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L.L. Bean

McLean, VA



Designers at Callison Architecture Inc. (Seattle) extended the deeply rooted traditions of Freeport, Maine-based L.L. Bean, into its first store outside of Maine.

The two-level, 76,000-square-foot unit represents simple, functional design. A 30-by-50-foot glass facade provides sight lines throughout the upper floor, where outdoor sporting goods, men's and women's apparel and luggage can be found. The lower level is devoted to home goods and children's products.

A variety of flooring materials, including limestone, wood plank, cork, recycled rubber and carpet, differentiate departments and provide a wayfinding path. Furniture and fixtures made mostly of cherry and nickel-patina metal add a touch of warmth. The store's highlight is a 16-foot-high waterfall, which rises through a large opening in the floor of the upper level and flows into a live trout pool.

Client Team: L.L. Bean Inc., Freeport, Maine — Mike Verville, vp, retail merchandising and branding; Paul Maddrell, manager, creative direction and retail design development; J.D. Schnackenberg, sr. project manager; Judy Hamlin, retail design development specialist; Rita Armstrong, manager, retail marketing and communications; Wendy Graham, retail graphic art director; P.J. O'Hanlon, visual merchandising supervisor

Outside Consultants: HITT Contracting Inc., Fairfax, Va. (general contractor); Candela, Auburn, Wash. (lighting designer); AKB, Seattle (structural engineering); Hargis Engineers, Seattle (MEP)


Design Team: Callison Architecture Inc., Seattle — Sandi Pope, assistant principal, brand and retail strategist; Doug Stelling, design principal; Christine Chaney, project designer; Dave Heinen and Ryan Phelps, project managers; Joan Insel, environmental graphics; Barry Shuman and Erik Mueller-Ali, fixture designers; Stephanie Long, interior design; Mark Sharp, project architect Custom Metalwork, Glass, Special Finishes: Slot-All, Toronto, and MET Merchandising, Chicago

Waterfall: Phillip DeGiacomo, Van Nuys, Calif. Flooring: Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster, Pa. (wood and VCT flooring); Associated, Seattle (Yukatan Gold limestone); Mannington Commercial Carpet, Calhoun, Ga. (sheet vinyl flooring); Shaw, Dalton, Ga., Blueridge, Ellijay, Ga., Monterey, Santa Ana, Calif., and Atlas Carpet Mills, Los Angeles (carpet); Dodge Regupol, Lancaster, Pa. (rubber flooring); Quarry Tile Co., Spokane, Wash. (floor and wall tile)

Lighting: Lightolier, Fall River, Mass. Ceiling Systems: USG, Chicago

Fixtures/Millwork: MET Merchandising, Chicago, Maine Wood & Design, Cape Neddick, Maine, and M. Lavine Design Workshop Inc., St. Cloud, Minn.

Furniture: L.L. Bean, Freeport, Maine

Laminates: Pionite, Auburn, Maine, and Wilsonart Intl., Temple, Texas


Photography: Maxwell Mackenzie, Washington, D.C.



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