E-commerce has thrust the retail world into a tailspin. With more and more products being purchased online, retail spaces are being forced to reevaluate their raison d'etre, especially to the young, affluent consumers who are searching worldwide for products they can't get locally.
Retail Design offers an intriguing look at number of outstanding retail spaces that not only face these challenges with ingenuity and imagination, but provide customers with a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Highlighted here are forty-five different solutions offered by some of today's most sought-after architects and designers from all over the world. Names well-known to the marketplace -- Nike, Tower Records, Swatch, Jil Sander, Armani, Hermes, Comme de Garcons, Sony, Daimler/Chrysler, and Bloomingdales -- are attached to wondrously conceived boutiques and stores in cities ranging from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles to London, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Bangkok. Each full-color spread illustrates how the use of space, interior design, color, lighting, and materials all serve to create environments that engage and attract the buyer. The accompanying text explains how the various types of retail environments -- from corporate flagship stores and elite boutiques to mega-malls and department stores -- have been reinvented to bring consumer and product together in a multi-faceted, supremely physical shopping experience that no computer could ever match.