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 →

Pet Pop-Up

_FFS8473Once a novel idea for humans, pop-ups are no longer solely relegated to the two-legged domain. Phoenix-based PetSmart Inc. recently partnered with the City of Detroit and the non-profit community organization Detroit Dog Park to install a portable, pop-up dog park in a vacant city lot. PetSmart P.U.P.’s Detroit Dog Park is the city’s first official dog park, providing more than 10,000 sq. ft. of space for pets and their owners to play.

PetSmart’s P.U.P. is a shipping container that is equipped with everything needed to create a temporary dog park, including 340 ft. of fencing, three moveable benches, three Oops Clean-Up Stations, a storage closet, and interior lighting powered by solar panels atop the container. 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 →

Student Window Challenge NYC 2014!

SWC_Logo_Header_624x209Diva could not be more excited for the design:retail Student Window Challenge, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue! This year’s students once again hail from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and LIM College, and Diva is truly looking forward to seeing how they push their creativity to the limits. If you’re in New York and you want to see the retail design industry’s up-and-coming talent, stop by Saks’ 49th Street windows on Thursday, June 5—the students will be working in the windows all day on their designs (till 5 p.m.).

If you’re in the mood for some mingling after work, stop by the After Party and Awards Ceremony, hosted inside Saks from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., where you can connect with your retail design industry friends and meet the rising stars/students. Continue reading →

Art for All

140420_City pyramid_NoaHaim_07Back in April, the municipality of Haifa, Israel, partnered with Haifa City Museum to sponsor a one-day installation by Dutch designer and architect Noa Haim. “Every City Needs a HEART-Board Pyramid” features Haim’s signature foldable cardboard triangles that come together to create a hand-made pyramid in front of the museum.

Museum-goers had the opportunity to fold, unfold, construct and deconstruct the triangles into many different configurations. Children of all ages engaged with the art to make forts, balls and other structures to play creatively.

Notwithstanding the impermanence of the exhibit itself, Rotterdam-based Haim seems to delight in people destroying her idea of what her art should be and making it their own. Continue reading →