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Winners of VMSD’s 2008 Retail Renovation Competition




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

For more winners, click here and here.



MasterClass: ‘Re-Sparkling’ Retail: Using Store Design to Build Trust, Faith and Brand Loyalty

HOW CAN WE EMPOWER and inspire senior leaders to see design as an investment for future retail growth? This session, led by retail design expert Ian Johnston from Quinine Design, explores how physical stores remain unmatched in the ability to build trust, faith, and loyalty with your customers, ultimately driving shareholder value.

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