2019 Year in Review: Design Store(y)

It’s really easy to wake up the computer, type in a brand, shop, add to cart, and wait for it to show up on your doorstep, but there’s something about the in-person experience of a brick-and-mortar shop, especially a design-focused one, that we love. You get to touch the products, see how they’re made, and know that your money is supporting a small, independent shop that the owners put their blood, sweat, and tears into. Throughout 2019, we featured some of those shops around the globe in our Design Store(y) column and now we’re revisiting them in case you missed out.

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2019 Year in Review: Design Store(y)

Moop Brings the Minimal + Versatile Qualities of Its Canvas Bags to Its Shop
Pittsburgh-based Moop, the well-known canvas bag brand, now shares its name with a brick and mortar shop of exceptional curation.

Bref Offers Ephemeral Art and Design in Montreal
Bref is a Montreal boutique, a gallery, and an event space that offers a unique journey and shopping experience to lovers of art and design.

Luminaire Brings Their Flavor of International Design to Los Angeles
For 45 years Luminaire has helped to define what it means to be a top notch purveyor of international design and now they branched out into four locations, the latest of which recently opened in Los Angeles.

Schoolhouse Takes over Pittsburgh’s Detective Building
About six months ago, Schoolhouse opened their third store location in Pittsburgh’s renovated Detective Building – the building’s architecture alone being a perfect fit for the brand that began over a decade and a half ago.

Norden Brings Its Brand of California Cool to an Encinitas Storefront
Southern California-based home goods brand Norden was founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Erika and Pete Panciera, and last year they opened a storefront in Encinitas, California.

MIDLAND Stays True to a Philosophy of Well-Chosen Goods
Founded by Paige Appel and Kelly Harris, L.A.’s shop MIDLAND has two locations in both Culver City and Silver Lake, and operates by the philosophy of selling only well-chosen goods that resonate with both women and their customers.

How Sabahs Shoes Became Sabah House
Pick up a pair of life-changing Sabahs shoes and more at Sabah House’s newest brick and mortar location on Chiltern Street in London!

Librería Casa Bosques Is the Creative Scene in Mexico City and Far Beyond
In Mexico City sits Librería Casa Bosques, an outstanding independent bookstore full of carefully curated independent books and magazines.

IC Store by WantedDesign Keeps Creativity and Collaboration Alive Year Round
Best known for their marquee events during NYCxDESIGN, WantedDesign opened a storefront at Industry City, Brooklyn, called IC Store.

Gestalt New York Is More Than the Sum of Its Parts
Gestalt New York can be summed up by knowing the definition of the word: an organized whole perceived as more than the sum of its parts.

RB12 Gathers the Best in Contemporary Design Under One Roof
RB12 is a home furnishings store in Shoreditch, London, who proudly represent over 35 contemporary design brands from across the globe.

Fort Makers Has Designed Its Own Creative Utopia
We talked to New York City-based Fort Makers founder Nana Spears about the studio’s multidisciplinary approach to art, furniture, and product design, and how they connect creatives across disciplines to create a curated community to make with, inside of an environment conducive to discovering and growing as creatives.

James Turner Asks Us to Choose Love This Holiday Season
For the last Design Store(y) of 2019, we talked to James Turner about Choose Love pop-up shops that do good where every purchase goes straight to Help Refugees.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.