Unique Store Fixtures takes gold for KitKat store design
June 3, 2020 | 10:50 am CDT
Unique Store Fixtures teamed up with model ctzn on the award-winning KitKat store design. (Photos by Michael Rogers/Dolce Media Group)

TORONTO – Unique Store Fixtures is savoring the sweet taste of victory for its work on KitKat Chocolatory’s first permanent North American retail store.

The custom millwork shop was awarded gold for the global A’ Design Award in the 2019-2020 Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

Unique Store Fixtures, which employs approximately 100 people, fabricated all interior elements of the project including custom stonework, metal fabrication, glass and wood. One of the signature components of the award-winning retail space is the architectural millwork adorning the entry to the store located in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

The interior of the KitKat Chocolatory, which opened in November 2019, was designed by Toronto-based model/ctzn.

“Unique Store Fixtures was extremely capable of converting our intricate, highly co-ordinated design into a functional built form in a very limited time frame,” said Justin Vinet, senior environmental designer with model/ctzn. “They gave us faith in every step of the process.”

“Model ctzn was the design firm on this project and we enjoyed executing their creative design and bringing it to life through the fabrication of our custom millwork. This is an absolute honour to be recognized for our work and awarded this prestigious global design award,” said Ferro Corrente, COO of Unique Store Fixtures. “We share this award with our entire team, including our incredible team of craftspeople, who worked tirelessly in creating this space within tight timelines.”

The KitKat Chocolatory in Toronto is intended to be the Canadian flagship store for the world-famous KitKat chocolate bar.

The A’ Design Award & Competition is organized by the International Design Academy to honor outstanding designers, artists, architects, and brands from across the globe. The judging panel consists of journalists, designers, academics and entrepreneurs.

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