A premium brand born from the celebration of colder climates, Mackage (Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto) was named Store in the Year in the Retail Design Institute’s 46th annual International Store Design Competition. The awards were presented during a gala celebration on Wednesday, May 24, in New York City.

Designed by Toronto-based Burdifilek, Mackage was honored for overall concept and also innovation in lighting design. The collaboration between the Burdifilek design team and Mackage drew inspiration from the urban sensibility of a modern ski chalet, with the environment offering a calm respite from the traditional harried shopping experience. The 2,600-sq.-ft. space reflects the sexy, modern edge of the Mackage brand — a brand that, after gaining a cult following for its outerwear, has evolved into a premium lifestyle brand.

Subtle sculptural references to snow, ice and nature are expressed in noble materials that resemble a warm cocoon from the elements. From the backlit image of the Rocky Mountains to the iceberg-shaped service counter, the environment brings forth notions of nature, winter and the landscape.

In all, the Institute’s annual international store design competition honored 42 projects representing the work of 32 firms (10 international and 22 North American design consultants). In addition, special Innovation Awards were given in 11 categories, from artistic expression to technology integration.

All winners are listed below:

August 8, Brampton, Ontario

Design: dialogue 38, Toronto

B&B Italia, New York City

Design: Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors, Milan

Bergdorf Goodman, New York City (Innovation Awards for fixtures, finishes and visual merchandising)

Design: MNA, New York City, and Bergdorf Goodman