Collection by Patrick Sisson

Great Pop-Up Shops

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An experiential alternative to staid brick-and-mortar stores, pop-up shops are like the food trucks of retail—nimble, creative, and fleeting. Pioneered by L.A. marketing firm Vacant at the turn of the millennium, the concept has evolved from being a catalyst for limited-edition retail launches to housing everything from book stores and salons to restaurants. The low barrier to entry and high commercial vacancy rate can lead to structures in which the location and goods outshine the design. But many retailers have created limited-time outlets that make an impression that lasts much longer than the lease. Here are some of Dwell’s favorite examples of the trend.

Seek No Further (Berlin, Germany: 2014) Fruit of the Loom’s launch of a sub-brand was supported by twin pop-up spaces…
Cube by Electrolux (Various Cities: 2012) With the wealth of product placement available to a cooking equipment…
Snarkitecture for Richard Chai (New York, United States: 2010) Delivering a much bigger impression than its $5,000…
Casa Turia (Valencia, Spain: 2013) From the blond wood awnings to the wall garden, Case Turia, a retail store by…
Eenmall (Amsterdam, Netherlands: 2013) Marina van Goor’s solo culinary experiment Eenmall is table-for-one testing…
3.1 Phillip Lim (Tokyo, Japan: 2013) Schemata Architects turned discarded material into striking displays for the…
Kiss Chapel (New York, United States: 2011) A Central Park pop-up celebrating marriage equality, this helix of…
Triwa Tube Tank (Poznan, Poland: 2012) This pop-up store by Mode:lina Architekci could easily demolish any kiosk in an…
Fudge Hair Pop-Up Salon (London, United Kingdom: 2012) Created for London Fashion Week, this gorgeous black-and-white…
i29 gave Frame design magazine’s pop-up shop in Amsterdam the feeling of an extensive floor plan with a series of…
Newsstand (Brooklyn, United States: 2014) What's old was new again with the Newsstand pop-up, a retro recreation which…
T-Boutique (Prague, Czech Republic: 2014) A passageway from the '30s on Na Příkopech, a ritzy street in the center of…
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