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10 Most Beautiful Retail Stores in the World

Retail Design

Beautiful retail stores from around the world

I assume most of you deal daily mostly with digital design. Websites, Software, Mobile Apps… – that’s our reality. In my experience though, the design inspiration should be broad. The best projects I’ve ever worked on had some connection to the physical reality. eCommerce websites inspired by shop-windows, Financial websites with bank-style influences etc. – this kind of design inspiration always brings some kind of freshness into our skill-set and much desired familiarity to the minds of our users. It’s not about modelling the whole design to resemble its physical predecessor. It’s rather about taking the inspiration and creating something completely new with reference to the original.

That’s exactly why it’s worth spending a while watching things that are not digital. Let’s start with the series of the most beautiful retail stores in the world. Contemplating the work of retail-space design masters can teach us a lot about the relation of aesthetic and business efficiency, as well as space management.

Hope the following list will be as inspiring for you as it was for me

Thom Browne, Tokyo

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Comme Des Garcons, Tokyo

Comme Des Garcons Tokyo

HAN KJØBENHAVN FASHION, New York

HAN KJØBENHAVN FASHION NEW YORK

Otsuka Gofukuten Cloth, Kyoto

OTSUKA GOFUKUTEN CLOTH KYOTO

Selexyz Bookstore, Maastricht

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Plural Bookshop, Bratislava

Plural Bookshop, Bratislava,

Aesop, Hong Kong

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Menscience, New York

MENSCIENCE NEW YORK

The Story Unfolds Bookstore

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Apple Store, New York

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by Marcin Treder

UXPin CEO

Marcin Treder, UXPin CEO, is a design enthusiast that literally lives for creating the best user experience possible. After years working as a UX Designer and UX Manager he focused on his own start-up UXPin that provides tools for UX Designers all over the world. UXPin tools are used by designers in companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce. UXPin was recently voted the best start-up in Central and Eastern Europe. Marcin enjoys writing (e.g. for Smashing Magazine, .Net Magazine, UXMag, DesignModo, SpeckyBoy...), blogging (Marcin.is) and tweeting (@uxpin, @marcintreder).

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