Meet The 10 Most Beautiful Retail Stores in the World – Now that Valentine’s Day is coming and you are already thinking of what to buy for your beloved one and, most important, where to go to find the perfect gift, Interior Design Shops decided to gather some of the most beautiful retail stores from all around the world. With these 10 amazing suggestions, it will be impossible not to buy the perfect gift. Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!
1# Thom Browne Aoyama flagship store, Tokyo
The face of Thom Browne flagship’s building is a clean, post-modern exterior composed of sheet metal. On the interior, master designer Masamichi Katayama has created a minimal, though comfortable, setting for Thom Browne’s refined looks.
2# Comme de Garçons Aoyama flagship store, Tokyo
Comme de Garçons Aoyama, at 5-11-5 Minami-Aoyamathe flagship store of the Japanese fashion label headed by Rei Kawakubo, opened in 1999. The storefront’s design, by the British architectural collective Future Systems in conjunction with Kawakubo and interior designer Takao Kawasaki, features exterior wall cutouts at the ground level, with a façade of sloping glass panels printed with micro-patterned blue dots. The interior is portioned with glass walls. The lifesize white elephant that greets visitors was commissioned of British sculptor Stephanie Quayle.
3# Han Kjøbenhavn store, New York
The interior of Han Kjøbenhavn, located at 27 Prince Street in the former home of Ray’s Pizza, is particularly minimal, with jeans rolled up neatly inside stacked fixtures and wooden-framed photographs hanging on the wall just so.
The brand is best known for its eyewear, denim, and Danish workwear, which can all be found inside the new Nolita storefront.
4# Otsuka Gofukuten Cloth, Kyoto
Japanese designer Yusuke Seki plans to bring traditional Japanese dress back into fashion with this modern kimono shop in Kyoto. The concept for the Otsuka-Gofukuten shop is to simplify the process of having a kimono made-to-measure, encouraging more people to wear the historic robes day-to-day.
5# Selexyz Bookstore, Maastricht
The contemporary building interior of the Bookstore Selexyz Dominicanen was designed by Merkx+Girod architects in Maastricht, Netherlands for the Dutch booksellers Selexyz Dominicanen. Merkx+Girod were commissioned by the Dutch booksellers to convert the interior of the former Dominican Church in Maastricht into a modern bookstore.
For the same client, M+G had previously designed two bookstores in The Hague and Almere. The unique location in Maastricht, however, asked for a very different approach. The store demanded 1,200 sq m of commercial area where only 750 were available.
6# Plural Bookshop, Bratislava
Based in Bratislava, Slovakia, this building was designed by Plural and TotalStudio for a property with both a café and a bookstore. When you get inside, you have that same feeling as if you have finally arrived at a home you didn’t realise it was yours. A staircase structure and a wide library occupies the entire space.
The simple, minimalist design, combining bookshelves and comfortable, spacious reading places makes this bookshop one of those rare places where people can find true peace.
7# Aesop, Hong Kong
Situated at Festival Walk, a popular mall in the upscale Kowloon Tong area, the store occupies a unit on the ground floor and features an interior design by architecture practice Nadaaa from Boston. Behind a glass façade, the sleek design beckons with a natural palette and a subtle disregard of the linear.
8# MenScience flagship store, New York
In the wake of HWKN’s awarding winning WENDY for PS 1, the New York firm has designed a flagship store in SoHo for MenScience, a dermatological-grade skincare and nutritional products company.
Taking advantage of the opportunity to physically brand the company and set the tone for future retail locations, HWKN’s interior aesthetic includes a black steel product display set within a locally-sourced, recycled wood plank backdrop.
9# The Story Unfolds Bookstore
The Story Unfolds is a creative retail space that allows customers to publish their own books and sell them right at the bookstore. Designed by Leong Huang Zi.
10# Apple Store, New York
Apple’s second Manhattan retail store opened May 19th 2014 in New York City by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and structural engineers Eckerlsey O’Callaghan (glass elements). Located at 767 Fifth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets, the prominent site near FAO Schwarz and Bergdorf Goodman provides views of Central Park. The store occupies the underground retail concourse of the General Motors Building, with entry from the plaza level above.