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The April issue of Interior Design's fashion and retail focus had us asking what related projects some of our top 100 Giants were working on. We went straight to the ten Giants with the highest retail numbers in 2005 to find out. Those firms were Gensler, Callison, Pavlik Design Team, Design Forum, FRCH Design Worldwide, Cubellis Associates, Tricarico Architecture and Design, McCall Design Group, JGA, and RYA Design Consultancy.
|Firm:||Recently Completed Projects:||Current Projects:|
|Gensler||Pacsun, Riverside, CaliforniaCurrently working on:
Apple store, Rome
General Motors, Cairo
Barneys New York, Dallas
Harvey Nichols, DubaiCurrently working on:
Seibu Yurakucho, Tokyo
|Pavlik Design Team (ranked 15)||El Palacio de Hierro, Monterey, Mexico
Lotte Avenue L, Seoul, Korea
Lexus, MiamiDesign Forum(ranked 19)
Yankee Candle, Williamsburg, Virginia
Donatos, Columbus, Ohio
Alltel, Lancaster, South Carolina
|FRCH Design Worldwide||Lenscrafters, Louisville, Kentucky
Officemax, Macedonia, Ohio
|Cubellis Associates (ranked 42)||Newton Farms, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Fiamma Grill, Plymouth, Michigan
Wyland Gallery, Polynesian Resort, Orlando
|Champions Club, Detroit
Piggly Wiggly, Sunset Beach, South Carolina
|Tricarico Architecture and Design||Garmany, Red Bank, New Jersey||N/A|
|McCall Design Group (ranked 68)||Williams-Sonoma Home, Los Angeles||
Harry & David, Location TBD
|JGA (ranked 90)||
Spencer's, Whitehall, Pennsylvania
|The North Face, New York|
|RYA Design Consultancy (ranked 100)||
Bailey Banks & Biddle, Houston
|Neiman Marcus, San Francisco
Bloomingdale's, San Francisco
Parkson, Kuala Lumpur
Here are some additional facts and figures about these retail Giants:
Seven of the firms state that because of the changing economy of the past few years, their interior design practice is more streamlined—meaning a larger volume of projects, but fewer staff and smaller budgets than before.
Eight of them say that they're working on more international projects than they were three years ago.Eight also say that sustainability is becoming a more important component of their design decisions.Nine say that their design staffs use the internet more often than before to research, source, and select products.Among these ten, the percentage of their retail projects ranges from 17 percent to 100 percent of their total projects. For 2006, they estimate that they will earn a total of $158 million in fees from retail projects alone.