Design + Architecture

The World's Coolest Stores

by Gigi Guerra

Who would have thought a shop would ever appear beside a Guggenheim on a culture vulture's must-see list? From Moss's newly opened L.A. store, with its crystal columns and a neon logo that's a work of art in itself, to Prada's cool futuristic quilted-glass tower in Tokyo, there's a whole new crop of wickedly clever, wildly inspirational outlets opening throughout the world. But rather than achieve mere retail temple status, these surreal storefronts and groundbreaking boutiques are fast becoming must-visit cultural hot spots, where you're as likely to bump into an intrigued architecture student as you are a shopper on a splurge. Here, we pick 11 stores from around the globe that you won't want to miss. Entry is free and shopping is optional (but if you do succumb, you could always pass off those metallic snakeskin Dolce & Gabbana boots you bought at São Paulo's Daslu as a souvenir, right?).

Published September 2007

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