07/24/2012

The Cat Who Sees Red

Plajer & Franz Studio brings Puma’s joyful and innovative Retail 2.0 concept to life with three new stores in London, Munich and Amsterdam.

By Adam Moore

 
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    A number of regional elements can be found in Pumas redesigned London store, including the citys iconic red telephone booth, which appears on the stores exterior façade and inside as a display system. View larger

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    A number of regional elements can be found in Pumas redesigned London store, including the citys iconic red telephone booth, which appears on the stores exterior façade and inside as a display system. View larger

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    A number of regional elements can be found in Pumas redesigned London store, including the citys iconic red telephone booth, which appears on the stores exterior façade and inside as a display system. View larger

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    An installation of vintage car mirrors created by the Amsterdam art collective, The Invisible Party, plays on the Dutch tradition of placing mirrors on the doors and windows of houses to provide a sightline to the doorbell. View larger

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    Amsterdams infamous Red Light District is referenced in the stores elevator. View larger

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    A huge wall of old doors from the city have been painted red and stretch through all three floors of the shop. View larger

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    The exterior of Puma’s Amsterdam shop maintains a more traditional look. View larger

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    Designers purposely kept the use of building materials to a minimum in accordance with the companys sustainable guidelines. The ceilings, floors and walls have largely been untouched, and the wood all comes from sustainable, verified sources. View larger

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    Pumas Munich store injects doses of joy into the shopping experience, with an antlered Puma mascot and a variety of unsmart phones that ring when customers approach them. View larger

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    Pumas Munich store injects doses of joy into the shopping experience, with an antlered Puma mascot and a variety of unsmart phones that ring when customers approach them. View larger

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    Pumas Munich store injects doses of joy into the shopping experience, with an antlered Puma mascot and a variety of unsmart phones that ring when customers approach them. View larger

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Authenticity has always been, and will continue to be, a primary concern for international brands. After all, how do you remain relevant to a consumer’s unique preferences while still capturing the attention of customers all over the world? How do you define cool, when the definition changes from city to city, country to country?

For global sports and lifestyle brand, Puma, the answer comes in a spate of newly envisioned, locally inspired retail stores across the world. Designed by Berlin-based Plajer & Franz Studio in conjunction with Ales Kernjak, head of global store concepts, Puma Retail AG, these bold spaces have been designed according to the company’s Retail 2.0 concept, which aims to unify innovation, simplicity and local influences, all while following sustainable guidelines.

“Puma’s Retail 2.0 concept is a reflection of the witty and joyful spirit of the company,” says Werner Franz, co-founder of Plajer & Franz Studio. “It aims at strengthening the brand and providing a more joyful shopping experience.”

And a joyful experience it is; the new Puma stores combine a range of local staples with bold colors and lighting to create a stimulating, engaging experience for shoppers. For example, the London store features a façade covered in 3-D images of the city’s iconic telephone booths. Those booths can also be found inside the store, where they function as a display system and dumbwaiter cladding.


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