The Design Failure Of Big Box Book Stores

The Design Failure Of Big Box Book Stores
Design

Monocle's editor Tyler Brûlé describes how considered design can save retail spaces.

Naresh Kumar
  • 25 february 2011

While the popularity of Amazon and e-book readers seem like obvious reasons for more and more book stores and libraries closing up, Monocle’s editor Tyler Brûlé says that the main reason for book stores going out of business is the design (or lack of it) of its shop-floor. Brûlé explains how today’s big-box booksellers have unnecessarily large spaces, are equipped with harsh lighting, have minimal staff with no cozy corners to stop and browse its collection-in effect, the stores are cold and unappealing to people.

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