Materials to Come

These 11 new materials and technologies offer a glimpse into where innovation is taking us.

Environmental Extraordinaire: Herman Miller LEED Showroom Raises the Bar

tvsdesign digs deep to deliver a stellar platform for environmental education and sustainable design at Herman Miller’s new LEED CI Platinum showroom—the first building of its kind in the City of Angles.

Hannaford Pilots Platinum LEED Supermarket

A LEED Platinum-certified supermarket debuts in Augusta, Maine.

Retail Design Leaders 2010

Despite a trying 2009, retail design firms brace for a 2010 comeback.

Global Retail Report: Designed to Globetrot

How and why Western designers are adapting to take a piece of the global design pie

Retail’s ‘Blooming’ in Dubai: Q&A with Callison’s Tom Herndon

Callison RYA Studio principal discusses Bloomingdale’s recent store debut in Dubai.

Footwear Theater: United Nude Illuminates Shoe Shopping

Architect Rem D Koolhaas frames shoe shopping in a wall of light at United Nude.

Pop-up Lighting: Temporary Designs

How strategic illumination can fit tight budgets for temporary stores.

Tesco MY Brand Focuses on Visual Design Displays

Mannequins and displays don't always have to be bland and serious.

Colors to Live By: Experts Predict Color Trends for 2010

What colors will be popular this year, and what will be driving their popularity?

Video Highlights: 2010 Interiors Awards Winning Projects

A visual montage of our 2010 winning projects

The 31st Annual Interiors Awards

In our 50th year of publication, Contract proudly presents the winners of the 31st Annual Interiors Awards Competition.

Interiors Awards 2010: Showroom Winner

Osram aimed to have its showroom be used for internal meetings, as a place to present its offerings to visitors as well as somewhere for visitors to relax and feel comfortable.

Interiors Awards 2010: Retail Winner

It's a challenge to create the first ever environment for an iconic doll," says James Slade, whose New York firm Slade Architecture was tasked with designing the first Barbie flagship store in Shanghai

Shades of Night: Why is Light Essential for Your Design?

Lighting designer Leni Schwendinger recently spoke with Contract magazine to discuss the importance of light in design and how it can be utilized to influence and enhance any commercial project.

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