On arriving into Singapore last Friday, Chinese New Year was in full array. With many retailers rising to the challenge of installing new window schemes there were also many creative installations on the streets and in the Shopping Malls to celebrate The year of the Dog. Here is a selection of photographs to give you an insight to this great celebration.
Experience the trade fair that brings the future into the present.
Ambiente sets the pace for the world of consumer goods. The unique diversity in the Dining, Interiors, Homewares through to Christmas. Ambiente offers a comprehensive overview and shows the innovative capacities of this pulsating sector. Here is a selection of photographs that give you an insight into this great trade fair.
Portmeirion are showcasing stunning new collections and new additions at The Spring Fair at the NEC. All rooted in modern dining habits and trends, as it honours what would have been the 100th Birthday of its founder, Susan Williams-Ellis.
The ranges being showcases include: Wrendale, Sophie Conran, Sara Miller, Westerly, Botanic Garden, Spode, Italian Blue and Pimpernel to name a few. The whole exhibition stand has been stunningly created with clever use of over-sized paint pots, a fashion mannequin and many other quirky twists that will attract your eye to the superb dressing/product styling.
While on a recent visit to Somerset, I came across this great independent retailer. The Langport Stores offers the most interesting and varied foods and products that you might struggle to find elsewhere. They specialise in Health Foods, Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Specialist Foods as well as Body & Beauty products. It is a lovely vintage shop with the fixtures dating back to the 1890’s when the shop first opened by H.C.Norton. The current owners have adapted the shop to the modern needs of customers and by using local suppliers this in turns supports the local economy. Sadly we hear so much about ‘death of the High Street’ with retailers closing but this is certainly not the case for The Langport Stores. With so much competition between the various supermarkets, it is refreshing to find a successful independent retailer. Its well worth a visit to Langport.
Lumber London has been taking place over the past few nights in central London and Canary Wharf. It showcases the capital’s spectacular and icon architecture and streets with more than 50 works created through the vision of leading UK and international artists.
Anything from giant domes to oversized animals to an aquarium in a London telephone box to the front of Westminster Abbey being colour lit, which was truly spectacular. There has been a lot to see over 4 nights so here are a few highlights.
The Creative Team at Selfridges has launched another set of amazing windows to kick start 2018.
Radical Luxury is a campaign in which they explore the objects and ideas that redefine luxury. They have brought together some of the most radical designers to inspire and captivate both home and fashion.
These stunning windows are a must see when you are in Oxford Street. Beautifully designed and superbly executed.
Twenty years after openings its first boutique on London’s iconic Regent Street, L’Occitane launches its first UK Flagship store. A superb and beautifully designed store covering 6,450 sqf at 74 Regent Street is the largest L’Occitane store in the World. With the eye catching hot air balloon on the ground floor reaching to the first floor and the excellent visual merchandising standards, this store has been stunningly executed. From its bespoke and luxurious gift wrapping & personalisation service to the Hand Massage Bar to coffee and cake and of course the delicious Pierre Herme Macarons in The L’Occitane Lounge. This is truly a multi-sensory journey for customers and a shopping experience that customers will not forget.
Is your New Year resolution to push your Visual Merchandising Career? Then join The British Display Society.
Established in 1947 the British Display Society was created to encourage and promote the highest standards of Visual Merchandising, Design & Display. This embraced many different applications – Retail Windows, Point-of-Sale Display, Exhibition & Museum work. Across the years the Society has constantly maintained its professional standing and adapted to changing times within both education and the retail world it seeks to service and enhance.
Former BDS students work throughout the U.K. and indeed throughout the world are now VM Managers, College Lecturers and Consultants, and in my case I am Head of Visual Merchandising.
Members are backed by the Society’s ‘Pathway to Professional Recognition’ through which affixes are awarded to members whose work and achievements. I am proud to say that I am a Fellow Of The British Display Society and have the affix “FBDS” after my name, as well as being a Director of The British Display Society.
Here’s a selection of photographs. These include the BDS team, to archive photos, to our students work through to current work.
So take a look at our website (www.britishdisplaysociety.co.uk) and see learn more about our courses and membership.
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The Bluewater Shopping Mall in Kent is celebrating Christmas with a superb Christmas installation of The Twelve Days of Christmas. As you walk around the mall, large displays hang from the ceiling depicting each day. Beautifully designed and executed, they certainly make a statement. Even the topiary bushes are adorned with decorations and the words.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is an English Christmas carol although thought to be of French origin. It is a cumulative song, each verse building on top of the previous verse, enumerating a series of increasingly grand gifts given to each of the twelve days of Christmas: A Partridge in a pear tree, 2 Turtle Doves, 3 French Hens, 4 Calling Birds, 5 Gold Rings, 6 Geese a Laying, 7 Swans a Swimming, 8 Maids are Milking, 9 Ladies Dancing, 10 Lords are Leaping, 11 Pipers Piping, 12 Drummers Drumming.
Thank you for reading my blog over the last few months, and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
To bring the end of the year to a close, here is a selection of photographs from the various retail stores in Dubai.
These have been sent to me from my good friend (and ex-colleague at Harrods) Clair Stuart Menteth who runs a Sticky Red, a very successful Visual Merchandising business based in Dubai. (www.stickyreddisplay.com)