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Competition: 2008 International Store Design Competition

The Retail Design Institute's 38th International Store Design Awards Gala took place the evening of Monday January 12th at the Times Center Stage in New York City. Two hundred of the retail design industry's top design talent, retailers, editors and vendors joined the Retail Design Institute as they recognized the top store designs from 2008. Emceed by Andrew McQuilkin, the Institute's International President, and visually presented in musically themed movies of the winners, the evening's presentations moved quickly forward as several representative of the organization presented, including Peter-Tolin Baker of Tiffany's, Jay Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick International Group, Brian Dyches the International Secretary, and Luanne Perry the International Treasurer. Announced and awarded by Paco Underhill of Envirosell with top honors for Store of the Year 2008 was the Asian Paints Coloure Store in Mumbai, India, designed by Fitch (Singapore). Other stores recognized for their outstanding achievements with first places included EKO Boutique by dialogue 38 inc. (specialty store under 1,500 sq. ft.), Under Armour by FRCH Design Worldwide (specialty store 3,000-5,000 sq. ft.) , Silver City Oakville Cinemas by Watt International Inc. (entertainment facility), and Barney's New York, Las Vegas, by Jeffrey Hutchison Associates, LLC (New Specialty Department Store). Eleven retail projects were also awarded the special "Innovation" award for the new ground and excellence they demonstrated in key disciplines related to store design. Projects included DFS Galleria in Cotai, Macau by rkd Retail/IQ, for store planning, Borders, Ann Arbor by JGA Inc for Graphics, and REI Round Rock, Texas by Gensler for Green Design. In total, twenty eight firms and thirty six retailers received honors. The evening not only gave kudos to these great designers, retailers and their projects, it was a celebration of a fantastic year in retail design. It is truly the one time a year where the industry's peers get together, put aside their competitiveness, and join in commending each other for their accomplishments. This is the only retail design competition organized and judged solely by our peers. Congratulations to all the winners!

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