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Walking down the designer shopping streets of the world's capitals has never been so exciting. Whether you are on London's Bond Street, on Fifth Avenue in New York or on Via Montenapoleone in Milan, it is very clear that a revolution has taken place in fashion-retail design. Shops are being refitted almost on an annual basis in a whole range of styles, from the most purist minimalism to fantastical 1970s-inspired futurism. The emphasis being on novelty, innovation and an ingenious use of new and classic materials. By investing millions of dollars of their money on flagship stores and employing the biggest names in architecture, the fashion houses are clearly demonstrating just how important they now consider store design to be. Who are the architects and interior designers behind these fabulous stores and what is the thinking and concepts behind them?
Fashion Retail profiles in depth over 28 recent stores. It features the stunning work of renowned architects such as Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron for Herm?s and Prada, as well as that of Gabellini Associates and Claudio Silvestrin, who have developed long-standing relationships with fashion designers Jil Sander and Giorgio Armani respectively. Young designers are also represented, such as Will Russell who produced the cutting-edge interior for Alexander McQueen's stores and Universal Design Studio, who executed the much applauded design for Stella McCartney's new shops in London and New York. Future Systems' landmark design for Selfridges in Birmingham provides the centrepiece for the final chapter dedicated to new department stores.
About the Author
Eleanor Curtis is a London-based writer and photographer whose work has featured in UK and international broadsheets and journals. She is a graduate of the University of Sussex and has been a research fellow at the Royal College of Art, London. She has published three books with Wiley-Academy: Hotel Interior Structures (2001/2003), School Builders (2003) and Club Culture (2003).
Table of Contents
Rem Koolhaus for Prada.
Herzog De Meuron for Prada.
Renzo Piano for Hermès.
Louis Vuitton et al for Louis Vuitton.
Architectural Concepts for the Brand.
Claudio Silverstrin for Giorgio Armani.
Gabellini for Jil Sander.
David Chipperfield for Dolce & Gabbana.
Lazzarini Pickering for Fendi.
Matteo Thun for Missoni.
Future Systems for Comme des Garçons.
Future Systems for Marni.
Sybarite for Marni.
Sophie Hicks for Chloe.
Will Russell for Alexander McQueen.
Universal Design Studios for Stella McCartney.
Fuksas for Emporio Armani.
Janson Goldstein for Emporio Armani.
Virgile and Stone for Burberry.
Sophie Hicks for Paul Smith.
Curiosity for Issey Miyake.
Cho Slade for Martine Sitbon.
6a and Tom Emerson for Oki-ni.
Gabellini and Gianfranco Ferré for Gianfranco Ferré.
Gabellini for Nicole Farhi.
Under one roof - the new department stores and the future of shopping.
Future Systems for Selfridges.