The party of the year started with a champagne toast to the finalists. In less than an hour, iKOU was crowned 2017 Store of the Year! The Institute’s annual celebration of design took place May 23 at Current – Chelsea Piers. In all, the Institute handed out more than 30 awards for overall design and innovation. The Retail Design Legion of Honor inducted its latest honoree, Brian Shafley, RDI, ceo Chute Gerdeman . Our thanks to Mark Steele Photography for the images.