The finalists have been revealed for the SBID International Design Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious design awards, and this year entries have been received from 41 countries – meaning the finalist list is longer than ever. Each falls into one of 14 categories, ranging from Hotel Design, Public Space and Intelligent Design, through to Restaurant & Bar Design. In the first of a two-part special, we take a look at the finalists for the Retail Design category.
A total of 15 finalists have been shortlisted in the Retail Design category (all of which are clearly superb but can’t be squeezed into one blog). Among them is the Fred Perry store designed by Buckley Grey Yeoman in London’s Covent Garden, which responds to a demand for flexibility by allowing the layout to be switched to reflect the seasonal changes in collections and to be cleared for hosting shop-floor events.
The three other London nominees include: Watches of Switzerland’s extravagant three-storey flagship showroom in Regent Street, designed by Callison; the Crawford Partnership’s sumptuous Rossana Kitchen Showroom in Wigmore Street; and iconic US interior brand Holly Hunt’s first European showroom, by design practice Wheelerkanik, in Dover Street. Rounding out the UK shortlist is the Pad Deco retail store in Cardiff, which was designed by Penelope Allen Design as a high-end but affordable home interiors boutique in a Grade II listed Victorian arcade.
On the global front, the Olympia Tile room in Toronto successfully offered II By IV Design a chance to strut their stuff, providing an enhanced sense of space and without the shop having to be closed to business at any point during the renovations. Across the other side of the world, in Tokyo, design company Moment worked on a seven-day only opening of Bao Bao Issey Miyake. Intended to attract the curiosity of passers-by, the store was flanked with 300 square metallic balloons that would naturally shrivel over the course of the week, while a series of platinum products were introduced in store.
Design practice Oü Sisearhitektuuribüroo Joonprojekt has also been nominated for its innovative expansion of the Ülemiste Shopping Centre in Tallin, Estonia. Combining sheer imagination and modern design solutions, the shopping centre reopened in October 2014, with a thematic nod to the natural world.
The SBID International Design Awards ceremony will take place at The Dorchester hotel on Friday 27 November at 12 pm. SBID (the Society of British and International Design) is the professional accrediting organisation for the UK interior design industry and its annual awards are a calendar highlight. Each submission goes through a two-tier judging process, with panels of leading industry experts from the likes of The Studio at Harrods, The Boeing Company, BBC Radio 2 and 6, and Google, and is marked for a broad range of assets including technical content, health and safety and aesthetic creativity. For the full list of Retail Design – and other – finalists please click here.