Magical Christmas Window Displays
Christmas is a time when the impossible becomes possible. People are filled with hope and good will. It’s a wonderful chance to show friends and family how much they mean to you and to take a break from reality and all its pressures. It’s also the perfect time for businesses to attract new loyal customers to secure their future sales. But in order to attract new customers, stores need to grab their attention.
Let’s take a brief look at the history of Christmas storefronts and find how to stand out from the crowd with a modern festive display window.
Where did Christmas Decorations for Storefronts begin?
Until halfway through the 19th century, storefronts used very simple elements to attract passersby: commercial signage, awnings and bay windows. Seasonal storefronts for Christmas and New Year were not much different to the usual appearance of shop and bar displays throughout the year.
In the late 1800s, commercial storefronts significantly changed, allowing their owners to feature their products much more successfully. Wide glass panels with iron lintels made storefronts much more similar to the modern display windows we know today.
City (and later country) residents could take a look at the products on display from a considerable distance. This way, new merchandise was able to be presented to a much wider audience than ever before. And, diverse Christmas promotions were now popping up everywhere.
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However, the newer looking storefronts from the late 1800s still included some elements from the recent past, e.g. canvas awnings and tin or wooden canopies - which hung low above store entrances in the summer, providing a cool shady spot and were raised higher in winter to provide better lighting for the front of the store.
The early 1900s brought a whole new beginning to the era of window displays, with a variety of new materials including stainless steel, colored and mirrored glass, electricity, and neon-tube advertisements.
These readily available decoration elements allowed all kinds of businesses to design and install unique and eye-catching Christmas shop displays, featuring original designs and clever architectural ideas.
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The Second World War significantly slowed down the process of generating new design ideas in European countries. After the war, in an attempt to restore the historic appearance of existing buildings, most stores looked like they did in the past. There was very little progression in the decades that followed.
The new wave of storefront designs didn’t come until the 1960s when artists like Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol contributed to the appearance of modern department stores and supermarkets.
This was the start of the era of the “creative banner” - where storefronts featured banners as their main design element, seen clearly during Christmas and New Year’s promotions. This banner display solution lasted until the end of the 20th century.
Traditional display window installations (typical at the beginning of the 20th century) gradually began coming back in the early 2000s, mostly because of fashion boutiques that needed their clothes to be visualized.
Banners were not able to offer the depth and volume created by a real-life window display, such as a Christmas scene in someone’s living room.
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Christmas goes 3D in the 21st Century
In the modern world, shoppers are so bombarded by thousands of advertisements and window displays, that it is nearly impossible to attract their attention. Luckily, HYPERVSN offers something so revolutionary that it can change shoppers buying behavior and habits.
Just how neon lights stopped road traffic in the 20th century, HYPERVSN 3D holographic visuals have the power to stop passersby in front of Christmas display windows and make people feel as if they are in the middle of a holiday fairy tale that has just come to life.
High-quality 3D holographic visuals that appear to be floating in mid-air bring shoppers back to their childhood - reminding them of a time when they used to dream about Santa popping up from nowhere and spreading the Christmas magic and joy.
No matter how much time has passed, the most talked about, captivating Christmas window displays take advantage of the most innovative technological solutions and continue to bring the festive spirit into our lives - even 100 years later.