Events

Searching for Retail’s Best and Brightest

40under40_logoWhen you think of the future leaders of the retail design community, who comes to mind? design:retail is calling for nominations for its first-ever 40 Under 40, recognizing the top young professionals in the retail design community. So, if you know of a peer or colleague under the age of 40 who’s bringing their retail A game, its time to brag on them a little bit and tell us why they should make the cut!

The following criteria should be used as a guide for nominating a candidate:

•    Are shining stars in their company and in the industry
•    Have completed innovative and remarkable projects
•    Contribute greatly to education or associations supporting the retail design community

Selected nominees will be featured in the April/May 2015 issue of design:retail. Continue reading →

Eyes on the Prize

Time is winding down at the West Coast edition of design:retail‘s Student Window Challenge at Saks in Los Angeles! With less than two hours left to go, the FIDM students’ visions are starting to come to life—check out some photos of today’s action below. They are working hard to get their window designs completed—we can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Judging takes place tonight at 5 p.m., so make sure to visit Saks Fifth Avenue’s Beverly Hills store and see the finished product! The winning team will be announced at the After Party and Awards Ceremony at D-Bar at The Fifth Avenue Man immediately following. Continue reading →

Sustainable Art

thelivinghyfi02_v2bEach summer, the MoMA PS1 outdoor exhibition space in Long Island City, N.Y.,  displays a unique work from an up-and-coming architect who is ready to break onto the scene. This year’s creation is “Hy-Fi,” three spiraling towers that use special materials to emit as little energy, waste and carbon emissions as possible.

The “bio installation” was the brainchild of David Benjamin, principal of New York-based firm The Living, which also won the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 15th annual Young Architects Program.

Hy-Fi lords over the courtyard and is an architectural marvel. Made from corn stalks and living root structures, compostable Ecovative bricks comprise the bulk of the towers. Continue reading →

The Man on the Street

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The Azeeza store window in Chicago.

As a visual merchandiser and window display artist, July in Chicago has become one of my most favorite times of year. This is when Project Windows, a visual design competition celebrating the art of window display in downtown Chicago, comes to life. From luxury retailers, like Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Marc Jacobs, to big-box brands (think AT&T’s Michigan Avenue Flagship and Macy’s State Street) to the beloved independent and local retailers scattered in between, this contest celebrates all types of window displays and the unique programs each individual store maintains.

In our fourth year of Project Windows, the Art Institute of Chicago approached us looking for a way to get their message to “the man on the street.” For a world-renowned cultural institution such as the Art Institute of Chicago, we were really struck by the idea of “hearing, seeing and doing,” which is a large part of the fabric that makes up tourism marketing for a museum like this. Continue reading →

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

The design:retail Student Window Challenge, presented in cooperation with Saks Fifth Avenue, is officially underway! Today in New York, design students from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and LIM College are putting their visual prowess and creative talents to use in Saks Fifth Avenue’s 49th Street windows. The competition kicked off bright and early this morning and the students have been hard at work ever since! Check out the images below for a look at their progress so far. You can also follow design:retail on Twitter @designretailmag for live tweets and photos throughout the day (#studentwindowchallenge)! If you’re in New York, be sure to stop by before the competition wraps up at 5 p.m.! Continue reading →