Visual Vanguards, Part IV

Hudson’s Bay, Toronto
Posted July 21, 2015

Non-Holiday Window Display
“Mother’s Day Windows”
Hudson’s Bay, Toronto

Talk about doing the dishes! Each display Hudson’s Bay created for its Mother’s Day windows featured a scene incorporating dinnerware – from cups and saucers to cake stands, as well as broken plates.

With the theme being rolled out to other HBC locations, vendors stepped in to source props. For a uniform appearance, Ana Fernandes, creative national director, Hudson’s Bay, and her team had to specify very precise details, like how the broken plates should be fractured. “It was a bit hilarious working with the broken plates, because even that had to be a science, believe it or not,” Fernandes says.

One hurdle was creating the illusion of an endless sea of dinnerware – Fernandes and the creative team “came up with a vinyl background that mimicked stacks of plates,” while cake stands in another window were substituted with painted wooden props fastened with dowel rods to avoid toppling.

And what does a retailer do with hundreds of plates and cups at a campaign’s end? Hudson’s Bay donated the usable items to local area shelters.

Read more about the 21st annual Visual Competition winners featured in VMSD's July 2015 issue by clicking here, and be sure to check throughout the month of July for parts V-VII of this Visual Competition coverage.

Click here to read about the Best in Show winner.