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50th International Design Competition Winners Announced

Updated: Oct 1, 2023

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 on October 12 at a virtual event to be live-streamed from New York City. Additionally, the Institute’s coveted Innovation Awards, ranging from planning and circulation to lighting design and decorative material usage, will be announced.

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.

The Institute welcomes projects open from January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, for submission in its 51st International Design Competition. In addition to high-resolution photography, all entries are required to include floorplan/s, a 750-word project description as well as a list of product suppliers and consultants. The deadline for submission will be March 31, 2022.

Areas include Brand & Brand Activation; Consumer Products & Lifestyle; Food & Beverage; Service Retail and Unbuilt/Conceptual.

Specific retail formats include: In-Store Shop; Kiosk; Pop-Up | Pop-In Shop; Showroom; Department Store; Specialty Hardline; Specialty Softline; Mass Merchant; Big Box l Hypermarket; Home Improvement | DIY; Seasonal Shop; Convenience Store; Specialty Purveyor & Provisioner;Supermarket | Grocery; Bar | Pub; Coffee or Tea Shop; Fast Food & Quick Service Restaurant; Fine Dining; Food Truck or Festival Shop; Apothecary, Pharmacy; Audiology, Dentistry, Optometry; Barber, Salon, Spa; Creative Arts & Crafts DIY Studio; Financial; Telecommunication; Travel Services; Concierge | Lobby | Common Area. Theoretical works can include Unbuilt | Conceptual spaces or Strategy | Thought Leadership.


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