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Top 10: Surreal Retail Spaces

By Michael D. Lingerfelt FAIA, LEED AP posted Feb 06, 2013 5:27 PM


Whether it’s designer boutiques with extravagantly crafted display windows, cuddly-cute puppy apparel stores, or Bass Pro Shops the size of small stadiums, shopping today really isn’t what it used to be. Retail stores now are aesthetic experiences, complete with bespoke structures and graphics that cater to our most outrageous fantasies and strongest desires. These stores use elaborate methods of display — made possible with new fabrication and modeling techniques — that heighten the materiality and design of the products for sale.

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