Last night, the retail design industry came together to honor 59 winners at the 47th annual Shop! Awards Celebration, the industry’s top store design competition celebrating outstanding retail environments. The coveted Store of the Year award went to b8ta in Santa Monica, Calif., U.S.; Galeries Lafayette in Paris received the Visual Presentation of the Year; and Coty Fume Scent Lounge in Toronto won Store Fixture of the Year.
Store of the Year winner: b8ta
The hardline specialty store was named Store of the Year for embodying the future in a retail world that is being redefined. Designed by Gensler, the store brings products directly from start-up consumer electronics makers to the consumer, capturing data from shopper interactions and feeding it back to makers to aid their R&D and marketing efforts. The retailer also won two element awards: Use of Technology and In-Store Communications.
Visual Presentation of the Year winner: Galeries Lafayette
Galeries Lafayette received the Visual Presentation of the Year-Window Display Award for its engaging window display that integrated animation/technology with remarkable traditional graphics. Kendu In-Store Visual Solutions built the display and contributed to the design.
Fixture of the Year winner: Coty Fume Scent Lounge
The Curved Display Bar at Hudson’s Bay in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre is an elegantly shaped fixture that engages consumers to explore scent preferences without having to spray onto their body. Eventscape built the display.
An independent panel of judges reviewed a total of 219 entries and selected winning projects from across the globe, including the Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea. In addition to the top three awards, they identified 19 Gold, 19 Silver, and 18 Element Awards.
The panel of judges included:
Jennifer Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief, VMSD magazine
Danny Boddy, SVP, Retail, Soft Surroundings
Jessie Dowd, Executive Editor, design:retail magazine
Jose Padron, Sr. Manager, Global Retail Design, The Hershey Company
Diana Revkin, Managing Director, Retail, TPG Architecture, LLP
Jo Rossman, Publisher/Editor, LEED AP ID+C, Retail Environments magazine
Dee Spiro, Director of Sustainability/Associate, Bergmeyer
“For 47 years, we’ve been recognizing the amazing talent inherent in the retail environments industry with the Design Awards program,” says Shop! CEO Steven A. Weiss, CAE. “Shop! is proud to produce this long-standing competition, which honors the business skills of retail professionals to fashion brick and mortar store experiences that are relevant and thriving.”
For full coverage of the 2018 award-winning projects, including photos, visit shopawards.org. Copies of the Retail Environments Winners Book are available in the Shop! booth (#5201) at GlobalShop! Digital copies will be available online at shopassociation.org/retail-environments-magazine-2.
This year’s award sponsors included: GlobalShop, WestRock, VMSD, Menasha, GH&A, Madden, Rapid Displays, Essentra, Tarkett, Ledconn, and Data Display.