Monday, December 23, 2013


Armani Exchange Christmas Windows

Armani’s Visual Team collaborated with Shop Studios sculptures and artists creating the Armani Exchange Christmas window display. Armani brought sketches and a design concept as a starting point and Shop Studios fabricated and installed the window display.
Eric Steding, Shop’s Designer and Jacques Rosas, Shop’s Artist, and co-founders of Shop Studio’s first inspiration was to guild with silver leaf to bring the forms together and move away from the glassy, bubbly look that the original sculpture had. Silver leaf is a delicate, time-consuming process that gives sculptures a unique, elegant, hand-made look and cannot be replicated by machine. This technique would bring the artistry aspect of the deer inspiration back into the design, giving it that original edge. The results sparkle on 5th and 51st street across from ST Patrick’s Cathedral and Rock Center.
Armani Exchange Window Display Designs, Sculptures and installation by Shop Studios - ShopStudios.com
Shop Studios boasts a full service art prop and set shop and Armani could instruct a major design change at the last minute, making sure that the 5th Avenue windows are at its best.
Armani Exchange Window Display Designs, Sculptures and installation by Shop Studios - ShopStudios.com
Armani Exchange Window Display Designs, Sculptures and installation by Shop Studios - ShopStudios.com
Armani Exchange Window Display Designs, Sculptures and installation by Shop Studios - ShopStudios.com
Armani Exchange Window Display Designs, Sculptures and installation by Shop Studios - ShopStudios.com

Anya Hindmarch Domino  Window Display

Anya Hindmarch Christmas window display is a celebration on the board game: Domino, which is also an inspiration for their AW13 Cascade Collection.
In the Christmas window there is a trail of colour-popping dominoes, bold graphics and a domino Christmas tree.

Ted Baker "Merry Kissmass" Holiday Window Display

To celebrate the launch of their Christmas campaign, Ted Baker has created a large scale digital Mistletoe installation situated on top of store entrances, exclusively at three stores globally, titled ‘Merry Kissmas’.
The three stores participating are New York 5th Avenue, London Westfield and Tokyo’s Omotesando. To sit alongside this exclusive window scheme designed and realised by Kin Design, Ted will also be hosting a digital and social media ‘Meet Me Under the Mistletoe’ campaign, where Ted Baker will call out to customers and members of the public around the world, passing by or visiting the select stores to take a photo under the mistletoe. Utilizing personal Twitter and Instagram profiles with the hash tag #KissTed they will then automatically be entered into a competition to win a romantic luxury holiday for two.
Ted Baker asked Tangible Interaction to create a custom social media visualizer for their campaign. It’s based on their Social Mosa (twitter and Instagram Wall) application created for the event industry. The Tangible Interaction team redesigned the visualizer to incorporate campaign branding and added windswept snowflakes. Also in the generative animation, falling snowballs provide a canvas for tweets and Instagrams. The “Merry Kissmas” visualizer displays on screens installed in the Ted Baker 5th Ave, NYC store windows until 22nd December. To take part, customers take ‘selfie’ photos kissing under the mistletoe installation. They tag them #kissted and post to Instagram or Twitter. Before any tagged photo is included in the visualizer, it’s quickly filtered for suitability byTed Baker US staff using Tangible’s social media content ‘Monitor’ tool on an iPad. The whole process from posting to visualizer takes only a few seconds. The result is a beautifully designed seasonal animation that not only grabs attention at street level but also generates positive buzz about Ted Baker online and encourages social media echo.
About Tangible Interaction’s Social Mosa
Social Mosa displays crowd-sourced tweets and Instagrams in a generative animation on venue screens. Think of it as a live conversation visualizer. Using their own smartphones, event guests tweet and send Instagrams with the hashtag created by you. Social Mosa continually searches for that content, then grabs and pulls it down into the Mosaic animation. Along the way, every tweet and Instagram is manually filtered using the company’s Monitor application. It’s a quick, simple process that guarantees negative comments or images won’t make it to screen.

Hilfiger Denim "Gold and Black" Holiday Windows

Hilfiger Denim used the colors gold and black for their holiday window displays, matching their blue mannequins. For the holiday window displays Hilfiger Denim used props like a golden ladder with lamps and golden balloons, while the mannequins are dressed in black.

Moncler Space Winter Window Displays

Space is the theme for Moncler winter window display of 2013, where the mannequins are sitting in furry egg chairs and floating through the galaxy.
best-window-displays_moncler_2013_winter_06Moncler Brown Charlotte Fox Fur And Shearling Cuff Suede Ankle Boots. Rustic suede wedge with a lace-up front, topped with a genuine Asiatic raccoon fur and shearling cuff.

ESCADA Angel Reindeer" Holiday Window

ESCADA went for a minimal, but beautiful and chic Christmas window display for their stores.
Each window has a large glittered reindeer with angel wings on the back.

Chanel "Black and White" Window Display

Chanel has a black & white window display for 2013, where the round shapes gives a futuristic, but also James Bond feeling.
best-window-displays_chanel_2013_winter_02The mannequin is wearing the Chanel tweed and sequin embroidered lambskin dress with buttons on the back.
Chanel Silver Flap Bag
best-window-displays_chanel_2013_winter_09The mannequin is wearing a Chanel metal chain necklace.

Louis Vuitton "The Goose Game" Display

Louis Vuitton turns old family board game “The Goose Game” into a new digital game for the holidays.
During the game you walk through the Louis Vuitton collection with fun animations of the goose. Also you have the possibility to share the products through social media and make a wishlist.
The concept of “The Goose Game” is designed throughout the Louis Vuitton Christmas window displays.
Instead of reindeer’s pulling the sleigh of SantaClaus, Louis Vuitton have Gooses to bring the presents.
best-window-displays_louis-vuitton_2013_christmas_04Louis Vuitton Neverfull Handbag

Mulberry Christmas Fairy Tales At Harrods Display

MULBERRY celebrating storytelling and the magic of Christmas at Harrods with a Christmas window display. The Christmas Fairy Tale windows are created by set designer Shona Heath, inspired by the beauty of winter woodlands and Mulberry’s roots in the English countryside.
“ Near the lake stands the magical Mulberry tree. It bears mystical golden acorns, and every animal that touches turns it to gold.”
best-window-displays_mulberry_2013_christmas_harrods_05Set designer Shona Heath


This diy comes from www.bhg.com . Something to add to your holiday table so your guests know where they are being seated on Christmas dinner night. Enjoy!

Santa Hat Place Cards for Christmas

Craft these Santa hats to help guests find their places at the Christmas table.
What You'll Need:
  • Tracing paper or a copier; pencil
  • Square of stiff red glitter felt
  • Scrap of white fluffy, furry fabric
  • Fabrics glue
  • Hand-sewing needle; red sewing thread
  • Straight pins; scissors
  • 20-mm gold jingle bell

  1. Trace the pattern using tracing paper or a copier. Place the pattern on the red glitter felt, and cut out one shape for each holder.
  2. Cut 1-1/2x8-inch piece of white fabric. Fold long edges under 1/4 inch, and glue the to the back side of the fabric to make a strip 1x8 inches.
  3. Glue white trim in place on the front lower curved edge of the red felt. Match straight edges of the red felt; form into a cone.
  4. Pin the straight edges together and stitch with a tight whipstitch using matching red thread.
  5. Sew a large jingle bell firmly to the top point, using matching red thread. Slide a place card through the top bell slit.

Tiny Snowman Place Cards for the Christmas Table

Make these mini snowmen as place cards on the Christmas table for family and friends.

What You'll Need:

    How to Make It:
    1. Trace or copy the patterns. From card stock, cut out the snowman shapes you want.
    2. From the same pattern, cut out shapes to emphasize three-dimensional pieces, such as the scarf and hat. Stick dimensional dots under the shapes, and layer them on top of the base shape.
    3. For each snowman, draw on features and add a guest's name. Place an extra ornament clip into the ornament top. Insert the snowman into the clip holder, and set the ornament on a curtain-ring base.


 I am going to start the ball rolling by telling you what people in various nations will be eating.  This will be a nice way for us to all get to know the nicer details of Christmas.

Eastern Europe
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   In the areas of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (e.g., Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania), an elaborate and ritualised meal of twelve meatless dishes is served on the Eve of Christmas (24th December). This is because the pre-Christmas season is a time of fasting, which is broken on Christmas Day. As is typical of Slavic cultures, great pains are taken to honour the spirits of deceased relatives, including setting a place and dishing out food for them.
   A traditional Christmas meal in the Czech Republic is fried carp and potato salad. This tradition started after excessive increase of fishpond cultivation in the Baroque era. Many households also prepare a great variety of special Christmas biscuits to offer to Christmas visitors. These preparations take place many days and weeks prior to the feast and take a long time to decorate with the remainder usually ending up on a Christmas tree as a decoration.


   On Christmas Eve (Noche Buena), the extended family join together for a succulent dinner around the turkey, stuffed with ground beef and peanuts and decorated with fresh slices of pineapple and cherries; roast potatoes and apple sauce. The desserts include marzipan and assorted bowls with raisins, almonds and the panettone, accompanied by a cup of thick hot chocolate. At midnight, a toast is made, and good wishes and hugs are exchanged. A designated person runs to put Child Jesus in the Nativity scene. Then, the family members take their seat in the dinning room while singing Christmas Carols.


Joulupöytä (translated “Christmas table”) is the name of the traditional food board served at Christmas in Finland, similar to the Swedish smörgåsbord. It contains many different dishes, most of them typical for the season. The main dish is usually a large Christmas ham, which is eaten with mustard or bread along with the other dishes. Fish is also served (often lutefisk and gravlax), and with the ham there are also laatikot, casseroles with liver and raisins, as well as potatoes, rice, and carrots. The traditional Christmas beverage is either alcoholic or non-alcoholic mulled wine (glögi in Finnish).

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   In English Canada, Christmas dinner is similar to that of its colonial ancestor, England, as well as to its neighbour the United States. Traditional Christmas dinner features turkey with stuffing (dressing), mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and plum pudding for dessert. Eggnog, a milk-based punch that is often infused with alcohol, is also very popular around the holiday season. Other Christmas items include butter tarts and shortbread, which are traditionally baked before the holidays and served to visiting friends, at various Christmas and New Year parties, as well as on Christmas day.
   Other ethnic communities may continue to use old world traditions as well. For example, a Ukrainian Canadian family may eat a traditional Christmas meal of 12 meatless dishes, or may simply add perogies to a westernized meal. In French Canada, traditions may be more like those of France.

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   In Denmark the traditional Christmas meal served on December 24th consists of either roasted pork, goose or duck. This is served along with potatoes, red cabbage and plenty of gravy. It is followed with a dessert of rice pudding, often with an almond hidden inside, the lucky finder of which is entitled to a present referred to as the almond gift. Traditional Christmas drinks are Gløgg (pictured above) and traditional Christmas beers, specially brewed for the season. These usually have a high alcohol percentage.


   Christmas dinner in The Netherlands is a bit different from customs in neighbouring countries. One typical Dutch tradition is that of ‘gourmet’. This is an evening long event where small groups of people sit together around a gourmet-set and use their own little frying pan to cook and season their own food in very small portions. The host has prepared finely chopped vegetables and different types of meats, fish and prawns/shrimps. Everything is accompanied by different salads, fruits and sauces. The origin of gourmet lies most likely in the former Dutch colony Indonesia.
   The Dutch also enjoy more traditional Christmas-dinners, like roast beef, duck, rabbit, pheasant or roasted or glazed ham. This generally served with different types of vegetables, potatoes and salads. In recent years, traditions from Anglo-Saxon countries have become increasingly popular, most notably the UK-style turkey. Pictured above is the Dutch version of Santa Claus.

Christmas Table

   In France and some other French-speaking countries, a réveillon is a long dinner, and possibly party, held on the evenings preceding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The name of this dinner is based on the word réveil (meaning “waking”), because participation involves staying awake until midnight and beyond. Common dishes include goose or duck liver (foie gras); oysters; smoked salmon; lobster; roasted duck, goose or turkey with chestnuts and stuffing; and, for dessert, a traditional christmas cake called “La Buche de Noel” (Christmas log), a cream cake that comes in different flavours (chocolate, hazelnut…) and which has the shape of a log. The beverage served is traditionally Champagne. In Provence, the tradition of the 13 desserts is followed: 13 desserts are served, almost invariably including: pompe à l’huile (a flavoured bread), dates, etc.

New Zealand
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   The Christmas customs of New Zealand are largely identical to the United Kingdom due to its status as a former British colony, the ethnic Caucasian population being almost exclusively British or Irish in descent, and the still pervasive British cultural influence on the country courtesy of constant movements of people between New Zealand and the UK. Christmas dinner consists of roast turkey, roast vegetables, stuffing (or dressing, as it is known in North America), cranberry sauce. Alternatively, roast ham may be offered as a main course and lamb is also very popular.
   One important exception from British dinner is the absence of goose, as it is not raised in New Zealand and the government prohibits importing foreign meat products. Desserts are almost without exception mince pies or Christmas pudding (or plum pudding) and brandy butter, inherited from British practices. Enjoyment of non-British Christmas foods, such as stollen from Germany, Bûche de Noël from France, and panettone from Italy, was virtually unheard of in New Zealand until the late 1990s and is still extremely rare today. Due to New Zealanders celebrating Christmas in the summer, it is also common to barbecue, and eat seasonal fruit such as cherries and strawberries. Pictured above is a Pavlova – a typical New Zealand meringue based pudding often served at Christmas (and throughout the year).

United Kingdom
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   Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom (and Commonwealth nations) is usually eaten in the afternoon. Dinner in the United Kingdom and in Ireland usually consists of roast turkey or roast goose (although duck is common alternatives depending on the number of diners), sometimes with ham or, to a lesser extent, pork; roast potatoes; vegetables (usually boiled or steamed), particularly brussels sprouts; stuffing; chipolatas or pigs in blankets; cranberry sauce; with dessert of Christmas pudding (or plum pudding) and brandy butter.
   In England, the evolution of the main course into turkey did not take place for years, or even centuries. At first, in Medieval England, the main course was either a peacock or a boar, the boar usually the mainstay. After the French Jesuits imported the turkey into Great Britain, it became the main course in the 1700s.
   A common tradition in the United Kingdom is to use the turkey’s wishbone to make a wish. Two people pull opposite ends of the wishbone until it breaks, with the person holding the larger fragment of the bone making a wish. The dessert of a British Christmas Dinner is almost always Christmas Pudding. Mince pies, a Christmas Cake or a Yule Log may also be eaten.

United States of America
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   Many Christmas customs in the United States have been adopted from those in the United Kingdom, although customs from other European countries are also found. Accordingly, the mainstays of the English table are also found in the United States: cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing or dressing, corn, squash, and green beans are common. Dessert often reflects the ethnic background of the participants, but examples include pumpkin pie (pictured above), marzipan, pfeffernusse, sugar cookies, panettone, fruitcake, apple pie, carrot cake, oreo pie, and mince pie. Ham or roast beef is often served instead of turkey, particularly since turkey is the mainstay at dinner for the American holiday of Thanksgiving in November.
   Regional meals vary: Hawaii has Turkey teriyaki, Virginia has oysters and ham pie, and the Upper Midwest includes dishes from the predominately Scandinavian backgrounds such as lutefisk and mashed rutabaga or turnip. In the Southwest, especially New Mexico, a traditional Christmas dinner might include posole, tamales, empanaditas (mincemeat turnovers) and biscochitos.