Out & About: VM & Display Show 2017

The visual merchandising and display industry gathered at the BDC in Islington this week for the inspirational VM & Display Show. From giant sofas and shoes to selfie booths, foliage and a touch of virtual reality, the show was a honeypot of inspiration for retailers, visual merchandisers and designers.

First time exhibitors

The show welcomed a number of first time exhibitors this year...

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Sequin art specialist Shimmerwalls

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Creative VM agency, Bright Leaf


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Kosa Art Group - creating art as decor

Mannequins and wigs

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Univeral Display presented its latest Harper and Zen collections

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The Retail Factory

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Stockmann

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Artywigs demonstrated its wig making and renovation skills

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A heavenly display by wig and millinery specialist, Tam Walsh

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Forming Reality immersed visitors in a virtual reality world to explore its range of mannequins, and demonstrated its 3D printing capabilities

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Hangers of London


3D printing

Several companies demonstrated 3D printing capbilities, including Echo House, Stylo and Forming Reality

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Echo House

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3D printed mannequins by Forming Reality

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Stylo


Graphics and printing

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Graphica Display invited visitors to a game of table tennis on a table printed by the company

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Large format graphics specialist VCG Colourlink

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A giant gramophone and vinyls dominated the VGL stand

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Echo House demonstrated its graphic and printing skills


Materials & surfaces

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bbrown showcased wallcoverings, fabrics and other decorative finishes for the interiors market

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Bespoke display specialist Display Logic showcased a variety of materials including Perspex, wood and moss

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Tenn used a variety of materials on its stand including foam and wood

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The back wall of Atom's stand drew visitors in for a closer look

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Lasercut wood in the shape of Manhattan, New York on the Echo House stand


Lighting

Neon lighting was a prominent theme at the show, particularly for logos.

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The back of Tenn's stand featured a giant logo

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Hello Flamingo

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VMG

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Outline Displays

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The WOW Business opted for giant illuminated lettering

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Solus Lighting returned with its collection of illuminated trees

Shopfittings

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Andy Thornton launched its new Manhattan Collection of period-style shopfittings 

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Hangers of London


Props

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You couldn't miss this giant shoe and handbag on the Display Logic stand

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Or this bright pink hand feature by Atom

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Brian the robot amongst special effects props on the Artem SFX stand

Foliage

As we saw at the Surface Design Show in February, the use of foliage, living walls and greenery continues to be a strong trend for interior design.

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MCV Styling

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Treelocate

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The WOW Business

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VMG used real grass on its stand

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Foliage by Display Logic


Creative services

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Blacks Visual collaborated with Lucy Hardcastle to create CONFLATE - a celebration of craft and process

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A beautiful multicoloured bauble structure filled the DZD stand

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Delicate hearts on the Minki Balinki stand

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Tenn invited visitors to meet the team

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Artefact

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make-it london created a family of junk birds

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Plenty of colour, as always, on the Matt Wingfield Studio stand

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CCLR opted for a bright yellow telephone box, inviting visitors to give them a call to discuss ideas and partnerships

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County Display invited visitors to chill out on its #bigyellowsofa

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Made You Look, Made You Stare provided advice on its visual display training


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Well done to Snow Business who won the SDEA's Best Stand Award

The next VM & Display Show takes place on 18-19 April 2018.

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