Creating an engaging retail environment is more important than ever, particularly considering the growing popularity of e-commerce. Leading Toronto-based design firm figure3 recently completed designing the newest location of La Maison Simons at Mississauga’s Square One, which opened this month to considerable fanfare. We spoke with the company’s Vice President of Retail Activation, Marjorie Mackenzie, to gain insight into the key principles figure3 uses to design award-winning retail interiors.

The Square One Simons store spans 106,600 square feet over two floors, and it features a variety of departments to break up the large space. The departments are bright and have an air of excitement — a breakaway from the traditional department store which in many instances, has become tired. Ms. Mackenzie explained how Simons’ CEO Peter Simons…

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