Vintage and Natural
By Karen Schaffner
IF VIn TAgE IS In youR VISuAL Fu TuRE, you
will not be going there alone, judging by
the showroom offerings at December’s Retail
Design Collective. genuine and evocative
40s- and 50s-era mannequins could be
found in many of the showrooms, along
with wonderful old trunks, random decor
elements, salvaged materials, and posters.
We saw genuine period mannequins in the
ADCo showroom and wonderful old distressed
forms at Siegel & Stockman/Superior Model
Form. goldsmith also created a grouping that
celebrated the 50s and 60s.
The gargoyles showroom was all about
vintage, with the most wonderful, eclectic
finds that any vintage seeker could hope for.
Holiday Foliage also had some vintage-looking
trunks and industrial-looking tables. At
Christine Taylor Collection, bust forms in
lace had a Victorian feel.
Bernstein Display’s showroom paid homage
to its long history in the garment district, with
beautifully designed vignettes highlighting
every aspect of their history, from design
From the Source joined the Collective
for the first time this year, adding their
imaginative urban organic handmade and
custom furnishings and decor elements to the
mix. They offered a combination of vintage
and natural, with striking architectural salvage
finds and natural wood slabs in everything
from mango to tamarind and teak.
other first-time showrooms that provided
visitors with new inspiration were CnL Mannequins, Silvestri California, oz Mannequins, The
Royal Promotion group, Mg Concepts, and
Cubic, a new fixture resource that made its
u.S. debut at the market.
Lifestyle/Trimco’s new grafix mannequin
line brought Avatar’s mysterious forest to
mind, with leaf and wood graphic patterns.
Rootstein Mannequin drew a crowd with
its new Temptation collection — a mixed
group of eight of fashion’s newest young
models. At RHo, a new group of powerful
athletic mannequins stole the show.
A highlight of JPMA’s showroom (shared
with RHo) were the tables framed with a
beautiful new blackened brass metalwork.
Architectural Systems offered its usual
breathtaking array of new materials. our favorite
was the wood and resign panels from Lamellux,
with translucent or opaque resins fused with
exotic and domestic wood species. Backlighting
produces dramatic luminescent effects.
This is by no means a complete look at
the show... there were new and intriguing
offerings in every showroom. I urge all the
showrooms to join this conversation and share
information regarding your new products. And
take a look at A.R.E.’s photo gallery from the
show, with more photos coming soon:
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number of different retail design firms in
nyC last week about the outlook for
2011. Their overall mood was as upbeat
as I have heard from retail design firm in
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By Susan Kimelman
“nothing beats nyC in December.
And while I was drinking in the sights,
sounds, and smells of the city I was lucky
enough to experience my first Retail
Design Collective and visit some of the
best store fixture and visual merchan-
dising showrooms the industry has to
offer. To my delight, not only did they
offer great new trends, looks, ideas, and
inspiration for 2011, but let me tell you,
these guys know how to throw a party!”
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