BEST FLOORING AWARD
Barneys New York Chicago
Systems Inc., New York
The flooring choices for Barneys New York’s Chicago store provide
a residential feel and move customers through the space. Warm
oak and teak woods and various colors of limestone were the
main materials, but perhaps the most dramatic and eye-catching
is the detailed mosaic at the store’s main floor entry. Here, black,
tan, creams, and white squares stretch in various linear shapes
and patterns through the jewelry department. What makes this
project unique is that to ease the cost and time associated with
installing and shipping, the tile was manufactured with a one-of-kind panelizing methodology.
Design: Jeffrey Hutchison &
Associates, New York
Co. Inc. of Madison, Madison,
Fixtures: Pinehurst Group
Inc., Mississauga, ON, Canada
Group, Hong Kong
In-Store Technology: TM
Technology Partners Inc.,
Retailer: Barneys New
Visual Elements: Dazian
Fabrics LLC, Secaucus, N.J.
Photography: Richard Cadan Photography,
BEST ILLUMINATED COLOR MIXING
Holiday Under the Stars The Shops at
Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, New York
Holiday Image Inc., Long Island
City, New York
Retailer: The Related Companies,
As the name implies, Holiday Under the Stars provides shoppers
with the experience of walking under 14-foot Moravian stars in
a choreographed lighting display set to music. Positioned within
the indoor center’s 150-foot-tall entrance, the display is also visible to passersby on the street, as well as to shoppers at the entrance and upper levels
of the Columbus Circle shopping center. Textured Plexiglas, metal, 8,500 LEDs, 11,000
fiberoptics, and 156 strobe lights complete the visual display recognized as the “
largest specialty crafted display of illuminated color mixing in the world.”
Photography: A-Frame Inc., Toronto
Lighting was very important in this space,
where ambient light washes were used
throughout in addition to direct lighting to ensure perfect color rendition for
customers sampling the cosmetics retailer’s products. While the main lighting
combined fluorescent, halogen and LED
lighting, clear Starfire glass LED-lit “fins”
define the derma area and act as a focal
point towards the rear of the store, where
the back wall is further defined by a
kinetic light installation. Curved, translucent sandblasted acrylic panels are backlit
with LEDs, creating a sense of movement
within the space.
Fixtures: Unique Store Fixtures Ltd.,
Concord, ON, Canada
Flooring: Arban Stoneworks Ltd., Ottawa,
Kinetic Lighting: Forge Media + Design,
Lighting Design: Lightbrigade
Architectural Lighting Design, Toronto
Retailer/Visual Elements: Murale,
Shopper’s Drug Mart, Toronto
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Creating new graphics for the
store, designers focused on
wayfinding and communicat-
ing the depth of information
required while evoking a sense
of the brand, which is rooted in
agriculture. Designers created
an easy-to-shop cognitive map
inspired by specialty markets to create a circulation plan. Each of the
store’s newly created zones features stenciled wall “potato print”
macro graphics and finishes that relate to the color and character
of the zone, making zones easy for customers to find. Directory sig-
nage with graphic details like inch marks of a tape measure provide
additional subtext. Pylons provide bits of hardware wisdom that
include quotes such as “Hardware is all the nuts and bolts that hold
our homes and lives together.”
Photography: Laszlo Regos
Photography Inc., Berkley, Mich.
Architecture: Hayashida Architects, Emeryville, Calif.
Design: JGA, Southfield, Mich.
Fixtures: Kosakura and Associates, Santa Ana, Calif.
Fixtures: Lozier Corp., Omaha, Neb.
Flooring: Centiva, Florence, Ala.
Flooring: Retro Plate, Orangevale, Calif.
General Contracting: Eleven Western Builders Inc., Rocklin, Calif.
Lighting: Cooper Lighting/CAL Lighting, San Ramon, Calif.
Lighting: Electrical Distributors Co., Salinas, Calif.
Lighting: Sunoptics Prismatic Skylights, Sacramento, Calif.
Materials: Wilsonart International, Temple, Texas
Retailer: Orchard Supply Hardware, San Jose, Calif.
Visual Elements: Ad Art Sign Company, Fresno, Calif.
Visual Elements: Brite Lite Neon Sign Co., San Jose, Calif.
Visual Elements: Design Fabrications, Madison Heights, Mich.
Wall Treatment: Brescia-Stone Painting, Novato, Calif.
Photography: Aaron Photography, Lexington, Ky.
BEST WALL TREATMENT
Starbucks Coffee Company:
Merchandise Wall 1st and Pike,
Highlighting all things coffee and echoing the first
Starbucks store located nearby, Starbucks’ merchandise wall features a tapestry sewn from coffee bags
from the local roasting plant. Lincrusta wall covering, a
deeply embossed wallcovering made of natural materials (primarily wood flour and gelled linseed oil), was
used as wainscot throughout the store. Repurposed
materials and distressed finishes help contribute a
nostalgic, time-worn patina to the space.
Design/Visual Elements: B-32 Productions, Seattle
Fixtures: Alu Inc., New York
Fixtures: Synsor Corp., Everett, Wash.
Fixtures: Terra Mai Reclaimed Wood, Mt. Shasta, Calif.
General Contracting: Beauchamp Construction Inc.,
Lighting/Fixtures: LumaStrada, Seattle
Retailer/Design: Starbucks Coffee Co., Seattle
Wall Treatment: Pioneer Millworks, Farmington, N. Y.