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Karl Lagerfeld store by Plajer & Franz Studio and Laird + Partners, Paris

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On March 1st 2013 the first European concept store for KARL LAGERFELD opened on Boulevard St. Germain. The new retail concept has been developed under the artistic direction of the designer himself. marked by a minimalistic design with french flair the store design was created and implemented by Plajer & Franz Studio in cooperation with New York based creative agency Laird + Partners.

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Spread on 209 sqm shopping space, the overall store concept bears reference to the characteristic handwriting of Karl Lagerfeld and is inspired by the vision of the designer. The main focus lies on reduction, black and white as well as strong contrasts in shapes and surfaces, blending edgy modern and classic elements. For all that, the rich-in-contrast design of the store appears harmonious and captivates with its love to detail.

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Materials and their surfaces play a vital role in the shop design, often creating a multi-dimensionality. Reflecting surfaces such as glass and mirror contrasted with matted materials allow to play with perspectives and thus the creation of subtle visual illusions – a creative wink and a detail becoming visible only on second sight…

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A dash of french flair is brought to the store by means of a deliberately chosen interplay between classic and modern elements. Inventory objects such as the old wooden staircase leading from the ground level to the first floor have been covered in glass and in doing so transported into modernity. The wood panelling on the first level, characterized by neo-classical lines of french architecture, is maintained and merely restored.

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Vice versa, elements of the panelling serve as a leitmotif for the composition of the corian-walls, reapearing in the form of LED-illuminated stripes throughout the store. The dialogue between old and modern elements further reflects Karl Lagerfeld’s and the brand’s modern attitude.

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The store concept is centered around an exciting and elaborate digital experience – the virtual window to KARL LAGERFELD. iPads allow customers to flick through the lookbooks, visit and browse the KARL LAGERFELD website and even communicate with the designer himself via a digital guestbook. Built-in touch-screens are placed in the fitting rooms encouraging consumers to capture their looks and share the pictures with friend via twitter, facebook or email. It goes without saying that the “karl-community is connected…

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Positioned as trend-focused, accessible luxury brand with ready-to-wear and accessories for women’s and men’s the new store concept leverages Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic image. The concept is developed to carry the complete range of ready-to-wear and accessories of the fashion house whilst leaving room to experience the world of Karl with a unique assortment of objects including sunglasses, watches as well as other iconic and limited items curated by Karl Lagerfeld such as photography and design books among other surprising items…

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Camper store by Nendo, New York

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Over a thousand ghostly white shoes protrude from the walls of this New York store for shoe brand Camper, designed by Japanese studio Nendo. Nendo arranged the shoes in a regimented pattern across every wall, intended to look like they are “walking on air”. Each identical shoe is a replica of the Camper Pelota, the brand’s most iconic footwear collection, and is made from white resin.

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“When designing such a big space you have to face the challenge of how to use the upper half of the walls to display the shoes in areas with such high ceilings,” says Nendo. “Our new approach involves making models of the Pelotas shoes and decorating the walls with them to fill the space and create the feel of an orderly stockroom.”

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There are a handful of openings at the base of the walls for displaying the current collections, which can easily be spotted due to their stand-out colours. More shoes are displayed on white platforms in the centre of the store, while recessed openings house the brand’s sock and bag collections.

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Paper & Tea store by Fabian von Ferrari, Berlin

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While coffee has increasingly become part of the hipster lifestyle just about anywhere on the planet, strangely the same can’t be said about tea. Perhaps too subtle in taste and less likely a beverage to roaringly kickstart an early morning with, this beverage deserves more credit and could do with a contemporary showcase that demonstrates its sophistication.

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And that’s exactly the approach of P & T, a sleek new store in Berlin that not only stocks fine teas and a range of related products, but also evocatively throws specially selected gift cards, greeting cards, notebooks and wrapping paper into the equation, to create a broader – and dare we say poetic? – lifestyle experience.

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The store’s interior is a collab effort of owner Jens de Gruyter and product designer Fabian von Ferrari, and blends the aesthetics of a minimalist concept store with the atmosphere of a natural history museum. Highly accessible to shoppers, it’s a welcoming retail space that encourages to explore every nook and cranny, and smell and taste the goods.

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On free-standing presentation cubes outfitted with sliding drawers the individual teas are displayed in a practical fashion with accompagnying information, logically organized according to their degree of oxidation – from white to green, yellow, oolong, black and even pu’erh, a specialty of Chinese tea culture that remains virtually unknown to most foreigners. P & T has selected an elaborate range of teas and blended teas, imported from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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All teas are available to buy in three different sizes of convenient resealable vacuum packs. Not surprisingly, the teas are supplemented by a beautiful selection of tea pots, cups, utensils and trays. A true showcase of tea as a lifestyle, the P & T store also features a separate space where it regularly hosts tea seminars and specialized tea tastings.