STORE SPACES

International Design Competition extends deadline

BY Marianne Wilson

The Retail Design Institute has extended the deadline for entries for its annual International Design competition.

The competition, now in its 48th year, celebrates outstanding and innovative retail spaces that encourage new techniques in planning, design, graphics, fixturing, lighting and visual merchandising. Eligible projects are those completed between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The competition portal will now close on March 1, 2019. Click here to be connected.

Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects covering all retail formats. (No entries accepted from general contractors, allied trades, fixture manufacturers, material suppliers or owners’ representatives.) The competition welcomes exceptional retail experiences ranging from full-line traditional department stores to specialty apparel stores and restaurants to kiosks and pop-up shops.

Submissions require a 750-word narrative, plus photo captions for each submitted image (maximum of eight for specialty stores and 12 for department store, big box and mass merchant categories) and a floor plan. The narrative should cover the project’s scope, goals and objectives, customer journey and branding.

In addition, text should outline details such as store planning, design, materials, lighting and visual merchandising. Entrants are also asked to list the general contractor and suppliers to the project including additional consultants and contractors, plus equipment and decor vendors.

The “Class of 2018” (finalists) will be announced in March 2019. The Store of the Year (Best in Class) winner, along with recognition of all finalists, will be announced at the 48th Awards Gala & Fundraiser on May 22, 2019 in New York City.

For more information, contact Janet Groeber at [email protected].

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