Design-led retail spaces offer up more than just unique clothing and lifestyle products; they grant customers the experience of going inside the world of the brand. In the gallery below, Savoir Flair rounds up the world’s most inspiring retail spaces, from an all-glass box in the middle of New York City to an off-the-beaten-path minimalist boutique in Kuwait.
Carousel of Light Book Emporium, Bucharest
This 19th century six-story bookstore in the center of Bucharest houses over 10,000 books and was designed by regional Romanian firm Square One.
Photo: Courtesy of Demilked
Aesop, the Australian cult beauty brand known for commissioning a different design for each of its stores, created an entire ceiling made of coconut husk for its Singapore outlet. The design is said to be inspired by the twine used by Aesop for its gift boxes.
Photo: Courtesy of Aesop
Apple Cube, New York City
Arguably one of the most iconic retail spaces in the world, Apple’s 32-foot transparent cube is made of 15 panes of glass and sits in the center of New York on the corner of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Photo: Courtesy of Cupful of Joy
The Polo Mansion, New York City
Ralph Lauren’s 22,000-foot, four-story urban palace, which originally belonged to an heiress who never moved in, is designed in a neoclassical architectural style based on the legendary École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Photo: Courtesy of HS2 Architecture
Comme des Garçons, New York City
Taking the term “hole in the wall” to new heights is Comme des Garçons’ flagship property in Chelsea, New York. The entrance is a nondescript aluminum tunnel.
Photo: Courtesy ofNewYork.com
Opening Ceremony, Tokyo
Stepping into Opening Ceremony’s eight-level Tokyo property might feel more like stepping into a mini mall than a boutique. The store celebrates the city’s eclectic spirit with many themes and designer collaborations throughout the space.
Photo: Courtesy of Commune Design
This garage-like space smack in the middle of Kuwait is filled with one-of-a-kind fashion and lifestyle items, as well as minimalist interiors capable of rivaling New York or Tokyo.
This four-story, design-led sartorial haven is filled with artistic installments and some of the world’s most coveted up-and-coming brands.
Photo: Courtesy of Arch Tracker
The Céline London flagship store
Designed by Phoebe Philo, this 600-sqaure metre space is made up of twelve different types of marble inlaid with semi-precious stones. The brand partnered with Danish artist FOS to create bespoke objects for the store, including a day bed and custom chandeliers.