Frye, Nordstrom, Bergdorf take top honors
The retail design industry honored winners of the Shop! Design Awards, the industry’s top store design awards program that celebrates winners annually during GlobalShop. During the ceremony on March 29, Shop! recognized 19 Gold-winning designs and presented three top honors:
Store of the Year Winner: The Frye Company, Denver. With its warm and modern ski-lodge aesthetic, dramatic but highly efficient lighting, and authentic materials, The Frye Company’s new Denver store captivated judges. The winning design celebrates the artisan heritage of one of the oldest footwear companies in America.
Visual Presentation of the Year: Nordstrom, Toronto, for its Curated Art Program. A revolving display of artwork, often lit by natural sunlight, ranges from metal sculptures and ceramics to paintings, drawings, photographs, and book collections in the Yorkdale Nordstrom store. Significant pieces were commissioned from local and international artists.
Store Fixture of the Year: Bergdorf Goodman, New York, for the Folding Jewelry Screen. Chiseled shapes of 1920s and ’30s gemstone designs provided the inspiration for fixtures in its designer jewelry department including the award-winning folding screen-like fixture that presents designer jewelry in individual vignettes.
All 57 winning designs were shown during the 2017 Shop! Awards celebration held in the LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay. For this year’s competition, judges reviewed 257 entries and selected 19 Gold, 20 Silver, 15 Element Awards, along with the coveted Store of the Year, Fixture of the Year and Visual Presentation of the Year Awards. This year’s competition included winning projects from Lebanon, China, UK, South Korea, and Canada.
In its 46th year, the Design Awards continues to honor all aspects of retail store design, with winners representing countries around the globe. For the first time, two industry iconic Awards competitions — the Design Awards and the OMA Awards — were celebrated together during one fete: The Shop! Awards Celebration.
“It was quite a night. Shop! unveiled the esteemed Design Award winners together with the top winners from the OMA Awards, Global Awards and Merriman Above & Beyond Awards competitions,” says Steven Weiss, Shop! CEO.
“More than 52 percent of the winning Design Awards projects were submitted by Shop! members, including all of the big 3 award winners, emphasizing the great work our members contribute to retail design. Congratulations to all involved in each winning project,” Weiss says.
The 2017 Shop! Design Awards were judged by an independent panel of retailers, designers, and industry journalists:
- Diane Archibald, VP Store Design & Development, Reitmans Canada
- Danny Boddy, Sr. VP, Retail, Soft Surroundings
- Diana Revkin, Managing Director, Retail, TPG Architecture, LLP
- Dee Spiro, Director of Sustainability/Associate, Bergmeyer
- Jennifer Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief, VMSD magazine
- Alison Medina, Executive Editor, design:retail magazine
- Jo Rossman, LEED AP ID+C, Editor, Retail Environments magazine
- Marianne Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, Chain Store Age
For full coverage of award-winning projects go here. Print and digital versions of the Shop! Retail Environments Winners Book will be available online and to magazine subscribers in early April.
This year’s award sponsors include GlobalShop 2017, VMSD , Menasha, GH+A, Madden, Rapid Displays, Essentra, Spectas, Tarkett and Data Display.