Published 01 December 2022

Author
Marta Mąkolska
20 min read

Sports, beauty and fashion dominate the winter 2022 edition of our trended store openings round-up, which charts the most inspirational global retail spaces this quarter. Key themes include ultra-architecture, new-wave deconstructivism, an insatiable desire for inflatables, low-waste eco upgrades, art blasts, vintage vibes, a revival of office styling from yesteryear, and next-level omnichannel tech.

Ultra-Architecture

Low-Waste Eco Upgrades

New-Wave Deconstructivism

Blow Up! Inflatables Pop Up All Over

Art Blast

Office Amour: Workplace Nostalgia

Adaptive Spaces: the Store in Motion

Vintage Vibes & the Cult of Craftivism

Next-Level Omni-Stores

From a façade embedded with a 3D holographic billboard to an extraordinary Web3-integrated retail, art and entertainment space, next-gen buildings signal thrilling mixed media opportunities to wow visitors in real life (IRL). They reflect how the capacity for awe-inspiring out-of-home advertising to spark conversations is fuelling a flourishing sector, with global expenditures on such ads predicted to rise from $39bn to $45bn from 2022-24 (Statista, 2022).

From a façade embedded with a 3D holographic billboard to an extraordinary Web3-integrated retail, art and entertainment space, next-gen buildings signal thrilling mixed media opportunities to wow visitors in real life (IRL). They reflect how the capacity for awe-inspiring out-of-home advertising to spark conversations is fuelling a flourishing sector, with global expenditures on such ads predicted to rise from $39bn to $45bn from 2022-24 (Statista, 2022).

Summary

Ultra-Architecture

From a façade embedded with a 3D holographic billboard to an extraordinary Web3-integrated retail, art and entertainment space, next-gen buildings signal thrilling mixed media opportunities to wow visitors in real life (IRL). They reflect how the capacity for awe-inspiring out-of-home advertising to spark conversations is fuelling a flourishing sector, with global expenditures on such ads predicted to rise from $39bn to $45bn from 2022-24 (Statista, 2022).

Low-Waste Eco Upgrades

With fighting climate change a clear imperative for all, eco-centric store design evolves further this winter. Concepts focus on minimising waste and stretching resources (see South Korean outdoor brand Kolon Sport’s incorporation of locally salvaged marine debris), as well as aesthetically communicating a pushback against excess (as evidenced by Chinese clothing label Beaster).

New-Wave Deconstructivism

A grittier, deconstructed aesthetic counters the prevalence of cinematic-level production values in Chinese and South Korean flagship store designs. In many, interiors appear to be a work in progress and often involve colonising post-industrial city spaces. In others, the lack of frills combined with monumental materials provide an almost spiritual sensibility.

Blow Up! Inflatables Pop Up All Over

In an ultra-literal nod to providing safety in volatile times, several fashion brands have reinterpreted their puffer jackets and accessory-based quilting for pop-ups resembling giant inflatables in dramatic, often supersized ways – playful to the point of appearing cartoonish.

Art Blast

Continuing the trend of putting art and culture at the centre of the retail experience (see Creative Connection: Art of Influence in Global Store Openings: Autumn 2022), a wave of brands are demonstrating total or at least serious devotion to art in their stores – often with a localised bent.

Office Amour: Workplace Nostalgia

The rise of hybrid working – particularly working from home – is fuelling a certain yearning for the office space of yesteryear. New openings from fashion and chair brands present fresh takes on workstation nostalgia, from the seduction of mid-century design to playing on the reborn pleasure of neat, orderly layouts.

Adaptive Spaces: the Store in Motion

Acknowledging the increasing need for agility at street level to keep brand spaces feeling fresh, designs with a more ingenious vision of modularity are evolving this season – leaning into luxury and away from the genre’s low-fi-only roots.

Vintage Vibes & the Cult of Craftivism

The luxe vintage boom (see Retail: New Luxury Frontiers 2022) is fuelling novel strands of retro interior styling. The two key directions are sweet, gentle and somewhat sentimental, versus hedonistic, surreal and sometimes psychedelic. Craft looms large in both.

Next-Level Omni-Stores

Evolving the ideas introduced in Creating the Contactless Store, agile new tech is connecting retail channels for extra experiences – from apps to pre-book trial rooms, to scanning QR codes to send garments straight to a pick-up zone for purchasing.

Global Store Openings Round-Up: Winter 2022 Trends

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