Theycame, theysaw, theyconnected. From scene-setting sights to the site to see and be seen, A.R.E.’s Retail Design Collective captivated
and inspired. Visual merchandisers and
designers from around the world gathered
in New York December 4 to 6 for the annual
showroom event and PAVE Gala.
Forty showrooms and sponsors—located
in permanent and temporary showrooms
throughout Manhattan and in the show
headquarters at 7 W 34th Street—showed
the latest and greatest visual merchandis-
ing products and services. In addition to
mannequins, props, and foliage, attend-
ees saw the most recent trends in fixtures,
materials, signage, packaging, lighting,
technology, and retail analytics. The show’s
new Parade of Showrooms shuttle made it
easy to visit them all while taking in the
city’s holiday windows.
The conference room at 7W was packed
each day for sessions featuring visual inspiration from New York and around the globe,
while showroom parties provided plenty of
informal networking opportunities. Nearly
800 industry notables—the most ever—
NYC showrooms provided inspiration and new
attended the PAVE Gala, the annual fund-
raiser for the educational foundation. The
evening’s festivities honored student and
emerging designers as well as New York
City design and visual merchandising.
From showroom displays to confer-
ence sessions to casual conversations, the
Collective revealed a number of themes.
(See our show review online and in the digital
edition of this issue for showroom and new
Mark your calendars now for next
year’s Retail Design Collective, December
3 to 5, in its new home at the Metropolitan
Pavilion in N YC.
Collective in Review
direction for visual presentation and retail design
By Jo Rossman
Retail Design Collective, held December 4 to 6 in New York, featured forty showrooms and sponsors located in permanent and temporary
showrooms throughout the city.
See the best of the showrooms and participants, their featured products, and more
online at www.retailenvironments.org
and in the digital edition of this issue at