Check out the Red Awards 2016 winners

The winners of the 2016 Red Awards have been revealed.

The supreme winner of this year’s Red Awards was a hospitality space – Hayes Common Eatery in Hamilton. Run annually by the Retail Interiors Association, the awards celebrated the best of 2016’s retail design and shopfitting work on Saturday at Mantells on the Water, Auckland.

In his introduction, Retail Interiors Association vice president Mark Tyrrell spoke of a record number of entries for the 2016 Red Awards, calling them “world class”. He also hinted at the likelihood of establishing a category for sustainable design next year.

Tyrrell farewelled former executive officer Rebekah Heal after 10 years with the association, and welcomed her sucessor Kate Douglas.

The judging panel for this year’s Red Awards was The Warehouse Group executive Matt Hadley, Scentre Group executive Gabrielle Bevin-Smith and retail marketing expert Juanita Neville-Te Rito. Television presenter Petra Bagust MC’d the event.

Neville-Te Rito spoke of “truly unique,” “brave,” “innovative, modern and imaginative” entries when she described the task the judges faced in deciding on a winner. She says the disruption faced by retailers over the last few years has resulted in an opportunity to innovate, which the winning designers and shopfitters had grasped with both hands.

While retail clients are now embracing digital opportunities, they are also coming to understand the importance of bricks and mortar stores in creating connections with customers, Neville-Te Rito says.

“The enduring truth about customers is that they love emotional connections – they love to taste and touch and feel.”

“Tonight is a celebration of the art of retail."

Here are the major winners at the 2016 Red Awards:

Scotty Doors Sponsor Award – Joinery Excellence Award Winner: The Palms Shopping Centre Food Court
Designer: Hierarchy Ltd
​Shopfitter: MWF Manufacturing Ltd

Resene Sponsor Award – Colour + Texture Excellence: Nandos Manukau
Designer: Godward Designspace
Shopfitter: Lonestar Construction

Retail Interiors Association Sponsor Award – Brand Implementation Excellence: Molenberg Pop Up Sandwich Shop
Designer: Pop Up Now in collaboration with Special Group
Shopfitter: Cutting Innovations

Inzide Sponsor Award – Flooring Excellence: John Franich Jewellers – NorthWest Shopping Centre
Designer: Product X Architecture
Shopfitter: Datum Projects Ltd

GDM Retail Systems Sponsor Award – Visual Merchandising Excellence: Farro Fresh Epsom
Designer: RCG Ltd
​Shopfitter: CAPE Interior Construction

Entertainment + Service Award Winner: Studio Red Hot Yoga
Designer: Cheshire Architects
​Shopfitter: Dimension Shopfitters

Food + Drink Award Winner:  Hayes Common Eatery
Designer:       Material Creative
Shopfitter:     New Image

Judges Recognition Award Winner:  The Supply Store, Fonterra Centre
Designer:       Designworks
Shopfitter:     Format

Fashion + Health Award Winner:  R.M.Williams, Wellington
Designer:       E-2
Shopfitter:     Dimension Shopfitters

Pop + Events Award Winner:   Pressed Raw Juice Bar
Designer:  Pop Up Now by Spaceworks
​Shopfitter: Cutting Innovations     

International Award Winner:  Rodd and Gunn, Indooroopilly 
Designer:      
 Pennant & Triumph            
Shopfitter:     GDM Retail

Supreme Award Winner:  Hayes Common Eatery
Designer:       Material Creative
Shopfitter:     New Image

The full list of awards winner is available on the Red Awards’ website here.

This story originally appeared on The Register.