A.R.E Awards – Service Retailer – Grand Prize
Donato Salon + Spa Shops at Don Mills, Toronto
Striving to create a luxurious, modern space with a touch of majesty, designers created a boutique experience in Donato’s flagship location. The salon’s reception area features a marble reception desk and shaded chandeliers reflecting from a backdrop mirror set in black matte wall detailed with moulding. Merchandise is displayed in lacquered wood armoires, and black and ivory is used heavily throughout the salon with white lacquered free-standing fixtures, a black porcelain floor, black ceiling with white glass chandeliers, oversized black-and-white photography and graphics, and a black spa corridor with white light troughs that create a tunnel effect. Graphic artwork was custom designed on 10-by-6-foot installation panels in the hair wash station and the Colour Bar, images inspired by smoke and hair waving under water in a current.
The Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) is a Hollywood, Fla.-based non-profit trade association representing the retail environments industry. Our 600 member companies include store fixture suppliers, retail design firms, suppliers of visual merchandising products, and suppliers of materials and equipment for the retail environments industry. Member capabilities include importing, exporting, consolidating, installing, project management, engineering, design, and more. A.R.E. Mission: Advance the industry and the success of our member companies.
Las Vegas (March 29, 2011)—The 57 awards presented by the Association for Retail Environments at a ceremony in the Venetian honor the creators of retail theater worldwide.