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Foster + Partners Rumored to be Redesigning Apple’s Retail Stores

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On April 12, 2013 @ 5:40 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,News | No Comments

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Apple is rumored to be working on a major overhaul its retail stores – and according to sources close to the project, the company has hired Foster + Partners [3] to redesign its cool minimalist retail outlets. The architecture firm is already working with Apple on the tech giant’s new spaceship-like campus [4] in Cupertino, California, which is expected to break ground in June.

Apple retail stores design, Apple design, Apple Norman Foster, Foster+Partners Apple HQ, Apple Campus 2, US Patent & Trademark Office, Apple patents, design trademark certificate [5]Photo of current Apple store design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson [2]

The news comes after the US Patent & Trademark Office granted trademark protection [6] for the design of Apples retail stores, known for their architectural glass panels, floating glass staircases, stainless steel exteriors, and even the birch tables on which arrays of iPads and MacBooks sit. The “Distinctive Design & Layout” trademark certificate was granted in January and covers Apple’s design in color and black and white.

Both companies have refused to comment on rumors of the extended collaboration. A Foster + Partners spokeswoman said: “Any project for Apple [7] is confidential and therefore we are unable to comment.”

Via Archinect [8]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/04/apple-computer-renewable-energy-santa-monica.jpg

[2] Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: http://www.bcj.com/

[3] Foster + Partners: http://inhabitat.com/foster-partners-to-design-south-korean-eco-city/

[4] spaceship-like campus: http://inhabitat.com/apples-extravagant-new-spaceship-campus-could-cost-2-billion-more-than-expected/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/04/Apple-store.jpg

[6] trademark protection: http://inhabitat.com/apple-files-patent-application-for-solar-powered-iphone/

[7] Apple: http://inhabitat.com/apple-begins-independent-monitoring-of-foxconn-and-other-factories-in-china/

[8] Archinect: http://archinect.com/news/article/71066844/apple-is-rumored-to-hire-foster-to-revamp-its-retail-stores

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