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NEWS AND EVENTS

50th International Design Competition Winners Announced

The Retail Design Institute has named 25 finalists in its 50th annual design competition. The judging panel consisted of Professional members of the Institute representing its various Chapters.

These projects make up the Institute’s Class of 2020, for retail projects opened in 2020 (January 1 through December 31) and represent design achievement in categories ranging from pop-up stores to fine dining. This year’s competition attracted submissions from 62 retail teams around the globe.

The Institute’s 2020 Store of the Year will be announced October 12 at a virtual event to be simulcast from New York City on YouTube. Additionally, the Institute’s coveted Innovation Awards, ranging from planning and circulation to lighting design and decorative material usage, will be announced as well.

The following winning projects make up the Institute’s “Class of 2020” — projects represent the “best of the best” stores opened in 2020. The Institute’s annual “class” represents the best of the best regardless of store format or retail merchandise/service classification.

The Retail Design Institute’s Class of 2020

AT&T Experience Store, Dallas. Design: AT&T Creative Innovation Team, El Segundo, Calif.
Buff City Soap, Dallas. Design: CallisonRTKL, Dallas.
Christopher Bates, Toronto. Design: dkstudio architects inc., Toronto.
Clean Market, New York City. Design: Heitler Houstoun Architects, New York City.
El Palacio de Hierro, Perisur, Mexico City. Design: TPG Architecture, New York City.
Fresh St. Market, Vancouver, BC. Design: King Retail Solutions, Eugene, Ore.
Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, Montréal. Design: Jeffrey Hutchison and Associates, New York City.
Ippolita, Chicago. Design: Jeffrey Hutchison and Associates, New York City.
Joe Fresh, Toronto. Design: Burdifilek, Toronto.

Knock Knock Spirits, Lexington, S.C. Design: api(+), Tampa, Fla.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, New York City. Design: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio.
RS No.9 Carnaby, London. Design: GH+A Design Studio, Montréal.
Sleep Number (at CES), Las Vegas. Design: Sleep Number, Minneapolis and Centerpoint, Woodbury, Minn.
Snow Peak, Portland, Ore. Skylab Architecture, Portland, Ore.
SONIC, Tahlequah, Okla. Design: ChangeUp, Miamisburg, Ohio.
Spazio Lenovo, Milan. Design: Italian Design Excellence srl (Alessandro Luciani Designer), Milan.
Sprayground, American Dream Mall, East Rutherford, N.J. Design: GH+A Design Studio, Montréal.
Strictly Cycling Collective, New York City. Design: TPG Architecture, New York City.
Sweet Seven Cannabis Co., Waterloo, Ont. Design: dkstudio architects inc., Toronto.
T-Mobile, Plano, Texas. Design: IA Interior Architects, Seattle.
Tempur-Pedic, New York City. Design: CallisonRTKL, Seattle.
The Raider Image Official Team Store, Las Vegas. Design: RGLA Solutions, Inc., Schiller Park. Ill.
Walmart, Springdale, Ark. Design: Landor & Fitch, Columbus, Ohio.
Whole Foods Market, Sherman Oaks, Calif., DL English, Pasadena, Calif.
Yu Seafood, Toronto. Design: dialogue 38, Toronto.

Cadillac House, Shanghai, is the 2019 Store of the Year!

Cadillac House in Shanghai, China, is the Retail Design Institute’s 2019 Store of the Year. Claudia Cerchiara, the Institute’s International Chairman and Chair of its Awards Committee, made the official announcement July 2, 2020. “We congratulate the Cadillac House team on their impressive win that combined elements of a classic car showroom with the interactivity of an educational exhibit.” The space combines education with aspiration and brand elements “that communicate the space as clearly Cadillac,” Cerchiara explained. In addition to its distinction of Store of the Year, judges also bestowed three Innovation Awards on Cadillac House — one each for Architecture, Customer Experience and Digital Integration.
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Retail Design Legion of Honor Inducts Paul Lechleiter

Paul Lechleiter is the latest practitioner to be inducted into the Retail Design Legion of Honor. Lechleiter, who has logged more than 35 years in the retail design industry, is chief creative officer of FRCH NELSON, Cincinnati. As FRCH NELSON’s creative visionary, Lechleiter’s role is hands-on involvement in day-to-day creative output, providing creative leadership for a variety of client relationships….

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James Farnell Named Fellow of the Institute

Farnell joined the Institute in 2009 as a Professional member through the Southern California Chapter and later serving as its President August 2011 through October 2014. He was named Professional Member of the Year in 2013 for his work on behalf Southern California. Farnell has consistently upheld the mission and values of the Institute, representing the interests of all Institute’s membership from student to professionals and trade partners…

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Announcing the Mark V. Looper Award for Design Collaboration

“We’ve added the ‘Mark V. Looper Award for Design Collaboration,’ because Mark was a champion of collaboration,” notes Andrew McQuilkin, FRDI, chairman of the Student Design Competition.” Throughout his career, McQuilkin explains, “Mark invited and inspired individuals to work together. So the Institute feels strongly about using this opportunity to recognize those who do at the earliest stages in their design profession.”

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March 17, 2018

SoCal Event Recap: Artistic Retail

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February 26, 2018

Stores of the Year 46 Hardcopy Available on Demand!

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February 20, 2018

PNW April 2018 Event Recap: The State of Cannabis Retail

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Announcing the Mark V. Looper Award for Design Collaboration

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January 10, 2018

In Memoriam: Jon Greenberg, 1925-2017

Ken Nisch, FRDI, recalls the life and legacy of his friend and mentor Jon Greenberg, the retail design pioneer and founder of Jon Greenberg Associates. IN […]

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