An Australian specialty skincare retailer took home the top honor in the Retail Design Institute’s annual international design competition.
iKOU, in Sydney’s historic Queen Victoria Building, was named 2017 Store of the Year at the Institute’s 47th Awards Gala & Fundraiser in New York City.
Designed by Pinto Tuncer, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, iKOU, is a holistic, ethically-sourced skincare brand. The design team sought to translate iKOU’s philosophy — “encouraging mindful and relaxing moments inspired by nature” – into a clinical-yet-inviting haven. The store was selected from among the more than 100 projects entered in the Institute’s annual competition. It further competed against nearly three-dozen fellow finalists before emerging as Store of the Year.
In addition to iKOU, he Institute’s Class of 2017 honorees included:
Air Jordan, Toronto, Design: Ædifica and SET Creative (Innovation Award for Branding);
Arçelik, Istanbul, Design: FITCH (Innovation Award for Digital Integration);
Chicago Cubs Store, Chicago, Design: Chipman Design Architecture;
Coffee for Sasquatch, Los Angeles, Design: Dan Brunn Architecture;
Etude House, Seoul, Design: Dalziel & Pow;
Flight Club, Los Angeles, Design: Slade Architecture (Innovation Award for Concept);
Galeries Lafayette, Istanbul, Design: Plajer & Franz (Innovation Award for Lighting);
Gnome Grown, Oregon City, Design: The High Road Design Studio;
Handsome Cycles, Minneapolis, Design: Knock Inc.;
Hershey’s Chocolate World, New York City, Design: FRCH Design Worldwide;