EduNation, a 3700-sq.-ft. store providing "smart entertainment" for children, was designed with the Ivy League in mind. Fixtures are styled after exam-hall tables but provide plentiful capacity, with storage shelves underneath, a rack on the surface for faceout display and a circular shelf at the top for feature items. The storefront is formed of wooden Greek columns, which continue along the walls of the interior. The custom-designed perforated-metal ceiling canopy is a contemporary interpretation of a classical look, and the flooring is wood-grained vinyl.
The store also features several "key activity areas" -- an interactive juice bar, CD-ROM play stations, a play area and a video sampler -- highlighted by red carpet bull's eyes.
Photography: Gary Quesada, Hedrich Blessing Photographers, Clawson, Mich./Chicago
Design and Architecture: Kiku Obata & Co., St. Louis General Contractor: Four Sons Builders Inc., Albu.querque Suppliers and Fabricators: Fixturing: , Boulder, Colo. Signage: Engraphix, St. Louis Lighting: Lightolier, Fall River, Mass.; Halo Lighting, Elk Grove Village, Ill; SPI, Mequon, Wis.; Metalux, Elk Grove Village, Ill; Sure-Lites, Elk Grove Village, Ill. Carpeting: Durkan Pattemed Carpet, Dalton, Ga. Wood Flooring: Veneer Specialists, Chicago Plastic Laminate: Wilsonart Intl., Temple, Texas; Formica Corp., Cincinnati; Pionite Decorative Laminates, Auburn, Maine