Huffington Post: Chic Starbucks Styles A Design Delight
Like McDonalds and the famed Royale With Cheese, so too does Starbucks change its offerings and decor while assimilating with different cultures worldwide. It’s got HuffPo buzzing! [Editors note: We stole 95% of this feature from HuffPo, a blogging practice HuffPo is credited with inventing.]
Talk about a mall Starbucks outlet unlike any other. Located inside Dubai’s extravagantly decorated Ibn Battuta Mall — allegedly the world’s largest themed shopping mall — this Starbucks location benefits from some pretty stunning surrounding design. Namely, a gorgeous blue-and-yellow, mosaic-tiled domed ceiling and a showpiece of a chandelier.
Looking like some sort of futuristic battleship, this Starbucks in Xi’an, China (apparently the city’s first when it opened in 2007), has quite a unique exterior. The sharp angles and symmetric wood paneling make for quite the stand-out-in-the-crowd design.
Designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the store is located on the street leading to the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, which apparently influenced the firm’s approach to the project. The designers wanted to have the store fit in seamlessly with the setting, and so the interior features some 2,000 light wood blocks interwoven throughout the length of the store. According to reports, the stunning effect is meant to evoke the look of branches in a forest, giving the impression that the store is “nestled in a tree.” Design-wise, it might just be the coolest Starbucks ever.