Concept Department Store For The Social Media Generation

Concept Department Store For The Social Media Generation

Discovery, frequent change and an open layout aim to resonate with young shoppers.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 5 april 2013

Upside is a new concept department store in Herstal, Belgium designed offer a social marketplace shopping experience. Instead of each category on a separate floor like a traditional department store, Upside is contained on a single level within a raw industrial building. Having all the merchandise together reflects Upside’s tagline ‘A Community of Good Brands.’


The tone of the store is casual and transient. Merchandising and display elements throughout the space are made of inexpensive materials like plywood. Architects (atelier) M+G worked with Upside to define an overall look and required individual brands to live within it. The result encourages shoppes to browse and discover.


The store offers apparel and accessories for women, men and children. There is a selection of design-centric items for the home. Customers can finish end their trip with a meal at the in-store restaurant.

Click through the images below to see more of the store.



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