Top Designers Redefine Global Shops and Showrooms
Global brands turn to cosmopolitan influences, tactile traditions, and leading design firms to raise the bar in their shops and showrooms stateside and beyond.
5 Striking Retail Designs Around the World
Jaipur Rugs, Dubai, United Arab Emirates designed by Roar
For an entirely immersive experience, the Indian company’s own hand-knotted carpets enliven not only the floors
of the 8,400-square-foot showroom but also its walls and myriad staircases. The latter are steel covered in a gradient of color and lead down to a central hospitality area inspired by ancestral Rajasthani architecture, featuring archways and a custom table of rose-gold legs and a Tundra gray marble top etched with an intricate Jaipuri pattern.
13 Paix, Paris designed by Laura Gonzalez, Moinard Bétaille, and Studioparisien
Joining New York and London locations, the 32,000-square-foot maison is the main “temple” to the luxury French jeweler, its six levels a place of origin and collective memory, renovated to obtain the highest grade of BREEAM certification. Three floors encompass 10 salons, which are followed by workshops, archives, and a penthouse residence, all capped by glass ceiling over an atrium conceived in the spirit of a traditional Parisian inner courtyard.
Skypeople, Beijing designed by F.O.G. Architecture
The 2,300-square-foot shop selling ready-to-wear clothing for young professionals combines outer-space and polar-region modes, fashion and architecture into one minimalist whole through fitting rooms lit by color-changing LEDs and surfaces reminiscent of quilted coats. Randomly placed, angled mirrors are intended to change perspectives, spur
inspiration, and echo the bustling energy of urban life.
Forte Forte, Los Angeles designed by Forte Forte
For their first U.S. outpost, cofounder Giada Forte and art director Robert Vattilana of the Italian women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories label composed a desert vista with a skylit palette reflective of locale via resin-coated flooring, limewashed brick walls, and native greenery. Brass details add Hollywood glamour, while two stacked stones, a nod to a Fischli/Weiss sculpture, were sourced in Palm Springs.
Ceramiche Ragno, Milan designed by Benedetta Tagliabue-EMBT
Since the heritage ceramics supplier’s name means spider in Italian, the 4,300-square-foot flagship showroom is
a web of marble, cement, and stone inspiration and a kaleidoscopic sequence of rooms, with spinneret-esque wooden displays; jewel-toned tiles arranged into murals of Persian domes, Egyptian minarets, and Roman columns; and a continuous mosaic slab serving as flooring.
Benedetta Tagliabue-EMBT Designs a Contemporary Church in Northern Italy
A growing congregation in northern Italy is blessed by San Giacomo Apostolo Church, a new complex by Benedetta Tagliabue-EMBT that’s both contemporary and contextual.
Roar Entices Pastry-Lovers With a Spunky Donut Brand Design
For Here-O, a Middle Eastern donut brand, Roar conceived of an interior design meant to entice and wow pastry-lovers, complete with a sugary pink palette.
Forte_Forte Opens Cannes Boutique by Robert Vattilana
In 2002, Italian siblings Giada and Paolo Forte launched a fashion collection of hand-finished T-shirts, designed in a few rooms of their mother’s house. Their warehouse was the garage; their studio faced the garden in…
6 High-Concept Design Projects With Urban Edge
From a Shanghai beauty salon to a kids’ play space in New York, high-concept destinations are infused with urban edge and vitality.
Pulp Fiction Covers Inform the Design of a New York Staple
In Manhattan’s SoHo, local bar named Milady’s was a beloved fixture for decades. Now it’s been reborn at the hands of Lynn Gaffney Architecture.
Turn Up the Volume: Rios Brings a Vinyl Listening Room to Austin
Rios transforms a basement site in Austin’s Hotel Magdalena into a vinyl listening room akin to a Japanese kissa, where folks can indulge in music.