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Birkenstock, Venice, Calif. | 2019 Design Award Winner

Birkenstock, Venice, Calif. TPG Architecture


For Birkenstock’s second freestanding store in the U.S., the design goal was “not look like a shoe store.” The TPG Architecture design team (New York City) developed a family of fixtures that break from traditional methods of shoe display featuring lines of shoes on horizontal shelves.


A mix of shadow boxes, credenzas, and live edge tables -- that while satisfying the SKU requirements of the client -- felt more like furniture in a home. The use of horizontal shelving was limited and strategic. This design reflects Birkenstock’s newer fashion-forward identity of casual hip, chic, lifestyle-driven. Past the sales area, the outdoor patio is designed to be a lounge/living area and event space. The store opening also marked the U.S. launch of the Birkenstock Natural Skin Care line, prominently displayed in a back-lit fixture designed by Birkenstock.


Birkenstock 1208 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291

Category: Specialty Softlines Completion: August 1, 2019 Design: TPG Architecture, LLP, New York City Client: Birkenstock, Novato, Calif. Architect: TPG Architecture, LLP, New York City Consultants, contractors and trades: Alain Hirsch Construction Corp. (general contractor); RL Studio, Los Angeles (lighting); Inga Guzyte Art, Santa Barbara, Calif. (artwork); Mega Vision, Brooklyn (millwork\fixturing); Inspired Surfboards, St. Augustine, Fla. (artwork); Andy Davis Designs, Leucadia, Calif. (artwork)

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