10 years of AIDA: Retail Design

Celebrating ten years of Australian Interior Design Awards, we continue our retrospective of winning interior designs with Retail Design: 2004–2013.

The Australian Interior Design Awards recognize excellence in interior design across seven key categories: Retail, Hospitality, Workplace, Public, Installation, Residential Design and Residential Decoration.

Ten years of AIDA Retail Design project winners

2012 Retail Design Award: Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens by Landini Associates.

2012 Retail Design Award: Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens by Landini Associates.

Image: Trevor Mein

2012

Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, Canada
Landini Associates

The jury said

This category included many projects concerned with food retailing, signalling a resurgence of interest in food and design, particularly within food courts. The awarded and commended projects dignify the activity of shopping across all demographics. The awarded project, Maple Leaf Gardens market by Landini Associates, is an interior of complexity and richness; a market without the mess. The food produce on offer is the hero of the space and enables customers to communicate with food providers and producers, which is an essential part of an intelligent and meaningful shopping experience. Signage, colour and texture are used with control and deliberate intent. This is a massive, beautiful marketplace. The designers are to be congratulated on what they have achieved in North America and are encouraged to undertake similar projects in Australia.

2011 Retail Design Award: Crumpler by Ryan Russell for Russell & George.

2011 Retail Design Award: Crumpler by Ryan Russell for Russell & George.

Image: Dianna Snape

2011

Crumpler
Doncaster, Victoria
Ryan Russell for Russell & George

The jury said

The awarded and commended projects in this category are acknowledged for successfully creating outstanding retail identities in busy retail environments. The Crumpler store is marked by its extraordinary shopfront, which immediately identifies the brand and marks the store entry clearly within the visual noise of the ubiquitous shopping mall. Every aspect of the design reinforces the Crumpler brand: the aesthetic is strong, clear and not at all overworked. The designer has selectively executed three key ideas that are true to the brand and add meaning to the Crumpler product. Materials from the manufacture of Crumpler’s own products are brilliantly used within the interior as trussed, surface and suspension elements to display product. A glass display box at the entrance elevates the Crumpler bag to an object of desire. Overall, the store entry is an exercise in 3D form, material exploration, customer experience and brand identity.

2010 Retail Design Award: Victor Churchill, Fine Family Butcher by Dreamtime Australia Design.

2010 Retail Design Award: Victor Churchill, Fine Family Butcher by Dreamtime Australia Design.

Image: Paul Gosney

2010

Victor Churchill, Fine Family Butcher
Woollahra, NSW
Dreamtime Australia Design

The jury said

This project challenges notions about retailing and the traditional idea of a butcher shop. The interior reveals a dramatic juxtaposition of old-world production and contemporary theatre. The design intensifies the retail journey and the customer experience. This is a world-class example of retail design and may set a benchmark for retail design globally.

2009 Retail Design Award: The Coop by Matt Gibson A + D.

2009 Retail Design Award: The Coop by Matt Gibson A + D.

Image: John Wheatley

2009

The Coop
Melbourne
Matt Gibson A + D

The jury said

Matt Gibson A + D creates a very clever spatial solution incorporating fantastic detailing. The project reflects a resourceful use of materials; it is practical and honest but still encourages a unique retail experience. With quirky openings and a fresh, fun approach, this project is testament to the designer’s talent and ingenuity.

2008 Retail Design Award: Ksubi by Herbert + Mason Architecture.

2008 Retail Design Award: Ksubi by Herbert + Mason Architecture.

Image: Ben Glezer

2008

Ksubi
Armadale, Vic
Herbert + Mason Architecture

The jury said

The project heralds a much needed and clever shift in retail design in Australia, in terms of both interior spatial resolution and brand reinforcement. The jury acknowledged that if retail design is about being ahead of the pack, then this project is exemplary. The ingeniously designed progression of spaces through the store is experimental, humorous, explanatory and sophisticated, resulting in a unique and adventurous retail experience that references the edgy aspects of popular and visual culture.

2007 Retail Design Award: TITLE by RUMIK.

2007 Retail Design Award: TITLE by RUMIK.

Image: Rocket Mattler

2007

TITLE
Surry Hills, NSW
RUMIK

The jury said

The success of this project is based on the philosophy of the product’s journey to the shop itself. This sends a clear retail message and maximizes the product’s appeal. The interior is the result of the designer’s sensitive consideration of the experience of shopping. Controlled product display, excellent use of simple materials and respect for the original building envelope have resulted in an intelligent and effective retail interior.

2006

No award given

2005 Retail Design Award: Roun Westfield by Clarity Design.

2005 Retail Design Award: Roun Westfield by Clarity Design.

Image: Steve Back

2005

Roun Westfield
Bondi Junction, NSW
Clarity Design

The jury said

This small-scale project makes a significant contribution to retail design practice. It challenges conventional resolution of retail space by proposing a risky design for a jewellery store in the public throughfare of a recently refurbished shopping mall. Security issues have been successfully resolved with clever detailing, allowing close scrutiny of jewellery pieces in a highly public realm without compromising their secure housing. The design is provocative and goes beyond existing retail philosophy.

2004 Retail Design Award: Precision Flooring by Tobias Theodore.

2004 Retail Design Award: Precision Flooring by Tobias Theodore.

Image: Sharrin Rees

2004

Precision Flooring
Surry Hills, NSW
Tobias Theodore

The jury said

Incisive, bold and innovative, a sensate environment. It uses the horizontal plane decorously to communicate the varying flooring materials in exactly the way they will be experienced by the specifier or client. The showroom survives as a space in its own right, like an art gallery where the surface materials are the artworks.

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