MOSSBUREAU continues our experiment in design retail. In fact, we can offer museums a new retail paradigm, one that repositions museum retail as a full partner with other departments. Our specialized service addresses all aspects of a retail operation through a process both analytic and highly curatorial, which focuses on the attributes and opportunities provided by the museum. This bespoke approach to both merchandise and presentation renders the ubiquitous generic shop obsolete. The Post-Generic museum store has a proprietary branded identity and is a platform for both extending the museum's mission and driving higher sales revenue.
Since 2013, MOSSBUREAU has been in the field working with museums across the country. With some we analyze and recommend, and with others we follow through to full implementation. This work has led to a refinement of our methods and expectations of what can reasonably be accomplished in the real world context of donor politics, shifting priorities, capital campaigns for expansion, and myriad demands on time and money.
To date MOSSBUREAU has worked with the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, the High Museum Atlanta, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Jewish Museum, New York. Work with the latter two is ongoing.
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