The Retail Design Institute, based in New York City, named iKOU, a specialty skincare retailer located in Sydney’s historic Queen Victoria Building, its 2018 Store of the Year.
Designed by Pinto Tuncer, and built by Construction By Design, iKOU is a holistic, ethically sourced, luxury skincare brand. Together Pinto Tuncer design team and the Construction By Design execution team sought to translate iKOU’s philosophy — “encouraging mindful and relaxing moments inspired by nature” – into a clinical-yet-inviting haven. Clearly zoned through planning and materiality, iKOU’s two distinct-but-intertwined zones define the customer experience.
“iKOU is the quintessential example of excellence in design at the intersection of the dominant trends in retail today”. ”The store perfectly reflects the wellness brand that it represents: using local materials and live plants balanced with crisp modernism, strategic, well-edited merchandising, technology that supports rather than dominates, and on-point lighting design echoing the natural, sustainable design
concept — all adding up to a space that surprises and delights.”
PIXALUX structural lighting panels have been used extensively in the design of the store. Our Melbourne based licensee PMA worked closely with Construction By Design to achieve this stunning result.