Shopping environments push the limits of creativity.
1. Firm: RTKL; KA, Inc
Project: Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Location: Rosemont, Illinois
Standout: Original murals, some hand-painted and some printed on vinyl wall covering, give an outlet mall a gallery vibe.
2. Firm: I29 Interior Architects
Project: Frame Store
Standout: Seen at precisely the right angle, the thick black lines painted across a pop-up’s white sidewall and display units resolve into a legible word.
3. Firm: Saguez & Partners
Project: Les Terrasses du Port
Location: Marseille, France
Standout: The blues of chairs, bench upholstery, ceramic floor tile, and vinyl window film combine to telegraph the shopping center’s seaside location.
4. Firm: ROK
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Standout: At a children’s sneaker store, the panels cut to fit a pine display wall’s diamond-shape niches make it possible to conceal or reveal them.
5. Firm: Gensler
Project: El Palacio de Hierro
Location: Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
Standout: Take one of the region’s natural wellsprings, reimagine it in glass, turn it upside down, and you have the faceted skylight at this department store.