From a cool California Modern flagship in L.A to an underground space for sneaker worship in Boston, each of these shops ingeniously brings a brand’s spirit to life within the context of its particular environment. Every one was created by a design firm that is a member of The List, the destination for all things Surface-approved. Want to join The List? Contact our team to find out how to apply.
6 Retail Spaces That Evoke Personality and Place
Heavy on thoughtful details, each of these stores is all about capturing character.By Janine Stankus August 30, 2018
1. The Row, Montalba Architects
Featuring a sweeping 25-foot skylight and a sun-catching pool deck, this flagship boutique in Los Angeles is a tribute to California Modernism, which is echoed by The Row’s own clean-lined aesthetic and signature style.
2. The Sanctuary, Sid Lee Architecture
Descend below Newbury Street, one of Boston’s oldest commercial stretches, and into a treasure trove for Adidas fans, where gear is presented among raw brick, metal, and concrete to highlight its streetwise vibe.
3. Chanel Ginza Namiki, Peter Marino Architect
This narrow, nine-story retail space in Tokyo’s Ginza district is a monument to the French fashion house. A matte black-and-white shell wraps around a refined interior that plays on Japanese minimalism.
4. Banks Journal, West of West
Situated in the shell of a historic building in L.A.’s Arts District, this flagship retail space for a surf-inspired menswear line features a lattice of ash and poplar wood that falls from the ceiling, connecting the brand’s Californian, Australian, and Japanese heritages.
5. KENZO, Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large
In the lush commercial neighborhood of Gangnam in Seoul, , Rafael de Cárdenas created an eye-catching facade composed of powder-coated metal, made to resemble a rack of yarn spools up close and evoking the colorful spirit of the KENZO brand.
6. Bellport General, Savvy Studio
This charming general store on New York’s Long Island is fresh, contemporary, and channels the seaside heritage of the nearby town of Bellport.