Top 10 Retail Surreal Spaces

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.

Needless to say, things can get out of hand, turning shopping for everyday products into a surreal event. (Has anyone ever been creeped out by the moving mannequins on pulley systems at the 32nd Street Uniqlo?) For today’s roundup we have ten retail stores that might make you question what was in your coffee this morning.

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Alter Concept Store
Shanghai
Designed by 3Gatti Architecture Studio

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Hit Gallery
Hong Kong
Designed by Fabio Novembre

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Zuo Corp
Warsaw, Poland
Designed by Super Super

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Ohne Titel Concept Showroom
New York City
Designed by Easton + Combs

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BVLGARI Pavilion
Abu Dhabi
Designed by Not a Number Architects

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Ansdorf Temporary Store
Melbourne, Australia
Designed by Edwards Moore

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The Martian Embassy
Sydney, Australia
Designed by LAVA

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Weinhandlung Kreis Wine Shop
Stuttgart, Germany
Designed by Furch Gestaltung + Produktion

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Nicola Formichetti Concept Store at Lane Crawford
Hong Kong
Designed by Gage / Clemenceau

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Barbie Shanghai
Shanghai
Designed by Slade Architecture

BONUS*.

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Richard Chai x Palladium
New York City
Designed by Snarkitecture

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