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Institute’s 50th International Design Competition Winners Announced

The Retail Design Institute has named 25 winners 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 revealed 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.

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.

  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, New York City. Design: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio.

  • Knock Knock Spirits, Lexington, S.C. Design: api(+), Tampa, Fla.

  • 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.

  • SONIC, Tahlequah, Okla. Design: ChangeUp, Miamisburg, Ohio.

  • Spazio Lenovo, Milan. Design: Italian Design Excellence srl, Milan.

  • Snow Peak, Portland, Ore. Skylab Architecture, Portland, Ore.

  • Strictly Cycling Collective, New York City. Design: TPG Architecture, New York City.

  • Sweet Seven Cannabis Co., Waterloo, Ont. Design: dkstudio architects inc., Toronto.

  • Sprayground, American Dream Mall, East Rutherford, N.J. Design: GH+A Design Studio, Montréal.

  • 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.


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