Commercial fitouts done by large companies have gotten better over the years thanks to public opinion being heard and innovative design being employed. The big bosses in the boardroom are paying attention to design now more than ever in order to wow customers and keep employees engaged. They certainly don’t scrimp, as you can see in the examples below.
Starbucks: Kyoto, Japan
This is Starbucks but not as you’re used to it. To take it to a new level for a commercial fitout, the company has drawn inspiration from Japan’s michi-ya (teahouse) culture. This has resulted in a slightly hidden away outlet that blends in with the rest of the storefronts on Ninenzaka shopping street. Upon entering, you can order your latte or frappucino and claim a spot on the raised tatami floor, if there’s room.
Airbnb: Sydney, Australia
Airbnb leases homes and rooms from amazing locations all around the world. Their Sydney office takes workers around the world from Scandinavia to America, Asia, and good old Coogee beach. The beauty of it is that the design team took inspiration and elements from listings in those locations.
One boardroom is designed after a rural Australian cabin, complete with a spoon collection. Another is painted in bright colours like a listing from Havana. There’s no doubt the designers at the company will have more ‘inspirational material’ to pick from as Airbnb’s culture thrives.
Dior: various boutiques
The French couture house is the epitome of excess. On the other hand, its boutiques have been designed with restraint (in most locations anyway).
With each commercial fitout, the colour palette is universal; grey with white trimming. Retaining a neutral colour scheme has allowed the clothes and other products of the house to do the talking. The furniture follows this as well. Some sitting areas have modern, linear couches and others contain French-style chairs and console tables.
Tsutaya: Tokyo, Japan
This book chain’s recent commercial fitout combines two great loves: books and coffee. Tsutaya takes up half of the real estate on the sixth floor of department store Ginza Six, sharing part of its space with Starbucks. Customers can sit in the cafe or the large seating area in the middle of the store with a brew and a book.