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Sage + Sound, New York City | 52nd International Design Competition Winner

 (Photography by William Jess Laird, New York, New York)

Sage + Sound, New York

Category: Barber, Salon, Spa

Submitted by: RDC

Photography: William Jess Laird, New York, New York

Sage + Sound is New York’s newest wellness destination in the UES. Originally envisioned as a wellness marketplace, the founders wanted to create a single destination for the best wellness brands, services, and treatments under one roof. They also wanted the guests to experience a curated program of products and self-care practitioners in a revitalizing and rejuvenating environment.

 (Photography by William Jess Laird, New York, New York)

Upon entering the retail space, guests are greeted by the custom curved feature wall, walnut displays, and a free-standing sink to use when testing products. On the north side, the Isle of Us café offers guests delicious and healthy food options, at the made-to-order counter or in the marketplace. On the south side, Sunday's nail salon pampers guests with spa-quality nail services based on non-toxic and healthy practices. Away from the street noise, guests can retreat toward the back of the space for a guided meditation class or sound bath in The Study, a dedicated classroom for mental fitness programming. Five private treatment rooms allow for an individualized spa experience.

The multi-offering space is designed so that guests can enjoy the feeling of relaxation induced by warm neutral tones, oak floors, Venetian plaster walls, and luxurious furnishings. Tunable lighting throughout allows complete customization of light levels and moods in each zone, creating a serene spa-like setting for visitors and contributing to a sustainable environment.

Sage + Sound has become popular within the local community for providing unique offerings like special practitioner speakers, workshops, and classes around mental health and wellness. The study hosts between five and seven classes a day. More recently, the space generated buzz as it was featured on The Zoe Report, Nylon Magazine, The New York Times, the Today Show, and many others.

We are proud to be a part of the team that helped the Sage + Sound founders realize their vision for a unique, welcoming space for a community of people who consciously seek to improve their lives.

Architect: RDC

General Contractor: Schimenti Construction

MEP: ANZ Consulting Engineering

Structural: Blue Sky Design

Interior Design: Ronen Lev & Nicolas Obied

Millwork: Orion RED

Lighting Design: Orsman Design

Construction Management: CMG, Inc.

Project Management: Rekon Retail

Audio/Visual: Studio Black


In addition to Sage + Sound, the Retail Design Institute would like to congratulate the Class of 2022, representing the best of the best in retail stores and experiences completed between January 1st and December 31st, 2022:

American Outpost


LOVE and Bergmeyer

2022 Store of the Year

Innovation Awards: Branding & Technology and Digital Integration

Sage & Sound

New York


El Palacio de Hierro Coyoacán


TPG Architecture

High Street Place



Miller & Lux

New York

MBH Architects

Innovation Award: Finishes & Materiality


San Marcos

Arcadis Inc.

Innovation Award: Wayfinding & Environmental Graphics

Bentonville Nature Near Pavilion

Virtual, Bentonville

NELSON Worldwide

Innovation Awards: Unbuilt Conceptual Design

Victoria's Secret Bombshell Gardens

New York

MG2/Lionesque Group

Central Park

North York

II BY IV Design



Dalziel & Pow Design Consultants

Innovation Award: Fixturing

Clyde & Grain



Innovation Award: Wayfinding & Environmental Graphics

Greenwich St. Jewelers

New York

MAOarch Architecture D.P.C.

Innovation Award: Customer Journey

Johnny Cupcakes



Innovation Awards: Visual Merchandising and Conceptual Design


New York

Heitler Houstoun Architects, PC

Innovation Award: Lighting


New York




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