Windows as the Eyes of the Soul of Wellness
The tradition of windows in the merchandising of ideas.
At the street level, a building’s windows are, in a manner, the eyes and soul of the bridge between the heart of the building, its occupants and the brand that might be resident within — and those on the outside, the walkers and the watchers.
In a sidebar and casual conversation with Leslie Wexner, we talked about
the pattering of shopkeeping.
“Windows are your stories –
it’s what people see, walking by.
Failing to take care of your windows is like not taking care of your whole shop.”
People will judge a shop by its windows – in the eyes of the brand, the story is told. We’ve written in the past about the art of window dressing, a string of earlier experiences in my life that took me from designing and outfitting campaign stories and windows for Nordstrom, to staging spectacular events at Bloomingdale’s,
Doing design for campaign events, thence their storewide expressions and window showings teaches that one principle can guide a comprehensive implementation. The windows, in the procession of experience become the portals to the opening of that storytelling — the street perception is part of that telling, as the secondarily most remote. And in a city with active foot traffic, that messaging can be seen by thousands. During my early efforts, it was working the windows with window-designing legends like Robert Currie, who I met working the late night installations for another legend, retailer Geraldine Stutz, foundress of the revived Henri Bendel’s.
In thinking about, considering the power of street side storytelling, there’s a potential to newly boost other kinds of non-selling propositions, ones which deal with other causes. Stuart Elliott, advertising writer and columnist from the NYTimes offers this telling, in which EHE International donates window space to power causes that align with their promises to their communities.
This Effort Opens a New Window, Every Month
By STUART ELLIOTT
A health care company, EHE International, has donated the space in a window below its office [Rockefeller Center] to nonprofit organizations, mostly in the realm of health and wellness.
|This month, EHE International’s window has been turned over to the Arms Wide Opean Childhood Cancer Foundation.|
Doing design, for goodness, is a good thing.
Tim | Decatur Island Studios
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