Store design concepts 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we look back on some of the most noteworthy store design concepts to have launched around the globe in the last 12 months.

Paco Rabanne, Paris

Design: Office KGDVS
Opening date: January 2016
Store size: 65 sq m

French fashion house, Paco Rabanne returned to the retail scene in January 2016 after a 14-year absence with a new store in Paris. Located just around the corner from the stylish Rue Saint Honore on Rue Cambon, the intimate boutique was the result of a collaboration with Belgian architects, Office KGDVS (the firm's first international retail project). The two main retail zones, at the front and the rear of the store, feature perforated metal walls that give a nod to the radical experiments of the eponymous designer, Paco Rabanne.


O2 Manchester

Design: Dalziel & Pow
Opening date: January 2016
Store size: 214 sq m

Digital communications company, O2 opened a new concept store in Manchester at the beginning of 2016 that is designed to revolutionise the look and feel of a traditional mobile phone shop. The location is three times the size of a typical O2 store, and features interactive 'inspire zones' and lounge areas where customers can explore the latest technology and enjoy complimentary hot drinks. Designed by Dalziel and Pow, the interior blends digital design with warm domestic finishes, such as reclaimed furniture and soft rugs, to create a 'relaxed, agile and social environment'.


Dior, Florida

Design: Peter Marino
Opening date: March 2016
Store size: Three floors, with outdoor terrace

French luxury fashion house, Dior continued its US expansion in March with a new standalone women's boutique in the design district of Miami, Florida. The three-storey retail space takes inspiration from the brand's worldwide flagship on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, designed by American architect, Peter Marino. The building's distinctive white facade was designed in partnership with Barbarito Bancel Architectes and is constructed with decorative concrete panels to complement Miami's evolving art and design scene. It is the first Dior boutique in the US - and the third in the world - to feature a star installation as a symbol of good luck (the other sites are in Omotesando, Tokyo and Seoul, Korea).


UGG, Florida

Design: Checkland Kindleysides
Opening date: May 2016
Store size: 260 sq m

American footwear brand, UGG unveiled a new global retail concept in May 2016 as part of its biggest relaunch in 37 years. Marking the 10th anniversary of the company's first flagship store in SoHo, New York, the new design is said to blend together the many ways that UGG fits into its customers' lives, from home to work to play. The new concept, designed in collaboration with UK-based Checkland Kindleysides, launched at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and will inspire future openings in key markets, including Shanghai, New York and Tokyo.


Michael Kors, London

Design: In-house
Opening date: May 2016
Store size: 1,512 sq m

London's Regent Street is home to several remarkable flagship stores, including the largest Michael Kors store in Europe. Set over three floors, the 1,512 sq m retail space combines an elegant, historic facade with a sophisticated, modern interior. Created in-house, the new design represents an evolution of Michael Kors' signature store aesthetic, with dark Macassar wood floors and tables, shelves of brushed stainless steel, Venetian wallpaper and Calacutta marble fixtures.


Tate Modern, London

Design: UXUS
Opening date: June 2016
Store size: 500 sq m

The Tate Modern Switch House extension by Herzog & de Meuron opened to the public in the summer with a special three day celebration in partnership with UNIQLO. The twisted, pyramid-like building on the south side of the River Thames is 10-storeys high and offers 60 per cent more space for visitors to explore, including new galleries, a viewing terrace, restaurant and a 500 sq m shop. Located at the base of the extension, the UXUS-designed store is part shopping destination, part cultural hangout.


Selfridges Designer Studio, London

Design: Campaign
Opening date: July 2016
Store size: 1,580 sq m

Harry Gordon Selfridge once said, 'Develop imagination, throw away routine', which is what design firm Campaign set out to achieve with the first phase of the department store's new Designer Studio, which opened in July 2016. The architectural mood of the space is a juxtaposition of raw and exposed, contrasted with classic and refined. A series of architectural follies, created by a number of progressive artists including Gary Card, Anna Lomax and Patternity, punctuate the area, lending itself to a curated gallery.


Sonos, New York

Design: Partners & Spade
Opening date: July 2016
Store size: 390 sq m

Sonos opened its very first retail store in July 2016, in SoHO, New York. The consumer electronics company, known for its wireless speaker systems, worked with Partners & Spade to create a space that allows the music to do the talking. The store is split across two levels and features seven state-of-the-art listening rooms, each acoustically designed to replicate a home listening environment, from a kitchen and study to living room.


Fabled, London

Design: gpstudio
Opening date: August 2016
Store size: 745 sq m

Fabled, in London's Tottenham Court Walk, brings to life the beauty collaboration between women's magazine Marie Claire and online supermarket Ocado. Designed by gpstudio, the 'test and play' store is spread across two levels and is intended to support the premium online beauty brand. Digital elements throughout the store continually link the space to Fabled's online offer, with touch-screen technology enabling customers to learn about, and experiment with, the brand's beauty products. The interior has a simple, pared-back material palette, with grey tiles, concrete, ply and exposed architectural shell to present a neutral and honest backdrop to the brands.


Warehouse, London

Design: Checkland Kindleysides
Opening date: September 2016
Store size: 251 sq m

High street fashion retailer Warehouse reopened its London Argyll Street store following a complete redesign by Warehouse brand consultant Alasdhair Willis and Checkland Kindleysides. Split across two levels, the 251 sq m space is designed to feel like a continuation of the street, balancing modernity with a gritty urban character. The journey through the store is an exploration of the city, navigating tall architectural buildings that open up to the bright sky. The product is merchandised against building facades that are created from authentic materials, and the sky is created from a narrow light box that is suspended from the ceiling and runs down the centre of the store.


Image: Nigel Young

Apple, London

Design: In-house; Foster + Partners
Opening date: October 2016
Store size: 1,040 sq m

Apple has reimagined its store on London's Regent Street to create a richer, more dynamic experience for customers. The design creates a relaxed environment while incorporating Apple's new features and services, and is the result of a close collaboration between chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, senior vice president, Angela Ahrendts and London architects Foster + Partners. Characteristic of the new Apple flagships, the interior features a 7.2m double-height grand hall, forming a 'town square' like space that is flexible and welcoming. Using a warm palette of materials, including stone, wood and terrazzo that is sympathetic to the historic nature of the building, the store has a calm setting, with the creased height allowing for the addition of 12 Ficus Ali trees on the ground level.


Jigsaw, London

Design: Dalziel & Pow
Opening date: October 2016
Store size: 300 sq m

The Jigsaw store in St James's Market houses the brand's full range of men's and women's clothing, footwear and accessories, as well as a shop-in-shop for sister brand, The Shop at Bluebird. The two spaces are differentiated with contrasting aesthetics, yet framed and connected using iridescent panels. David Dalziel of Dalziel & Pow, which designed the store, describes the refined and considered St James's Market store as the perfect grown-up sister to the robust and raw Duke Street experience.


ASSOS of Switzerland, London

Design: Ab Rogers
Opening date: November 2016
Store size: 304 sq m

Cycling brand ASSOS of Switzerland opened its first international concept store in November 2016, at St James's Market in London, marking the 40th anniversary of the company. Designed by Ab Rogers (the brainchild behind the design of Comme Des Garconsas well as projects for TATE, the V&A and Conde Nast), the landmark store is split across two levels and houses the full ASSOS apparel collection, helmets, eyewear and accessories. The interior is inspired by Rogers' work with museums as well as aspects from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Nike, New York

Design: In-house
Opening date: November 2016
Store size: 5,110 sq m

Nike Soho is a five-storey, multisport retail experience, designed to deliver the best of Nike's personalised services, from exclusive trial spaces to product customisation. 'We’re leading the transformation of sport retail — offering the best of Nike products, services and experiences under one roof,' says Heidi O’Neill, Nike’s president of global direct to consumer. 'With Nike Soho we can realize the promise of personalized performance. Powered by immersive digital trials and in-store experts, this store is about elevating every athlete’s potential.'


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