In autumn 2014, Assouline celebrated its twentieth anniversary with the opening of its first international flagship: Maison Assouline. The building, situated at 196A Piccadilly, London, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922, became one of the most iconic locations in the British capital. In this incredible setting, Maison Assouline has chosen to open the doors, for the first time, to its complete world of culture and lifestyle.
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Argos have recently launched their new “Argos Digital” format store on London’s Tottenham Court Road, With free in-store Wi-Fi and Fast Track collection, they have combined all the best parts of shopping online with the traditional counter service. The new store been designed by Dalziel and Pow to be quick, easy and most of all convenient for busy shoppers.
They have also tried their hands at window displays, they are simple but its a step in the right direction.
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We’ve brought our market-inspired dining concept to the Notcutts garden centre in Wheatcroft, Nottingham. Taking the scheme a step further, having originally launched the concept in the Notcutt’s Pembury branch earlier this year, we sourced three reconditioned Citroen H vans to act as standalone food sellers. Each van is individually named, branded and themed, and centre on traditional British cuisine. Dishes are cooked from scratch in each unit, enhancing the ‘independents’ feel. The Citroens are joined by an array of market stalls that provide locally sourced produce.
Words and photos by Dalziel and Pow
Small Business Saturday 2014
They want all kinds of small businesses to get involved, so know that whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday is supporting you!
was a runaway success
48% of UK consumers were aware of the day
Over 1.5 million Facebook views and #SmallBizSatUK trending top 3 all day
40% of all Local Authorities supported the campaign
Over £460 millionwas spent in small businesses on the day
Anthropologie continue their expansion around the UK with the opening of their new store in Richmond Upon Thames on the outskirts of London.
here are a few snaps of the store.
Bergdorf Goodman in New York decided to base each window on a major art form, drawing equally from the fine arts, performing arts and applied arts. For its main windows, the retailer settled on literature, architecture, theatre, painting, music, dance, sculpture and film. Each window is designed independently from the others but the entire set of windows constitutes a sort of eight-lesson course in art appreciation. Windows photographed by Ricky Zehavi.
Words and photos by Retail Focus Magazine www.retail-focus.co.uk
They don’t call it BAZ DAZZLED for nothing. At last week’s unveiling of the holiday windows, Madison Avenue transformed into an otherworldly sensory experience, a stunning wonderland of woodland creatures, ice dancers, naughty elves, larger-than-life sets, and beats from our melodic obsession of the moment, Pentatonix. For the wizards behind the curtain—that would be Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, and Barneys’ own Dennis Freedman—the motivation was always to delight, inspire, and surprise. “You want people to see things in a way they’ve never seen them before,” said Freedman. Mission accomplished.
Until the new year, the fantastical displays will feature both live performances and mechanical masterworks, in the form of hypnotizing spiral snowflakes by artist Anthony Howe and Chris Cole’s larger-than-life gilded owl flapping its wings. While the above video about the making of the windows and montages below certainly give a snapshot into the groundbreaking vision and the intricacies of the scenes’ creation, making a trip to 61st and Madison to see them for yourself is a necessity this holiday season. A detailed schedule of performances to plan your visit follows. Prepare to be…well…dazzled.
A magical corner of Central Park is the mythical setting for the first window, which depicts a forest of 9-foot chromed mushrooms in a rainbow of colors. Elphresh the elf contorts and dances in and around his 14-foot-wide gold and bejeweled boom box, in pursuit of his impossible love, Elfemeral.
The Spirits of the Snow star in this window, realized by Washington-based artist Anthony Howe and voiced by Pentatonix. These handmade kinetic sculptures, previously only seen as outdoor wind machines, come to life within the window—the first time Howe’s work has been shown in an interior space. The movement of these spirited characters is entirely generated by wind machines, which sets them into mesmerizing motion.
Artist and sculptor Chris Cole has created an 8-foot-tall, 6-foot-wide steampunk talking owl which gravely speaks his words of wisdom, scored to Pentatonix’s version of Madonna’s “Holiday.”
Celestina the ice princess, imprisoned for eternity in her ice cave in our mythical tale, skates forlornly in the last window while dreaming of freedom.
Words and photos by Barneys new York
The Burberry festive film is inspired by the golden age of cinematic musicals. It tells the tale of a young couple falling in love, against a theatrical backdrop of London.
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Music: ‘The Way That I Live’ by Ed Harcourt