Ten of the most interesting retail spaces from around the world

Suspension staircase at Bazar Noir, Berlin

Hidden Fortress for Bazar Noir, Berlin

The levitating staircase at concept store Bazar Noir in Berlin was built to create a drama and contrast between the light wooden interior upstairs and the stark black room below. It was designed by Hidden Fortress after a commission from owner Catherine Pfisterer.

In Praise of Shadows interior for Aesop, Stockholm

A new retail interior in Stockholm by local startup, In Praise Of Shadows. They felled wood from and hewn elm from Stockholm’s nearby Djurgården National Park to deck out Sweden’s flagship store. It’s another collaboration between a small design studio and the well-known Australian brand.

In Praise Of Shadows for Aesop, Stockholm

Schemata Architects for Blue Bottle Cafe, Tokyo

California’s coffee brand par excellence, Blue Bottle, opened their Tokyo HQ in collaboration with Schemata Architects. The former warehouse in the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa district is a roastery and café separated with glass walls and floors to create a ‘transparent working, retail and training space’ for customers and staff.

Ciguë for Isabel Marant, Bangkok

Interior by Ciguë for Isabel Marant in Bangkok. Ciguë are known for repurposing materials in their commissions and their work is popular with Aesop, Diane von Fürstenberg and Krisvanassche. For the Isabel Marant store Ciguë used local bamboo women over a brass frame to build the suspended structure over the shop floor.

Isabel Marant, Bangkok, by Parisian design studio Ciguë

Penstore by From Us With Love, Stockholm

From Us With You, a Swedish interior design firm, created an entirely white space for a boutique dedicated to pens. The walls of Penstore’s retail space are covered in a sweetshop array of coloured pens from around the world.

YME Universe in Oslo, by Snøhetta

The Norse myth of creation was the inspiration for the YME Universe boutique in Oslo. Norwegian design agency, Snøhetta created a series of ‘other worldly’ spaces, some ambient, some bizarre, hoping to give customers a sense of escapism when inside the store.

Stockholm’s Penstore by From Us With Love

Suppose Design Office for Biotop lifestyle brand in Osaka

Biotop is a lifestyle brand based in Osaka, Japan. Architects’ Suppose Design Office transformed the concrete shell of a former fashion boutique into a split level clothing shop, restaurant and café that sit alongside a nursery for urban gardening.

Sneakerboy store by March Studio, Melbourne

March design studio have created a tunnel retail space by for the Sneakerboy store in Melbourne. For the new store, March combined the retro furnishings of an underground station with a proliferation of spotlights lighting up each pair of sneakers.

The Sneakerboy store in Melbourne

POST-OFFICE design for Artek 2nd Cycle Café, Clerkenwell

POST-OFFICE designed a functional mix of Artek products and F&W’s produce. The design scheme was based on children’s block toys, thus creating a random pattern throughout the space. The café was a joint commission from Artek and Fernandez & Wells.

Max Lamb for Opening Ceremony, Shoreditch

Local designer Max Lamb’s first retail space is an assemblage of London at the Ace Hotel for Opening Ceremony. The blue ring around the space is made from the same material as the hand rails on the Victoria line and the cashier desk is made from recycled glass from renovated London buildings.