Every retail renovation has a story behind it: the why, what and when, the how-in-the-world-did-you-pull-that-off-with-that-budget? VMSD’s annual Retail Renovation Competition honors the best retail transformations from around the globe and reports those exclusive stories. Here are the before, during and after accounts from this year’s six first-place winners, including the weak-to-chic metamorphosis of Indian eatery Tanzore, which stole the show and received the coveted honor of 2008 Renovation of the Year.
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Renovation of the Year and First Place, Restaurant
Client: Sood Enterprises, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Design/Architect/Graphics: AkarStudios, Santa Monica, Calif.
General Contractor: Newco Foods Inc., Encino, Calif.
Audio/Visual: Angulo & Associates, Long Beach, Calif.
Millwork: Nakamura-Beeman Inc., Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Custom Seating: Valadez Interiors, Irwindale, Calif.
Flooring: Gammapar, Forest, Va.
Furniture: Inn-Décor LLC, Colton, Calif.; Contract Design Source, Los Angeles
Lighting; Specialty Lighting, Ocean, N.J.; Janmar, Covina, Calif.; AkarStudios, Santa Monica, Calif.; Hollywood Shade, Los Angeles
Signage: TNT, Long Beach, Calif.
Wallcoverings: Palladeo, Glendale, Calif.
Photography: Randall Michelson, Los Angeles; Derek Rath, Los Angeles
Barneys New York
San Francisco Flagship
First Place, Full-Line or Specialty Department Store
Client: Barneys New York, New York
Design: Jeffrey Hutchison Associates, New York - Jeffrey Hutchison, president
Architect of Record: Gensler, San Francisco and New York
General Contractor: DPR Construction, San Francisco
Project/Construction Manager: Bender Partnership, Sausalito, Calif.
Outside Design Consultants: Tipping Mar + Associates, Berkeley, Calif. (structural); Flack + Kurtz, San Fransisco (mechanical, electrical, plumbing)
Lighting: Schwinghammer Lighting, New York
Millwork: Patella Woodworking, Boston; Pinehurst, Mississauga, Ont.; Amuneal, Philadelphia; Carlson, Madison, Wis.; ITIF, Toronto
Flooring: Architectural Systems, New York
Photography: Douglas Friedman, New York