Tampa FL Retail Interior Designers

From Nike's five-story 60,000-square foot store in Chicago to Ulta Beauty's over 200 locations, Chipman Design Architecture as been involved in diverse projects nationwide, including AT&T Wireless Services, Blockbuster, GAP Inc., Garrett Popcorn Shops, Neiman Marcus, North Face, Saks Fifth Avenue and Skechers. So all in all, there is a very good chance we've been Retail Interior Designers in Tampa, FL or a neighboring community. 

The foundation of Chipman Design since its inception more than 30 years ago has been the specialization as retail planners and Retail Interior Designers. Although firmly rooted in architecture, their interior design imagination is the fundamental core of all its projects.

The firm provides a full range of professional services from planning and conceptual design through construction administration to occupancy. Through its more than three decades as architects, the visionary selection of finishes and furnishings for retail, restaurant, hospitality, golf clubhouse and corporate projects has created a rich history of successful ventures.

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Retail Interior Designers Portfolio



Chipman Design Architecture was the architect for the renovation of the five-story 60,000-square foot Niketown store on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue.

Working closely with Nike, Chipman's Retail Interior Designers created a new store layout and interior environment making the store more inviting and easier to shop. Revolving doors were relocated, fabric awnings were added and a butt-joint glass storefront was installed to maximize views into the store and return the facade to a character more in step with its Michigan Avenue neighbors. Store layout also required an additional retail sales area that was created by infilling the former two-story basketball court and bridging across two areas of the three-story atrium. Retail Interior Designers also included new lighting systems that heightened store brightness and enhanced merchandise display.

Despite the project’s accelerated schedule, complexity of its scope and the extent of structural modifications, Niketown remained open throughout construction.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic is known for its elevated retail design and luxurious fabrications, credited with making quality fashion more accessible. The company selected Chipman Design Architecture to update the Chicago flagship store located on Michigan Avenue in the Magnificent Mile shopping district. Faced with a stringent schedule, Chipman Design worked with the general contractor to expedite this project through the Self Certification permit program. The firm’s capability to obtain permitting within two days allowed an accelerated spring construction schedule in order to be ready for the summer tourist season.

Chipman's Retail Interior Designers collaborated with the Banana Republic’s store planning team to prepare a scope and phasing plan that minimized customer impact at this high-profile location. Services included site survey, design development, architectural and engineering services, permit procurement and construction administration. Based on the success of the flagship project, Chipman Design was retained to provide architectural services to locations throughout the Midwest.

Ulta Beauty

Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Ulta is a full-service beauty retailer with more than 350 stores located throughout the United States. Averaging 10,000 square feet, operations combine retailing elements of a department store, drug store and salon within a single space.

Chipman Design has worked with Ulta’s in-house design team on its national expansion the last ten years, completing more than 200 new stores. Retail Interior Designers provided innovative retail planning and design concepts, refining and streamlining the processes to assure greater efficiency within the national program.

The paragon of the Ulta program is its 2008 six-story flagship store located along Chicago’s iconic State Street retail corridor. This dramatic space affords two-story vistas, custom interactive displays and expanded salon features, drawing cutomers up thorugh four levels of the structure.


Chipman Design Architecture has worked with Skechers USA to standardize their architectural and design packages for national roll-out of their retail athletic footwear concept called SoHo Lab, strategically located for in-line locations. Prototype management has also aided in reducing construction costs and schedules throughout the United States and Canada. Retail Interior Designers at Chipman Design provided site survey services, design development, architectural, construction administration and permit acquisition coordination. Projects have ranged from 1,500 to 2,400 square feet and include both interior and exterior improvements.

Garrett Gourmet Popcorn

Garrett Popcorn Shops is an iconic Chicago-based business that began as a family operation more than 50 years ago. Chipman Design Architecture was commissioned for the expansion program of the company, developing the brand as it grew from its original downtown Chicago locations.

Retail Interior Designers took on Garrett’s rich history, incorporating it into elements of both the interior and exterior. Facade studies have adapted interesting blends of historic details with contemporary marketing and branding. Twice recognized on Oprah’s list of “Favorite Things”, the Garrett Shops have most recently taken on sites at international airports, theme parks and main street locations in major cities including Dubai.

Paper Source

Chipman Design Architecture was retained to develop a prototype design for Paper Source, a premier retailer of fine, handmade papers from around the world. The 2,500 to 3,000-square foot retail stores feature a simple, open plan that allows for flexibility in display and presentation of the continuously changing array of papers and accessories

Exotic Tile

Exotic Marble & Tile expanded beyond its state-of-the-art stone processing facility to open a new retail space in the exclusive Abt Design Center mall. Founded as a family business 15 years ago, this company grew to become one of the largest in its field in metropolitan Chicago, necessitating innovative Retail Interior Designers to work on its showroom, its stone warehousing and fabrication center.

The retail space caters to a high-end residential market as well as a growing commercial base of hotels, country clubs, offices and universities. Installations utilize their expertise from simple countertops to complex wall-hung cladding and multidimensional flooring patterns. The retail setting attests to their unparalleled installations, and the showroom prominently displays vignettes and materials featuring renaissance mosaics, natural stones, granites, porcelains and glass.

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Focus on Retail

Since its founding, Chipman Design has recognized that its foremost purpose is to provide exceptional as Retail Interior Designers, prototype developers and brand designers.

Evident in an inspired list of successful retail and restaurant design clients, the firm offers unique solutions that respond to demands for inspiration in design, functionality in operation and market responsiveness. Developing strategies for simplifying project complexities, its experienced Retail Interior Designers are particularly adept at focusing on the design the layout of retail space geared to both merchandising and graphic appeal. Client brand remains the foundation of all conceptual development, assuring creation of a prototype that is true to the corporate ideal while remaining sufficiently flexible for rollout adaptations. Responding to green initiatives, both Principals and staff hold LEED AP professional registrations, recognizing the significance of sustainability in thoughtful design and its long-term potential for efficient retail and restaurant operation.

Background as Retail Interior Designers

Founding Principal John Chipman began creating a new direction for his father's retail interior design firm in 1979 when he joined the small Chicago practice. Building upon an existing base of regional main-street clients, John led the firm into a position of national recognition. With the firm's retail expertise solidly established by the late 1980s, he and his new partner, Daryl Adams, began to lay the foundation for unparalleled excellence as Retail Interior Designers.

John A. Chipman earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois/Urbana, reinforcing his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Versailles, France, and at the Ecole Nacionale d'Art Decoratif de Nice, France. Throughout his professional life, he has travelled extensively for both business and research throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, he is a registered Architect throughout the country, maintains professional membership in the American Institute of Architect s and holds LEED AP professional registration for sustainable design.

Based upon two decades of a diversely successful architecture career, Dan Tessarolo brings an invaluable presence to the firm. He has managed several national accounts for Chipman Adams Architects since 2005, and his project teams have consistently demonstrated uncompromising commitment to clients' budgetary and schedule constraints.

Dan became a Principal of the firm in 2008, and continues to oversee his team's national accounts. With a proven record of successfully guiding concurrent multi-unit retail and restaurant design accounts, Dan excels at complex corporate project management. He is skilled at directing a prototype project through its initial concept design stages, then taking that venture through national code research and construction document phases, providing coordination with all engineering disciplines. With his practiced perspective on national corporate expansions over the years, Dan is in a unique position to play a significant role in the direction of the firm's business development programming.

His past professional assignments have only served to augment Dan's consummate capabilities as an architect. For eight years, he served as Vice President of an architectural studio for a design/build company that specialized in retail and restaurant prototype design. This experience became the foundation of his highly effective management style at Chipman Adams Architects, influencing his evolving capabilities in national multi-unit execution.

Dan earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, enhancing his architectural education by attending the Ecole d' Architecture in Versailles, France. He holds professional membership in the American Institute of Architects and is licensed to practice architecture in several states. Responding to the special needs of local projects, Dan has been qualified for Self-Certification with the City of Chicago Building Department and is also certified as a Registered City of Chicago Energy Professional.

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