PAVE’s student-designed booth (see Retail Environments, March 2015,
page 59 for full details) attracted much attention from attendees. But the
project’s success is best summed up by Zaiba Mian, professor of interior
design at Humber College, Toronto: “The PAVE Retail Sense+-ory Design
Project was an incredible experience for our students who attended
GlobalShop. They were able to exhibit their professional-caliber work
in a professional setting. The students had the opportunity to network
with other design students and many designers at the show, who
provided valuable positive feedback. This gives our students great
confidence in their abilities as designers, and they were able to make
important contacts for the future.”
Visitors enjoyed giving PAVE’s prize wheel a good spin while con-
tributing to the industry educational foundation. The fun activity
brought in $4,000 for PAVE.
Hmm, how to spend the first evening: networking, boosting creativity, or
celebrating? Some 500 people decided on all three! At the reception for
A. R. E.’s Design Awards, attendees mingled while soaking up the inspiration
from winning projects before the recognition ceremony. The evening honored
projects around the world with 68 awards and culminated in the announcement of the Store of the Year winner, Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay.
A.R. E.’s new in-booth Coffee Talks gave show goers a chance to
slow down and contemplate some of the industry’s biggest issues.
Participants chatted about everything from the most popular woods
for stores today to retailer efforts to create a sense of urgency.