Weekly design inspiration: Window displays

This week, our theme for creative inspiration has been ‘shop windows’ and, while we weren’t allowed an afternoon out of office to roam the streets of Nottingham to search for inspiration, we have managed to put together a list of our top five shop windows from the traditional to the technical. Sadly, Diagon Alley didn’t make it into our list, but we have got the Wizard of Oz, a leather fox and 40,000 spinning dots…

The Fox’s den

First up, we’ve selected this sweet window display from the Hermés store in Paseo de Graciá (Barcelona). The entirety of the display is crafted from paper (by hand), minus the exquisite and fantastic resident fox who has been made from leather. Hermés constructed the display to tell the story of a fox, who moved into the window with all his personal objects, showing a bit of his life and personality. Great origami skills, fantastic fox – when Hermés are done with the display we’ll gladly adopt him!

Shop window design inspiration - fox

Shop window design inspiration - fox

Design inspiration shop windows

The Fox’s den via zimandzou

Eliseyev Emporium

Heading over to Russia now and St Petersburg, we love the shop front of the Eliseyev Emporium, the highly impressive retail and entertainment complex built in the 19th century. There’s a delightfully charming (or slightly creepy – your choice) window display full of animatronic baking men to take in, as well as the architecture of the impressive building. Thanks to our designer, Liana, for taking the photograph below!

shop window design inspiration

Eliseyev Emporium via Youtube

The Wizard of Oz comes to Harrods

We’re casting our minds back a bit now to 2009 and the 70th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz, when department store giants Harrods constructed a massive tribute to the beloved Dorothy.  Standing at 4 metres tall, passers-by were treated to a huge version of the famous ruby-red slippers poking from the shop window.

Design inspiration shop window at harrods

Design inspiration shop window at Harrods

Wizard of Oz at Harrods via blogspot

Breakfast for TNT

A window display like no other, design agency Breakfast were commissioned to create an anagram-finding experience on the streets of New York. The result: 40,000 physical dots spinning from black to white reflecting back the image of anyone walking by. If we got one of these we’d finally be able to live out our dream of delivering marketing through interpretive dance…

Breakfast for TNT via breakfastny.com

Virtual subway supermarket

Always thought while you were waiting for the Tube; ‘I wish I was doing my food shop right now’? Well apparently, so did Tesco. In 2011, Tesco Home Plus opened a virtual grocery store in South Korean subway stations, installing giant billboards displaying images and prices of products with QR codes so users could order and pay on their phones while waiting for the train. Goods could then be delivered to the user’s home the same day. Neat idea!

Tesco virtual supermarket via designboom.com

Catch with last week’s ‘inspired by Paul’ themed design inspiration article here.

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