Australian Interior Design Awards 2022: Retail Design

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Jury’s comment

Finesse Shoe Store displays a smart and inventive approach to retail and an integrated approach to sustainability that has made it stand out from other entries. Its fully removable pre-engineered components can be disassembled with minimal intervention to the existing building fabric and reassembled elsewhere, highlighting the possibility for the life of a retail offering to exist beyond its original imprint.

The project’s core sustainability agenda is clearly demonstrated throughout, and the designers’ strong consideration of the environmental impact of their design is well-resolved. The members of the jury praised this truly sustainable result and also applauded the exemplary detailing and sense of craftsmanship of the project. It has an understated, minimalist approach to materiality but doesn’t lack personality and, walking a fine line between installation and retail design, presents an incredibly interesting proposition. The judges agreed that it is a simple, beautifully executed project that also manages to convey a sense of “urbanity” relevant to the nature of selling sneakers.

Design statement

Located on a brick corner terrace in the center of Collingwood, the new Finesse sneaker store is designed to provide an intimate setting for rare and limited edition shoes.
The existing walls and ceiling are washed in neutral blush tones with a series of vertical steel props (scaffolding) providing support for display shelves and clothes rails. Each shelf is made from a single sheet of aluminum bent and bolted in place to the scaffold brackets. This allows the display and interior space to be fully adjustable, negating any fixings made to the existing space and being easily removable at the end of the rental.
The main display is angled to meet the existing window to the street, inviting passers-by to stop and gaze – its angular shape creating space for the cloakroom within the tiny volume.

Built on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation

design practice — Studio Edwards

group project —Ben Edwards, Nancy Beka

The Workplace Design award supported by Laminex. The Australian Interior Design Awards are presented by the Design Institute of Australia and Artichoke magazine. For more images of this project, see the Australian Interior Design Awards gallery.

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