Sister Jane Townhouse, London
This London-based fashion brand's playful west London boutique is a joyous, wonderland-inspired shopping space which through it’s design, gives a subtle nod to the vintage vibe that the brand is loved for. Hexagonal tables, walnut timber and original 1970s Guzzini pendants ooze period glamour in the store. Occupying a corner spot on trendy Golborne road, Sister Jane Townhouse is also home to Cha Cha, a restaurant and bar with a menu as eclectic as the interiors. For sunny days, there’s also a lovely roof terrace that enjoys views over Portobello Road.
Google, New York
Google's debut retail location in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood was always going to be something worth writing about. It spans an entire block on 9th Avenue and surprisingly, errs more on the side of calming and grounding than out-of-this-world future tech. The space was designed by architect Suchi Reddy in collaboration with the company’s vice president of hardware design, UX and research, Ivy Ross. Emphasising sustainability, the interiors are made from natural materials including hickory wood and carbon-neutral floor coverings and the store has even been awarded a Leed Platinum Certification.
Labour and Wait, Home Goods Store, London
The utilitarian interiors of this homeware and lifestyle store are reflective of the brand’s ethos and aesthetic. Selling timeless, functional products, Labour and Wait celebrates high-quality functional design. The staff uniforms are utilitarian too - with cobalt blue button-down jackets and brown canvas aprons.
Algerian Coffee Stores, London
Algerian Coffee Stores in London's Soho is somewhat of an institution, having stood the test of time in the ever-developing West End since 1887. Over a century on, this legendary tea and coffee retailer still retains some of its original design features including the scarlet-fronted storefront and original wooden menu display.
Prick, Plant Shop, London
London's first-ever store dedicated entirely to cacti and succulents, the wittily-named PRICK. The Dalston store is the brainchild of award-winning photographer Gynelle Leon. Flooded with natural light, plants are displayed in PRICK-designed terracotta pots all around the space, keeping the focus predominantly on the natural beauty and simplicity of the flora and fauna.
Bottletop, Accessories Boutique, London
Bottletop’s futuristic Regent Street outpost is a lesson in zero-waste design. It’s the world’s first 3D-printed store, made from recycled plastic waste. The design of the shop illustrates the upcycled accessories brand’s innovative approach to eco-friendly fashion and sustainability. The floor is made from repurposed rubber tyres and the ceiling is crafted from aluminium cans.
Alex Eagle, Concept Store, London
Visiting Alex Eagle feels like stepping into an uber-cool gallery with the warmth of a private home. The unique retail space offers a new kind of retail, creative and social experience to shoppers. It’s light, fresh, fun and unpretentious, making it somewhere you feel you could spend hours in.