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Red Awards 2017 include call to support retail design

Each year, the Retail Interiors Association celebrates excellence in retail design with its Red Awards. At the awards evening, those involved in retail interior design were asked to consider how they can provide better value for retailers who are under pressure in a hyper-competitive environment.

In her presentation speech at the Red Awards, judge Juanita Neville-Te Rito of Retail X encouraged architects, designers, shopfitters and retailers to do what they can to create an environment of “co-opetition” which supports industry members as much as it challenges them.

Michael Eden, president of the Retail Interiors Association, expanded on the same theme of collaboration, saying retailers are under pressure like never before. The advent of Toys “R” Us filing for bankruptcy is a sign of massive change in the retail world, he says, as is the recent entry of multinationals like Zara and H&M and, soon, Uniqlo, to the New Zealand market.

Eden called upon RIA members to help Kiwi retailers as they adjust to this environment: “If we don’t assist the retailers that are here… well, we’re not going to get any money out of Uniqlo and H&M.”

He asked the Red Awards attendees to network, start conversations, and consider how they can provide better value for retailers who are under pressure.

“This industry is so small that we must trust one another,” Eden says. “We collaborate together, we do what we can as a group.”

The supreme winner of the Red Awards 2017, Birkenhead’s Junction Eatery, stood out to judges for its “beautifully-described and visualized concept”. It was designed by Material Creative and completed by shopfitter Alan Jones.

The joinery and detailing also impressed the judging panel, who overall felt Junction Eatery’s interior was a stand-out design in every aspect:

“It doesn’t try too hard to impress, it just does, and has its own confident language that is understated with accents of ‘Wow’ by using natural light, shape and flow.”

Here’s the complete list of Red Awards winners.

Group winners


Entertainment + Service + Home

Group winner: Aspect Furniture Showroom, Christchurch.

Division: Appliances, electronics, telecommunications digital and furniture division;

Designer: Warren and Mahoney Architects

Shopfitter: Aspect Furniture

Retailer: Aspect Furniture


Entertainment + Service + Home 

Bank of New Zealand

Division: Service (finance, travel, medical, real estate.)

Designer: RCG

Shopfitter: Cook Brothers

Retailer: BNZ


Fashion + Health

Group winner: ASC Salon

Division: Health and beauty, hair, pharmacy, nails and spa division

Designer: Material Creative

Shopfitter: Peter Carter

Retailer: ASC Salon
 

Trelise Cooper Wellington

Division: Apparel division

Designer: Studio Gascoigne

Shopfitter: Datum Projects

Retailer: Trelise Cooper


Ore Jewellery - Westfields Albany
Division: Accessories, eyewear, jewellery, hair and footwear division

Designer: Designability

Shopfitter: Miller Creative Group

Retailer: Ore Jewellery

Food + Drink


Group winner: Junction Eatery

Division: Foodcourt, day cafes, gourmet food division

Designer: Material Creative

Shopfitter: Alan Jones

Retailer: Chris Jones


Good Union
Division: Bars, nightclubs, restaurants division

Designer: Material Creative

Shopfitter: Hawkins

Retailer: Good George


Pop-up + Events

Group winner: The Co-operative Bank Sylvia Park kiosk

Designer: RCG

Shopfitter: Retail Dimension


International
Group winner: Rodd & Gunn, Fashion Island

Designer: Pennant & Triumph

Shopfitter: GDM Retail Systems


Excellence awards

Shopfront - Sponsored by Gartshore

Winner: Life Pharmacy Albany

Designer: Context Architects

Shopfitter: Allen & Chapman

Retailer: Life Pharmacy


Colour + Texture - Sponsored by Resene

Winner: Good Union

Designer: Material Creative

Shopfitter: Hawkins

Retailer: Good George


Flooring - Sponsored by Inzide

Winner: Giraffe

Designer: Izzard Design

Shopfitter: Dimension Shopfitters

Retailer: Giraffe


Visual merchandising + styling - Sponsored by GDM Retail Systems

Winner: Rodd & Gunn Bar, Queenstown

Designer: Pennant & Triumph

Shopfitter: W Gartshore Ltd

Retailer: Rodd & Gunn


Joinery - Sponsored by Gartshore

Winner: Giraffe

Designer: Izzard Design

Shopfitter: Dimension Shopfitters

Retailer: Giraffe


Signage - Sponsored by Rilee Signs

Winner: Naumi Hotel, Bar and Bistro 

Designer: Material Creative and Ellery Muir Associates

Shopfitter: CBC Construction, Vkart and Gartshore

Retailer: Hund Group


Signage -  Judges’ recognition award

Winner: Sushi Ninja, New Plymouth

Designer: Studio Gascoigne

Shopfitter: Custom Construction NZ Ltd

Retailer: Sushi Ninja


Brand experience -  Sponsored by Retail Interiors Association

Winner: Rodd & Gunn Bar, Queenstown

Designer: Pennant & Triumph

Shopfitter: W Gartshore Ltd

Retailer: Rodd & Gunn


Lighting – Sponsored by Retail Interiors Association

Winner: ASC Salon

Designer: Material Creative

Shopfitter: Peter Carter

Retailer: ASC Salon


Sustainability Recognition Award – Sponsored by Kiwi Property

Winner: 2degrees, Queen St

Designer: Retail Dimension

Shopfitter: Retail Dimension

Retailer: 2degrees


Sustainability Award – Sponsored by Kiwi Property

Winner: Lush, Queen St

Designer: E2

Shopfitter: Dimension Shopfitters

Retailer: Lush


Red Star Emerging Talent Award – Sponsored by Retail Interiors Association

Winner: Fernando Castellanos

Company: GDM Retail Systems


Red Star Emerging Talent Award – Sponsored by Retail Interiors Association

Winner: Olivia MacFarlane

Company: Material Creative


Judges’ recognition

Winner: Naumi Hotel, Bar and Bistro 

Designer: Material Creative and Ellery Muir Associates

Shopfitter: CBC Construction, Vkart and Gartshore

Retailer: Hund Group

This story first appeared atThe Register.