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Photo by Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Puma’s premium store in Osaka is a new landmark on the retail horizon. Both the exterior and the interior architecture of the space have been pumarized and speak a homogenous language that unifies the company’s philosophy, an intelligent yet simple retail design, and the joyful and witty spirit of the sport – life style brand.

Photo by Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Plajer & Franz Studio under the direction of Ales Kernjak (head of global store concepts, Puma Retail AG) developed a retail concept that is simple and flexible while integrating local references and offering Puma’ s clients a joyful shopping experience.

Photo by Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Thereby, the new premium brandstore is more than just a shopping place. It is a social and cultural meeting point. A space for events and happenings of various kinds. The lower two floors of the four-storey puma building have been designated for the 600 sqm shopping space, while the upper level – an open roof top, surrounded just by a light façade construction – creates an open space for performances and sport events.

The façade is light, made out of meshed metal baffle allowing daylight to enter the store. At night, the interior lighting beams out, illuminating the street and giving a sneak preview of the shop’s inside during closing hours. The interior design unites the individual concepts for sportlifestyle (including motorsport), performance, and black label. It aims at strengthening the brand image, enhancing the display of Puma’s collections, while celebrating footwear as the core of the brand.

An impressive, cone-shaped staircase in the centre of the store with a red brand-wall inits back, is the eye-catcher making a strong brand statement. It draws attention not only to its design but above all to the footwear tribune at the foot of it. The “stage” continues as a footwear catwalk stretching across the entire ground floor, which is also home to the sport – lifestyle product line and black label.

Although the design of both areas is simple and functional with references to Japanese architecture (e.g. origami seating elements in the sport-lifestyle area or the use of materials such as wood and concrete), both speak different visual languages and are clearly distinct from each other. With a very light and flexible design, the use of materials such as black steel, plywood panels combined with re-used gym flooring elements and the mixture of matte and high gloss surfaces, the black label area carries a visible sports heritage.

The first floor is entirely dedicated to the performance area. Here, the nature of performance is visible and perceptible throughout. The design for this area is even more flexible and functional, using more technical materials such as stainless steel or perforated metal in silver grey. The flexible approach is further reflected in the design of the display tables, which are covered with convertible materials. A catwalk area runs across the entire performance floor with a stage in the centre of it and leading towards the footwear focus wall.

Generally, shopping at the new premium store is above all an experience and in line with Puma’s philosophy an active interaction with the brand. Whether creating their own customized sneakers at the puma factory, engaging with puma’s sustainable actions summarized in the sustainability journey or enjoying the online experience via iPads, clients shall be surprised, entertained and given opportunities to identify with the brand.

Plajer & Franz Studio
Erkel Enzdamm 59-61
10999 Berlin
Project manager: Ms. Patricia Senft / Ms. Anne-Kathrin Hahn

Creative agencies:
Studio 38 (graphic works & visual communication)
Brandon AB (rotating shoes)

Photo credits:
Hiroyuki Orihara
Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Copyright: Puma AG

Photo by Nacasa & Partners Inc.

Photo by Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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