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Finding wonderland

A recent trip to Europe took me to some historic shopping precincts, where even the stewards are bringing in inspiring and artful new designs and concepts. Here are a few of the most striking: The decompression zone: In retail design we often talk about this spot, that first part of the retail journey when you leave the real world behind and enter the parallel universe that has been created for you. You need some transition space to do this. The ultimate example is the new Galeries Lafayette in

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