LKNU, by Russell & George. Image by Sean Fennessy

The beauty of shopping – The Retail Space shortlist

  •   27 July 2022

Retail rules and takes centre stage, when shopping is on the agenda. Walking into a beautiful designed store that provides an optimum setting to showcase products is always a thrill and the shortlist for The Retail Space category at the 2022 INDE.Awards, is filled with projects that simply sell themselves.

This year the projects are detailed in their simplicity and pared back aesthetics are the order of the day. Fine craftsmanship and precise spatial planning provide an experience for customers that is without equal.

While retail design is always varied, this year the projects are experiential showcases for both the products and the customer. Whether a gallery or a fashion boutique, a large shopping complex or an intimate bottle shop, the ingenuity of designers is at play and the results are stunning.

The interior palettes of many of the projects, while muted, are informed by the materiality of timber, stone, brick and glass with lighting that complements and highlights but is always appropriate to the design.

While dramatic and dark stores were stand outs last year, in 2022, retail projects are smooth, light and spacious. Each of the projects provide an interior that is welcoming with room to move, limited furnishings and clean displays.

Much has changed in retail design over the past few years and this year there is again a shift to more geometric forms, authentic materials and a spare aesthetic. Each project in the shortlist is, in a word, beautiful and representative of excellent design. In this shortlist not only is shopping designed to be fun, the places to visit, browse and buy are paragons of style themselves. Long live the retail experience.

In 2022, we welcome Platinum Partner Zenith on board as the category partner for the Retail Space. Zenith’s passion for innovative and industry-leading product design is closely aligned to this category, where the 2022 shortlist have displayed a penchant for boundary-pushing designs in the most amazing of spaces.

Join us in Melbourne for the gala party on 4 August when we will announce the winners of The Retail Space and all the categories of the 2022 INDE.Awards. It’s going to be quite a party!


The Retail Space

Proudly partnered by Zenith

1855 The Bottle Shop @ MBS, by LAANK. Image by Studio Periphery

1855 The Bottle Shop @ MBS

A Brick & Mortar Shop, by L Architects. Images by Jovian Lim, Finbarr Fallon

A Brick & Mortar Shop
L Architects

Calibre, by SJB. Image by Felix Forest


Chinatown Country Club, by AWA Studio. Image by RL Studio

Chinatown Country Club
AWA Studio

Commercial Bay – Te Toki i te Rangi, by Warren and Mahoney with Woods Bagot & NH Architecture. Image by Sam Gould

Commercial Bay – Te Toki i te Rangi
Warren and Mahoney with Woods Bagot & NH Architecture
New Zealand/Aotearoa

Faradays, by Cheshire Architects. Image by Sam Hartnett

Cheshire Architects
New Zealand/Aotearoa

Hafary Gallery, by Park + Associates. Image by Beixin & Robin

Hafary Gallery
Park + Associates

House of Bamboo Showroom Transformation, by House of Bamboo. Image by Dorsen Creative

House of Bamboo Showroom Transformation
House of Bamboo

LKNU, by Russell & George. Image by Sean Fennessy

Russell & George

Sarah & Sebastian, by George Livissianis. Image by Tom Ferguson

Sarah & Sebastian
George Livissianis

Superette, by DesignOffice. Image by Michelle Weir

New Zealand/Aotearoa

Viktoria & Woods Chadstone, by DESIGN BY GOLDEN. Image by Timothy Kaye

Viktoria & Woods Chadstone


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