Fornarina Named Store of the Year

Retailer's Las Vegas store takes top honors in ISP/VM+SD design competition
Posted January 21, 2005

Fornarina, a relative newcomer to U.S. fashion retailing, was named the 2004 Store of the Year in the Institute of Store Planners/VM+SD International Store Design Competition. Winners in the 34th annual edition of the competition were unveiled at an awards dinner Monday night at the Puck Building in New York.

Architect Giorgio Borruso (Marina del Rey, Calif.), another relative newcomer to U.S. retail, designed the award-winning project, in Mandalay Place, intended to be a peaceful oasis in the Las Vegas bustle.

"We broke the mold in Las Vegas," says Borruso. "It's an aggressive, risk-taking place, and so we did things here Fornarina has never done before."

Judges responded to the store's wildly innovative use of shapes and materials, colors and textures.

For the first time in several years, U.S.-based projects dominated the judging, hosted this year by the Chicago chapter of ISP. Among the domestic category winners that vied for Store of the Year honors were the Borusso-designed Paul Frank store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.; Bloomingdale's new SoHo store in New York; Barneys New York's Chelsea Passage home accessories department in its Madison Avenue flagship store; the World of Disney renovation on Fifth Avenue in New York; the Reds Team Shop in Cincinnati; a new REI store in Portland, Ore.; a Bass Pro store in Bossier, La.; Bellanotte, a restaurant in Minneapolis; a Heavenly Ham Market Café in Gainesville, Fla.; Sheetz, a convenience store in Altoona, Pa.; and a new Lane Bryant concept at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Steve Kaufman, editor of VM+SD, and Russ Sway, international president of ISP, served as co-hosts for the awards dinner. The event was concurrent with the National Retail Federation Convention and Expo that's being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Coverage of the first-place winners in the competition will appear in the February issue of VM+SD.

The winners of the 2004 International Store Design Competition in the following categories are:

Store of the Year

Retailer: Fornarina, Mandalay Place, Las Vegas
Design Team: Giorgio Borruso, Marina del Rey, Calif.

New or Completely Renovated Full-Line Department Store
First Place
Retailer: Lotte Department Store, Daegu, Korea
Design Team: FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati
Award of Merit
Retailer: Almacenes Paris, Santiago, Chile
Design Team: RYA Design Consultancy, Dallas

New or Completely Renovated Specialty Department Store
First Place
Retailer: Bloomingdale’s, SoHo, New York
Design Team: Tucci, Segrete + Rosen, New York

New Shop-In-Shop Within an Existing Full-Line or Specialty Department Store
First Place
Retailer: Barneys New York Chelsea Passage, New York
Design Team: TPG Architecture, LLP, New York
Award of Merit
Retailer: Harrods Designer Studio, London
Design Team: TPG Architecture LLP, New York

Specialty Store, Sales Area Under 1500 Sq. Ft.
First Place
Retailer: The Paul Frank Store, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Design Team: Giorgio Borruso Design, Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Award of Merit
Retailer: BOSE @ Time Warner Building, New York
Design Team: Aedifica Inc., Montreal

Specialty Store, Sales Area 1500 to 3000 Sq. Ft.
First Place (tie), Store of the Year
Retailer: Fornarina, Mandalay Place, Las Vegas
Design Team: Giorgio Borruso, Marina del Rey, Calif.
First Place (tie)
Retailer: Milli, Toronto
Design Team: II BY IV Design Associates, Toronto

Specialty Store, Sales Area 3000 to 5000 Sq. Ft.
First Place
Retailer: Reds Team Shop, Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Design Team: Retail Design Collaborative, Cincinnati, and Jack Rouse Associates, Cincinnati
Award of Merit.
Retailer: Big Shark Bicycle Co., St. Louis
Design Team: Kiku Obata & Co., St. Louis
Award of Merit
Retailer: Mickey’s Star Traders, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Design Team: Walt Disney Imagineering/Global Retail Store Development, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Specialty Store, Sales Area 5000 to 10,000 Sq. Ft.
First Place
Retailer: Lane Bryant, Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio
Design Team: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio
Award of Merit
Retailer: Coach Store – Marunouchi, Tokyo
Design Team: Michael Neumann Architecture LLC, New York
Award of Merit
Retailer: Bailey Banks & Biddle, Houston
Design Team: RYA Design Consultancy, Dallas

Specialty Store, Sales Area 10,000 to 50,000 Sq. Ft.
First Place
Retailer: REI, Portland, Ore.
Design Team: Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners, Seattle
Award of Merit
Retailer: Borders, Louisville, Ky.
Design Team: GRID 2 Intl., New York
Award of Merit
Retailer: American Girl Place, New York
Design Team: Gensler, New York

Specialty Store, Sales Area Over 50,000 Sq. Ft.
First Place (tie)
Retailer: World of Disney, New York
Design Team: Walt Disney Imagineering/Global Retail Store Development, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
First Place (tie)
Retailer: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Bossier City, La.
Design Team: Bass Pro Shops Inc., Springfield, Mo.

Shopping Center Kiosk
First Place
Retailer: CTV Kiosk, Pearson International Airport, Toronto
Design Team: Fiorino Design Inc., Toronto
Award of Merit
Retailer: Cult Beauty Cosmetics Counter, David Jones Department Store, Sydney, Australia
Design Team: Geyer, Sydney, Australia

Specialty Food Court or Counter-Service Restaurant
First Place
Retailer: Heavenly Ham Market Café, Gainesville, Fla.
Design Team: Miller Zell, Atlanta
Award of Merit
Retailer: Pick Up Stix, Corona, Calif.
Design Team: Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio
Award of Merit
Retailer: Saratoga Springs, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Design Team: Walt Disney Imagineering/Global Retail Store Development, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Sit-Down Restaurant
First Place
Retailer: Bellanotte, Minneapolis
Design Team: Echeverria Design Group Inc., Coral Gables, Fla.
Award of Merit
Retailer: Mariposa Restaurant at Neiman Marcus, Newport Beach, Calif.
Design Team: Charles Sparks + Co., Westchester, Ill.

Specialty Food Shop
First Place
Retailer: TerraVida Coffee Concept, Shoreline, Wash.
Design Team: GGLO, Seattle

Supermarket
First Place
Retailer: Maxi Markt, Bruck, Austria
Design Team: JHP Design, London
Award of Merit
Retailer: Home Economist Market, Charlotte, N.C.
Design Team: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Charlotte, N.C.

Convenience Store
First Place
Retailer: Sheetz Convenience Restaurant, Altoona, Pa.
Design Team: Chute Gerdeman Inc., Columbus, Ohio

Entertainment Facility
First Place
Retailer: Pin-Up Bowl, St. Louis
Design Team: Kiku Obata & Co., St. Louis

Service Retailer
First Place
Retailer: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Pearson International Airport, Toronto
Design Team: II BY IV Design Associates Inc., Toronto
Award of Merit
First Place: Seven Seventeen Credit Union, Hubbard, Ohio
Design Team: TRIAD Architects, Columbus, Ohio

Manufacturer’s Showroom
First Place
Retailer: Nextel Central, Las Vegas
Design Team: Gensler of Nevada, Las Vegas
Award of Merit
Retailer: Michael Jordan Asia Tour, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo
Design Team: Twenty Four * Seven, Portland, Ore.
Award of Merit
Retailer: Walker Zanger Manhattan Showroom, New York
Design Team: Walker Zanger Facilities Design, New York

Auto Dealerships
First Place
Retailer: Nalley Lexus Galleria, Smyrna, Ga
. Design Team: Praxis3 P.C. Atlanta; R. Sway Associates, Roswell, Ga.; and Ken Walker, New York
Award of Merit
Retailer: Elmhurst Toyota, Elmhurst, Ill.
Design Team: Ideation Studio Inc., Chicago
Award of Merit
Retailer: JM Lexus, Margate, Fla.
Design Team: Pavlik Design Team, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Innovative Architecture
Retailer: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Toronto
Design Team: II BY IV Designs Associates, Toronto; Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Toronto

Innovative Exterior
Retailer: Apple Ginza Store, Tokyo
Design Team: Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, Calif.

Innovative Finishes/Uses
Retailer: Milli, Toronto
Design Team: II BY IV Design Associates Inc., Toronto

Innovative Fixturing
Retailer: BOSE @ Time Warner Building, New York
Design Team: Aedifica Inc., Montreal

Environmental Friendliness
Retailer: REI, Portland, Ore.
Design Team: Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners, Seattle

Innovative Merchandising
Retailer: Barneys New York Chelsea Passage, New York
Design Team: TPG Architecture LLP, New York

Innovative Signage/Graphics
Retailer: ShoeBUZZ, Millbury, Mass.
Design Team: Monastero & Associates, Cambridge, Mass.

Innovative Store
Retailer: A1 lounge concept store, Vienna
Design Team: EOOS, Vienna

Innovative Store Lighting
Retailer: Apple Mini Store, Palo Alto, Calif.
Design Team: Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, Calif.

Innovative Store Planning
Retailer: Harrods Designer Studio, London
Design Team: TPG Architecture LLP, New York

Innovative Visual Merchandising
Retailer: Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Auburn, N.Y.; Bossier City, La.; Hampton, Va.;
Oklahoma City, Okla.; Savannah, Ga.
Design Team: Bass Pro Shops Inc., Springfield, Mo.