Retail stores have been reacting to the surge of e-commerce in a magical way: the experience-based alternative lovingly known as the concept store. Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar stores, the concept store cultivates an experience that cannot be re-created online. Sure, you can go to Amazon for anything in the world, but can you stumble upon a one-of-a-kind artisan cutting board, a handmade tablecloth, or a rare fashion book as you fill your online shopping cart? Probably not. We’ve rounded up a collection of stunning concept stores from around the world that not only embody impeccable design but are also often the result of altruistic intentions.
Read on for some serious inspiration and wanderlust-inducing design products!
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This story was originally published in August 2015 and updated in October 2017.