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Retail design community called upon to support retailers at the Red Awards 2017

Each year, the Retail Interiors Association celebrates excellence in retail design with its Red Awards. At the awards evening, those involved in retail interior design were asked to consider how they can provide better value for retailers who are under pressure in a hyper-competitive environment. rnrn

Each year, the Retail Interiors Association celebrates excellence in retail design with its Red Awards. At the awards evening, those involved in retail interior design were asked to consider how they can provide better value for retailers who are under pressure in a hyper-competitive environment.

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In her presentation speech at the Red Awards, judge Juanita Neville-Te Rito of Retail X encouraged architects, designers, shopfitters and retailers to do what they can to create an environment of “co-opetition” which supports industry members as much as it challenges them.

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Michael Eden, president of the Retail Interiors Association, expanded on the same theme of collaboration, saying retailers are under pressure like never before. The advent of Toys “R” Us filing for bankruptcy is a sign of massive change in the retail world, he says, as is the recent entry of multinationals like Zara and H&M and, soon, Uniqlo, to the New Zealand market.

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Eden called upon RIA members to help Kiwi retailers as they adjust to this environment: “If we don’t assist the retailers that are here… well, we’re not going to get any money out of Uniqlo and H&M.”

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He asked the Red Awards attendees to network, start conversations, and consider how they can provide better value for retailers who are under pressure.

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“This industry is so small that we must trust one another,” Eden says. “We collaborate together, we do what we can as a group.”

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The supreme winner of the Red Awards 2017, Birkenhead’s Junction Eatery, stood out to judges for its “beautifully-described and visualized concept”. It was designed by Material Creative and completed by shopfitter Alan Jones.

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The joinery and detailing also impressed the judging panel, who overall felt Junction Eatery’s interior was a stand-out design in every aspect:

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“It doesn’t try too hard to impress, it just does, and has its own confident language that is understated with accents of ‘Wow’ by using natural light, shape and flow.”

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Here’s the complete list of Red Awards winners.

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Group winners

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rnEntertainment + Service + Home

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Group winner: Aspect Furniture Showroom, Christchurch.

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Division: Appliances, electronics, telecommunications digital and furniture division;

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Designer: Warren and Mahoney Architects

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Shopfitter: Aspect Furniture

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Retailer: Aspect Furniture

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rnEntertainment + Service + Home 
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rnBank of New Zealand

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Division: Service (finance, travel, medical, real estate.)

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Designer: RCG

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Shopfitter: Cook Brothers

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Retailer: BNZ

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rnFashion + Health

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Group winner: ASC Salon

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Division: Health and beauty, hair, pharmacy, nails and spa division

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Designer: Material Creative

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Shopfitter: Peter Carter

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Retailer: ASC Salon
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Trelise Cooper Wellington

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Division: Apparel division

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Designer: Studio Gascoigne

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Shopfitter: Datum Projects

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Retailer: Trelise Cooper

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rnOre Jewellery – Westfields Albany
rnDivision: Accessories, eyewear, jewellery, hair and footwear division

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Designer: Designability

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Shopfitter: Miller Creative Group

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Retailer: Ore Jewellery

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Food + Drink

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rnGroup winner: Junction Eatery

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Division: Foodcourt, day cafes, gourmet food division

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Designer: Material Creative

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Shopfitter: Alan Jones

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Retailer: Chris Jones

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rnGood Union
rnDivision: Bars, nightclubs, restaurants division

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Designer: Material Creative

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Shopfitter: Hawkins

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Retailer: Good George

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rnPop-up + Events

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Group winner: The Co-operative Bank Sylvia Park kiosk

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Designer: RCG

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Shopfitter: Retail Dimension

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rnInternational
rnGroup winner: Rodd & Gunn, Fashion Island

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Designer: Pennant & Triumph

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Shopfitter: GDM Retail Systems

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rnExcellence awards

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Shopfront – Sponsored by Gartshore

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Winner: Life Pharmacy Albany

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Designer: Context Architects

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Shopfitter: Allen & Chapman

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Retailer: Life Pharmacy

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rnColour + Texture – Sponsored by Resene

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Winner: Good Union

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Designer: Material Creative

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Shopfitter: Hawkins

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Retailer: Good George

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rnFlooring – Sponsored by Inzide

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Winner: Giraffe

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Designer: Izzard Design

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Shopfitter: Dimension Shopfitters

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Retailer: Giraffe

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rnVisual merchandising + styling – Sponsored by GDM Retail Systems

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Winner: Rodd & Gunn Bar, Queenstown

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Designer: Pennant & Triumph

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Shopfitter: W Gartshore Ltd

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Retailer: Rodd & Gunn

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rnJoinery – Sponsored by Gartshore

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Winner: Giraffe

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Designer: Izzard Design

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Shopfitter: Dimension Shopfitters

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Retailer: Giraffe

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rnSignage – Sponsored by Rilee Signs

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Winner: Naumi Hotel, Bar and Bistro 

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Designer: Material Creative and Ellery Muir Associates

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Shopfitter: CBC Construction, Vkart and Gartshore

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Retailer: Hund Group

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rnSignage –  Judges’ recognition award

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Winner: Sushi Ninja, New Plymouth

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Designer: Studio Gascoigne

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Shopfitter: Custom Construction NZ Ltd

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Retailer: Sushi Ninja

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rnBrand experience –  Sponsored by Retail Interiors Association

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Winner: Rodd & Gunn Bar, Queenstown

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Designer: Pennant & Triumph

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Shopfitter: W Gartshore Ltd

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Retailer: Rodd & Gunn

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rnLighting – Sponsored by Retail Interiors Association

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Winner: ASC Salon

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Designer: Material Creative

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Shopfitter: Peter Carter

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Retailer: ASC Salon

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rnSustainability Recognition Award – Sponsored by Kiwi Property

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Winner: 2degrees, Queen St

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Designer: Retail Dimension

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Shopfitter: Retail Dimension

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Retailer: 2degrees

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rnSustainability Award – Sponsored by Kiwi Property

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Winner: Lush, Queen St

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Designer: E2

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Shopfitter: Dimension Shopfitters

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Retailer: Lush

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rnRed Star Emerging Talent Award – Sponsored by Retail Interiors Association

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Winner: Fernando Castellanos

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Company: GDM Retail Systems

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rnRed Star Emerging Talent Award – Sponsored by Retail Interiors Association

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Winner: Olivia MacFarlane

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Company: Material Creative

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rnJudges’ recognition

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Winner: Naumi Hotel, Bar and Bistro 

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Designer: Material Creative and Ellery Muir Associates

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Shopfitter: CBC Construction, Vkart and Gartshore

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Retailer: Hund Group

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