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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 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.

Tempur-Pedic (New York City)

Tempur-Pedic, New York City, is the 2020 Store of the Year!

Tempur-Pedic, New York City, is the Retail Design Institute’s 2020 Store of the Year. Ray Ehscheid, the Institute’s International Chairman and Chair of its Awards Committee, made the official announcement October 12, 2021. “We congratulate the Tempur-Pedic team on their impressive win that channeled multi-sensory experiences for a new 3,100-sq.-ft. store in Manhattan. ”The location takes advantage of its storefront using nature photography much like a window to a landscape beyond,” Ehscheid explained. In addition to its distinction of Store of the Year, judges also bestowed two Innovation Awards on Tempur-Pedic — one each for Materiality and Digital Integration. Catch the entire awards presentation  here.
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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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October 25, 2021

Event Recap: 50th International Design Awards Chapter Watch Parties!

Chapters across the Institute network celebrated the 50th International Design Awards by way of Watch Parties. The awards presentation — lived streamed from the Triad Theater […]
October 24, 2021

Event Recap: Toronto Chapter 50th International Awards Watch Party

What a night! On October 12, we hosted the 50th Annual Design Awards Presentation at the stunning Midgley Technica showroom in North York and it was […]
October 12, 2021

Tempur-Pedic, New York City | 50th International Design Competition Store of the Year

Tempur-Pedic, New York City Design: CallisonRTKL, Seattle Innovation Awards for Materiality and Digital Integration The CallisonRTKL and the Tempur-Pedic team channeled multi-sensory experiences for a new […]
October 12, 2021

Whole Foods Market, Sherman Oaks, Calif. | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Whole Foods Market, Sherman Oaks, Calif. Design: DL English Design, Pasadena, Calif. Whole Foods Market asked D.L English Design to create a dynamic new look for […]
October 12, 2021

Snow Peak, Portland, Ore. | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Snow Peak, Portland, Ore. Design: Skylab Architecture, Portland, Ore. Snow Peak is Japanese company known for outdoor apparel and gear. Last year it entered the US […]
October 12, 2021

Walmart, Springdale, Ark. | 50th International Design Competition Winner

Walmart, Springdale, Ark. Design: Landor & Fitch, Columbus, Ohio Innovation Award for Digital Integration Walmart and FITCH – now Landor & Fitch — teamed to design […]

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