A sinuous, fragmented display system is the focal point of Neil Barrett’s monochromatic, Zaha Hadid-designed fashion boutiques in Seoul and Hong Kong

A sinuous, fragmented display system is the focal point of Neil Barrett’s monochromatic, Zaha Hadid-designed fashion boutiques in Seoul and Hong Kong

It may sound paradoxical, but corporate store architecture today strives to be as individualistic as possible. This is partly due to necessity. Like many booksellers, high-end fashion labels are fending off fierce competition from online retailers. They hope that investing in new, ultra-contemporary stores with a unique identity will wow their customers. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Pen Store by Form Us With Love (SE)

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Pen Store by Form Us With Love, photo: Jonas Lindström

Pen Store by Form Us With Love, photo: Jonas Lindström

A retail space that behaves like a shop, a gallery, an atelier and a supplier warehouse, the Pen Store in Stockholm designed by Form Us With Love, is not just a store, it’s a brand experience.

 

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Wed 17.12.

True Beauty Inside and Out

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Suspenseful: "Mell Lounge" by designer duo Jehs & Laub blends casual comfort with minimalist elegance

Suspenseful: “Mell Lounge” by designer duo Jehs & Laub blends casual comfort with minimalist elegance

In a manner of speaking, COR is interlübke’s younger sister. It was founded in 1954 – also by Leo Lübke, together with the then Prince of Bentheim-Tecklenburg. His Serene Highness’s coat of arms featured three hearts. And because producing outstanding upholstered furniture was a matter very close to the two co-founders’ hearts, they called the new enterprise COR, which is Latin for heart. (by Atrium)

 

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Architonic Newsletter 12.2014

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Issey Miyake’s new London flagship store, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka

Issey Miyake’s new London flagship store, designed by Tokujin Yoshioka

It is in the run-up to the Christmas holidays that the changes in our shopping habits become especially clear. In addition to bricks-and-mortar stores, people tend to visit online shops, which offer extended possibilities for browsing. Accordingly, eighty per cent of all purchases today begin on the Internet. E-commerce and purchases made in real shops are already perceived as elements of a single process, and in future they will be integrated even more closely. Customers benefit from the respective advantages of both shopping alternatives: they can obtain initial information online and then actually view and experience the product at a local store, from where it might be purchased online. As our leading article reveals, the offline store has not lost its significance as a result – its function has simply changed to one of supporting the profiles of specific brands and enhancing the shopping experience with event character.

 

Here’s what you’ll find in our December Newsletter:

 

Shelf-life: Why Bookshop Interiors Are Turning Over a New Leaf
Flagship Enterprise: The Future of Corporate Store Architecture Emphasizes Individuality
Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
Inspiring Search Results N° 36: Retail Display Lights
Inspiring Spaces N° 28: Shopping Centres
Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

 

Architonic’s newsletter for December 2014 can be read (and subscribed to) here.

Tue 16.12.

Tradition Meets Trend

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Swinging: the Euvira rocking chair by Jader Almeida. Bell side and coffee tables with Bell Light pendant lamps by Sebastian Herkner

Swinging: the Euvira rocking chair by Jader Almeida. Bell side and coffee tables with Bell Light pendant lamps by Sebastian Herkner

Guardian and discoverer, traditionalist and trendsetter, retrospective and forward-looking: ClassiCon (Classic Contemporary Design) sees itself as a bridge that spans stylistic eras. Besides international furniture gems of the 20th century, it also presents outstanding contemporary designs with the potential to become tomorrow’s classics. What they have in common is a consistently stylish aesthetic language that rises above short-lived fashions and thus conveys an aura of elegant value. In addition, ClassiCon is the only licensee in the world that produces and distributes the collection of Eileen Gray (1878-1976), adhering faithfully to the original designs, delivering top-quality craftsmanship and meeting the highest ecological standards. (by Atrium)

 

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Heimtextil

Heimtextil

As a leading international fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main will, from 14 to 17 January 2015, again welcome architects, interior architects, interior designers and related professions to take advantage of this first trade fair of the year to catch up with the latest developments in the field of textiles. Although products developed specifically for contract furnishing are the main reason for their annual visit to the fair, the impressive and ambitious accompanying programme is just as attractive, especially as it can be regarded as a form of advanced training that enhances the professional skills of participants. (by Ulrich Büttner)

 

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With its apertures connecting different floors, Isay Weinfeld’s Livraria da Vila bookstore in São Paulo anticipated the trend for more transparent interiors in bookshops that’s now increasingly common

With its apertures connecting different floors, Isay Weinfeld’s Livraria da Vila bookstore in São Paulo anticipated the trend for more transparent interiors in bookshops that’s now increasingly common

In the retail world, bookstore interiors are arguably changing more radically than in any other sector. Time was when bookshops appealed for being old-world and fusty, with their labyrinthine layouts, faintly musty smells and eccentrically bookish proprietors. One example might be Paris’s Shakespeare and Company bookshop, founded by Sylvia Beach in 1919. Fast-forward to the 1990s, and bookshops had become megastores incorporating cafés and comfortable leather armchairs where customers could browse for hours and sip cappuccinos. (by Dominic Lutyens)

 

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Camper Showroom / Office, Shanghai by Neri & Hu, photo: Shen Zhonghai

Camper Showroom / Office, Shanghai by Neri & Hu, photo: Shen Zhonghai

Drawing inspiration from the surrounding urban condition, the Camper Showroom / Office in Shanghai by architects Neri & Hu recalls both the spatial qualities and the vibrant activities characteristic of life in a typical Shanghai alleyway, called a “nong-tang.”

 

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