2 VARIETY steps in where versatility
leaves off. If you didn’t find everything you
wanted in one system, you could certainly find
any aesthetic among the multitude of options.
And many vendors customize the products.
Some mannequins have put on weight, while
others have toned up. Highly posed lines are being
adapted for more casual looks, while new lines that
scream, “I’m hot!” are being introduced. Poses
include suspended positions and action freeze
frames like Mondo Mannequins’ snowboarder.
Aesthetics run from buttoned-down traditional
looks to glammed-up gals like Greneker’s blue
Vanities or edgy confident women like Rootstein’s
tattooed mannequin. DK Display showed ethnic
diversity in its mannequins.
Surfaces ran the gamut from cloth with loud
patterns to sleek understated metallic, along with
faux wood. Durability made a lasting impression
with two finishes. One by Universal Display &
Design allows for minor scratches to be sandpapered out. And the new MP Finish by Hans
Boodt, distributed by Manex, is scratch-resistant
and feels stretchable for a soft touch and rich look.
Flooring variety was evident in Bolon’s woven
vinyl flooring. Tiles can be combined in unique
ways, depending on choice of color, forms, and
weave direction. Wall and panel materials included
a vast number of choices, including a textural
birch bark panel from Materials Inc. A number
of materials, including Architectural Systems’
Eco-Porcelain, have sustainable traits.
CHRIS TINE TAYLOR MANEX UNIVERSAL DISPLAY & DESIGN
3 STYLIZED BODY PARTS were all the rage. Dealing with
mannequins’ feet is often a challenge, so suppliers have been producing lines
that don’t require footwear. This year, they’ve extended that thought into artistic
feet and hands that would be as at home in a museum as on a mannequin base.
Taking a cue from cartoons are splayed hands, spiky hair, and elongated (think
Plastic Man) hands on RHO mannequins. RHO also evoked nature with legs that
morph into birch-like stilts and feet shod in forms resembling vines and leaves.
Silvestri’s new removable shoe components can be replaced with painted
versions for budget-conscious retailers.