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Retail Design Institute names 2014 STORE OF THE YEAR and recognizes projects from across the globe in more than 20 retail formats



More than a dozen projects called out for special innovation awards

January 12, 2015, New York City: The Retail Design Institute, the industry's largest association for design professionals, named its annual Store of the Year and recognized more than 45 retail design projects in 20-plus retail formats for excellence in design and execution. The projects and the design professionals responsible were honored at the Institute's 44th Annual Awards Gala, which took place at the TimesCenter Stage, New York City.

T2 Shoreditch, London, a tea specialty store designed by Landini Associates, of Sydney, Australia, was named Store of the Year by the judging panel, which was overseen by association’s Boston Chapter.

In addition to naming its Store of the Year, the Gala presentation also included the induction of Kevin Roche, senior vice president, global design for DFS Group Ltd., the Hong Kong-based division of LVMH Group, Paris, into the Retail Design Legion of Honor.  The late Rodney Fitch, a member of the Retail Design Legion of Honor and founder of FITCH, a multi-disciplinary design firm, with offices throughout the world, was honored as well for his contributions to the retail design profession and industry.

The evening's sponsors included: Toshiba; EY; Karen Pearse Global Direct; Lighting Elysium; Little; Shaw Industries/Patcraft; Highland Associates; Seven Continents and Mark Steele Photography.

Following is the complete list of projects and awards given at the Gala:


CATEGORY: New or Completely Renovated Full-Line Department Store

First Place: Nordstrom Store Planning, Nordstrom, The Woodlands, Texas

Award of Merit: Gensler, El Palacio de Hierro, Querétaro, Mexico

CATEGORY: New or Completely Renovated Specialty Department Store

First Place: Burdifilek, The Galleria Luxury Hall West, Seoul

CATEGORY: New Shop Within an Existing Full-Line or Specialty Department Store


First Place: HBC Store Planning & Design, Hudson’s Bay Home & Decor, Toronto

Award of Merit: Charles Sparks + Company, Macy's Herald Square 4th Floor Men’s Activewear and Shoes, New York

CATEGORY: Hard Lines Specialty Stores

First Place: Callison, Watches of Switzerland, Regent Street, London

First Place: FITCH, PIRCH, Dallas

Award of Merit: Gensler, Hartmann, New York


Award of Merit: Gensler, Harman Flagship, New York

Award of Merit: Gensler, Back 40 Mercantile, Old Greenwich, Conn.

CATEGORY: Soft Lines Specialty Store

First Place: MNA, Ralph Lauren, Hong Kong

Award of Merit: MNA, Ralph Lauren, Bangkok

Award of Merit: Callison, Dhamani 1969, Dubai Mall

CATEGORY: Large Format Specialty Stores

First Place: Miller Zell, Orchard Supply Hardware, San Jose, California.

Award of Merit: Ruscio Studio, Mark's, Winnipeg

CATEGORY: Value Retail

First Place: RetailOne, Boot Barn, Nashville

CATEGORY: Supermarkets

First Place: King Retail Solutions, Fresh St. Farms, Surrey, BC             

CATEGORY: Specialty Food, Gourmet Grocer & Delicatessen

First Place: BHDP Architecture, Brothers Marketplace, Medfield, Mass.

Award of Merit: Juice Served Here, Juice Served Here, Venice Beach

Award of Merit: MARKETING-JAZZ, Marques de Riscal Flagship, Alava, Spain

CATEGORY: Fine Dining Restaurant and/or Bar

First Place, Dialogue 38, Kwan Dim Sum, Toronto

CATEGORY: Quick Service Restaurants

First Place: GH+A, Rideau Centre Dining Hall, Ottawa      

CATEGORY: Casual Restaurant and/or Bar

First Place: Dialogue 38, Yakitori Kintori/Kinton Ramen, Toronto

Award of Merit: Dash Design, Distrito, Moorestown, N.J.

Award of Merit: Landini Associates, Jones the Grocer, Melbourne                                       

CATEGORY: Bar, Coffee, Tea Shop

First Place: Landini Associates, T2, Shoreditch, London                   

CATEGORY: Telecommunications, Mobile Technology Stores

Award of Merit: Chute Gerdeman, Verizon Destination Store, Mall of America

Award of Merit: Geyer, Telstra Discovery Store, Sydney           

CATEGORY: Lifestyle, Health & Wellbeing

First Place: TPG Architecture, The Red Door, New York

Award of Merit: Big Red Rooster, American Express Centurion Lounge, LaGuardia Airport

CATEGORY: Pharmacy

Award of Merit: Alessandro Luciani Designer, Dr. Fleming Pharma & Healthcare, Milan

Award of Merit: MARKETING-JAZZ, Boticana Pharmacy, Jaen, Spain                     

CATEGORY: Temporary & Common Area Retail

Award of Merit: DSD Groupe Design + Ruscio Studio, Faces Cosmetics, Sainte-Foy, Que.

Award of Merit: Design Compendium, Birchbox Pop-Up Shop, JFK Airport

CATEGORY: Brand Spaces

First Place: Gensler, Holly Hunt Showroom, Dallas

Award of Merit: Ruscio Studio, Euro Tile & Stone, Ottawa                      

CATEGORY: Financial Services

First Place: Public Design Group, Bank of Queensland, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia


Toshiba Technology Award: FITCH, VIVID Homes by B&Q China, Shanghai

Store Planning: Nordstrom, Nordstrom, The Woodlands, Texas

Lighting Design: HBC Store Planning & Design, Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, Toronto

Materiality/Finishes: Burdifilek, Mark Lash Flagship, Toronto

Wayfinding, Signage & Environmental Graphics: BHDP Architecture, Brothers Marketplace, Medfield, Mass.

Visual Merchandising: HBC Store Planning & Design, Hudson’s Bay Home & Decor, Toronto

Fixturing: Checkland Kindleysides, Nixon, Paris

Sustainability: Gensler, Timbuk2, Chicago

Conceptual Design: Checkland Kindleysides, Joseph Cheaney Flagship, London

Branding: Chanel, Inc., CHANEL at Saks Fifth Avenue, New Orleans

Digital Integration: Gensler, Harman Flagship, New York

Historic Preservation: Elkus Manfredi Architects, The Verb Hotel, Boston

Exterior Façade: Planeación de Almacenes Liverpool, Liverpool, Toluca, Mexico

Show Window: HBC Store Planning & Design, Lord & Taylor, Albany, N.Y.

About the International Store Design Awards: Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe were invited to submit projects for the Institute’s 44th Annual International Store Design Competition. The competition celebrates exceptional retail experiences across more than 20 categories from full-line departments stores to restaurants and pop-up shops. Eligible projects were those completed between Nov. 1, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2014.

About the Retail Design Institute:  Founded in 1961, the Retail Design Institute promotes the advancement and collaborative practice of creating selling environments. The annual international design awards program, now entering its 45th year, is the retail design industry’s only peer-reviewed design competition. In addition to celebrating the work of professional design practitioners, the Institute also recognizes and awards student designers through its annual Student Design Competition, working with colleges and universities worldwide.



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