Posts tagged ‘Display Design’
Embrace mannequins in your display design:
p.s. : 101’th post! Woo!
One of my dream jobs (that I will land in the near future..) is doing display design for Anthropologie. I think that store (umm, I should say religion…) is miles ahead in that regard. They’ve had the most inventive, brand-relevant display designs for years. It strengthens the styling of their products within the store tenfold, in my opinion. You feel cool and individual and arty and interesting and cute just entering that place. Its like I half expect Michelle Williams or somebody to walk past me on my way out.
I’ve featured Anthropologie’s display design on the blog before, but I have researched so many of their displays (and they are so fabulous) that I feel that they warrant individual posts. For the same reason why I love The Office or Flash Mobs, the display designers at Anthropologie make the everyday, ubiquitous, boring and annoying items fascinating and romantic. The really quiet, unassuming items. Paper and cups and cardboard and 2×4’s and forks and cupcake liners. I also love that they don’t ‘repurpose’ these materials because they’re making a statement about the environment. Nope, they do it because they’re available or cheap or just the shape they wanted. To me, its like the designers are inspired by the crappy garbage items they choose to use. I freaking love that. That is catnip for me.
Here are some winter-related (even though its June) pictures for you:
Although not as risky as I’d like to go with such a great theme, I really enjoyed this window and store display done for Nicholas Kirkwood SS12′ by Robert Storey. He used such simple, basic geometry, and yet I feel as though he made the shapes side-by-side look so complex, neat and well thought-out. I also love the mismatching of colors between the stands, the plateaus and frames, beside the mismatching of colors of the heel and sole of the shoe, and those on the body of the shoe. Hat tip to CreativeBloq blog for an awesome post.
Another thing I liked about this piece, other than the fact that its super fun and current, is that it kinda has something 80’s-revival about it, without being so obvious. The whole pedestal thing for the shoes obviously has to be there in order to adequately display the product (fabulous shoes), but for anyone who has ever studied art, that pedestal implies pedestals used in traditional Greek and Roman art. For me, seeing those platforms done with that funky colored lucite is just such an unexpected 80’s throwback reference, that I’m not sure is actually intended… But I love it.
Also, this display is totally reminiscent of Ring-Pops.
I’ve recently noticed that there are so few websites online that feature display and exhibition design, so I’m going to make it my job to show you guys some beautiful work in these fields as much as I can.
One fabulous example is Uniqlo‘s recently showroom, styled by Nicola Formichetti, the stylist who also worked on the company’s lookbook. I love the creativity and the importance she put into details of the styling in the showroom. She took a component (mannequin heads) that most people ignore (either that, or do the quirky, color-wig thing), and not only used it to style the collection, but helped bring interest or life to the displays, as a human wearing the clothes hopefully would.
See how she uses different the materials, fabric, form, shape to create related, relevant (life-style-wise), but still unexpected headpieces? To read more about them, check out the article SuzieBubble wrote! I also borrowed all of my pictures from her fabulous blog.
IMAGES: all viaSuzieBubble.
Great installations by artist Kaarina Kaiakkonen.
This is one of my absolute favorite types of art – everyday materials reapplied just for the sake of being reconsidered (as color? as fabric?), rather than to even be environmentally conscious or to have a recycled-aesthetic. (Not that those aren’t good reasons for reapplying everyday materials, but I just love when its just for the sake of the piece only)
IMAGES: (top to bottom) here // here // here // here
“Using hundreds of second-hand shirts Finnish environmental artist Kaarina Kaiakkonencreates site-specific installations suspended above roadways or inside large warehouse spaces. Her most recent work Are We Still Going On? (top images), was conceived at Collezione Maramotti, a private collection of contemporary art in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and involves hundreds of children’s shirts hung in rows to resemble the interior hull of a giant ship. The shirts are organized by color on each side of the skeletal boat to represent a sort of symbolic dialogue about gender. You can learn more over on Art Texts Pics and see a brief video of the piece here. (via global art news)” (via Colossal and Hattip to Chris at his amazing blog!)