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Figure3’s Mardi Najafi Receives Legion of Honor Award

“This recognition is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the entire Figure3 team and our commitment to pushing the boundaries of retail design”




Ray Ehscheid, Mardi Najafi and Cynthia Hirsch Ortiz pictured at the 52nd International Design Awards.

(PRESS RELEASE) TORONTO — Figure3 announces that Mardi Najafi, Vice President of Retail Strategy and Design, is the first Canadian recipient of the prestigious Legion of Honor Award by the Retail Design Institute. The 52nd International Design Awards took place live in New York City on October 10, 2023.

Mardi Najafi, an award-winning designer with over 25 years of experience, has left an indelible mark on the design landscape. His journey, from Paris to New York and Toronto, reflects a career dedicated to transforming branded retail environments for both small businesses and Fortune 500 brands. Notable clients include Coca Cola Canada, Adidas, Virgin Mobile, Penguin Shop, and Versace.

Mardi’s role as the Vice President of Retail Strategy and Design at Figure3 showcases his passion for creating unique and immersive retail experiences. His commitment to innovation is further evidenced by his active involvement in industry education and mentorship. Mardi is not only an accomplished speaker and panelist but also serves as the President of Retail Design Institute Canada.

“It is an immense honour to receive the Legion of Honor Award from the Retail Design Institute. This recognition is a testament to the collaborative efforts of the entire Figure3 team and our commitment to pushing the boundaries of retail design,” said Mardi Najafi.

The Legion of Honor Award is a prestigious accolade presented by Retail Design Institute to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation, and impact in the field of retail design. The award ceremony took place at the 52nd International Design Awards live in New York City, hosted by International President Cynthia Hirsch Ortiz and International Chairman Ray Ehscheid. The event was simulcast throughout the Institute, bringing together design professionals from around the world.

“We are incredibly proud of Mardi’s achievements and the well-deserved recognition he has received from the Retail Design Institute. His creative vision, leadership, and dedication to advancing the industry make him an invaluable asset to Figure3 and the design community at large,” commented Suzanne Wilkinson, Principal at Figure3.

About Figure3

Figure3 is one of Canada’s most distinguished interior design firms. Leveraging design-based research and brand strategy, Figure3 helps its clients realize environments which achieve an equitable connection between people and place. Independently owned and based in Toronto with a diverse, entrepreneurial team of 80+ creative thought leaders, Figure3 has established itself as a trusted partner for over 28 years. It is the unique perspectives and ideas of our people which continue to be the foundation of our excellence.



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