Wednesday, January 6, 2010

in the throws of anthro

the window display, as always was...well. genius.
While in NYC, I made a quick little march through any Anthro that I stumbled upon- 3 I think was the count. I can't help myself. Luckily, if you've seen one's stock, you've pretty much seen it all {not including the housewares in each sale room- always worthy of a slow down and rummage through, you never know what treasure someone else passed on} And the shop at Rockefeller Center didn't fail me.
With Anthro. you just know the displays are going to be crazy good and sort of disconnected - random . Check out these little vignettes of plastic animals....
dressed for the cold, placed on stacks of sale plates.
cute.
But these were the show stoppers: charming, animals- so fantastically creative they made me dizzy.
Check it::
they're made with take-out/eating supply products!!!
This guy's my favorite. b- jeezus.
that's about the cutest thing made out of a menu, I've ever seen.
WHO thinks of this?

22 comments:

laurelstreet said...

I almost didn't notice because of the overall adorability... but the menu 'Wolf' is holding a knife and a spoon while looking hungrily at the stack of bowls. It's too much - bravo!!!

Anonymous said...

Have you caught 'Man Shops World" on the Sundance Channel? The show follows Keith Johnson at Anthro who shops the world looking for unique items.

http://www.sundancechannel.com/man-shops-globe/

beachbungalow8 said...

laurel st.... isn't that just cute overload?

Anon:: one of my all time favorite shows out there. I rewatch episodes over and over. Total crush on Keith and his speech impediment.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Beyond, beyond. So grateful for the close ups.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

All of this was so cute and fun, but the fox with knife made me lol!!! I love anthro...they never take themselves too serious. Have fun in NY.

abigail said...

I LOVE the take out animals! they are amazing.

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Brilliant! It makes me feel creatively inadequate.

preppyplayer said...

visual director, Kristin Norris is a large part of the aesthetic. I love the way she uses texture.

Courtney said...

Dear Lord. Chinese New Year is right around the corner and I can't even imagine how unbelievable these guys would be for a table setting! I NEED TO DO THIS for a party one year. Though I better start making those puppies now if I expect to throw this party in the next 5 yrs. Can you even imagine how long it takes to whip together one of these take-out animals?

Flick, said...

These are fantastic! What amazing creativity... but seriously.. someone has WAY too much time on their hands!!
:)

Anonymous said...

I need to know WHO gets to take them home when they're done using them as displays. The peacock is my favorite.

Developing Designs said...

Fabulous images, thank you for sharing. Eons ago I worked there and watching the creative people in the display department was very interesting.....in a good way. Sometimes they would lock themselves in a room for hours and hours, I guess you have to in order to create such imaginative fun wonderful things. xo

mary said...

Amazing creativity. It is almost as if these creatures were talking to each other.

beachbungalow8 said...

preppy player, I think I've seen Kristin on MSG. Her job is tough, she works with all of these brilliant designers allowing them to totally go hog wild and then has to edit what will work for the public.

I thought the same thing, HOW long did these take? I picked up the fish to try and see what it was made of, and while it wasn't hollow, it definitely had a light core, base.

I'd love to see the pre notes and sketches on these. Any one have a good connection?

Courtney said...

I do! My dear friend is a visual artist for them! I'll email :)

Charlotta Ward said...

Amazing! All of it!

xCharlotta

Francine Gardner said...

Their displays are so whimsical and artistic..to think that they create everything in the basement of the stores...these guys are really talented. i always check out the Soho store as my showroom is nearby and this year they really outdid themselves...They also carry some of my lighting...so i like them even more...

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

Wow, thanks for the images Megan - they are just superb. I love the fox and the peacock - just incredible.

Another tick on the 'pro' side of the list for making our next OS trip the States - Anthropolgie!!

Awesomeness personified, thanks for sharing.

jules

jennifer lorton said...

I love their displays! The recycled critters are amazing.

Splendid Market said...

I love these shots! Anthropologie is my Tiffany's as in "nothing bad could ever happen to you in Tiffany's". In our Seattle stores we had giant ostrich's made of recycled paper. Beautiful! The stores are always worth a wander. Thank you for sharing the birds made with to go utensils -- beyond creative!!

Susan Jones said...

Hi Megan,
Kansas City Art Institute is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Among some of their notable alumni is Shauna Alterio '97 who is the national display manager for Anthro. Wish I knew her.
The Anthro in KC had the most beautiful paper snowflakes massed in the windows on the Plaza.
Thanks for the pictures from NYC...

La Maison Fou said...

Right? I have a few pics too! And the head made of rolled paper? Must have some extreme jam out sessions to "brainstorm".....incredible creativity!
Leslie

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