A Selection of Photo Images:

  • Retail Venues: Stores, Shops, and Shopping Centres
  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Nature Landscapes and City Landscapes
Partial back closed windows allows a glimpse into the Coop store

This department store constructed a closed-back window display, yet left an opening for a glance into the store for viewers from the street. The front window thus mixes a closed window format (a partial wall) and an open-back format. Visual merchandisers may have easier access this way to arrange the display. But it also requires the interiors to be representable to outside viewers.

A London’s Burberry shop presents another exhibition of hybrid closed-back and open-back window display. In this case the opening is in the centre and the display is against a backdrop of the shop’s interior. An additional interesting feature in this display is the use of fashion model photographs next to mannequins.

Straight lines, right angles — this style of a box-like front window display for a shop was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s. The typeface of the shop name is consistent with that style. It does receive here a more up-to-date look with the lighting and merchandise display. The lobby, leading to the door, is an integral part of this front design.

The façade of this women fashion store (PkZ Women) is window-covered over three floors, giving an impressive and inviting look to the store — especially when the front window exhibitions are lit after darkness. Part of the store’s front  is employed on the right side as a screen displaying computer motion-animation. Notice  that the display on the second floor above ground level is designed more like an art gallery than a store, with pictures on the back walls, endowing the store with a finer high-class ambience and image.

This artful front window display by a fashion boutique store for women in Zurich (Boutique Marie Claire) presents several delighting features.

First, the warm cheerful colours of garments in red, orange, yellow and pink cannot evade the eye of passers by or visitors of the boutique. The colours are inviting, and they also are a match for the Fall season (on display October 2019), bringing to mind the sight of leaves hanging on trees in Autumn. (Nonetheless, these colours could also be appropriate for re-birth in Spring.)

Second, the sketches on white background of the wall, with touches of (water) colours as in fashion drawings, make a lovely and lively look. From the angle this photo was taken, it creates a particularly eye-catching contrast as backdrop to the garments.

Third, the additional animated garment, and props used in this display, help to create a rather simple yet tasteful scene for a fashion boutique.

Le Caveau de Bacchus (Gstaad)

The exterior matches the atmospherics of the art-fashioned interiors of the shop.

Notice also the inviting arrangement of wine bottles on barrels as one approaches the shop’s entrance. The shop offers wines from France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland as well as champagne and spirits.

A clean and bright look of a wine boutique shop in Gstaad: white walls, large windows with wooden door and window frames, and a wood-carved signage. Altogether, this fine Swiss style design, frills-free, gives the right feeling of prestige and luxury appropriate for the shop.

Introducing Mini Mousses at Laederach

Appetising look into Läderach’s confectionary shop:  The Swiss chain of Läderach replaces the older confectionary chain of Merkur that it took over in 2013. For its launch Läderach introduced a new line of mini mousses, a real delight of cream and crispy coating in multiple flavours (e.g.,  classic milk chocolate, classic bitter chocolate, strawberry, mango, orange, tropical). They also offer excellent chocolate pralines, as expected. The view of bustling action in the shop is surely inviting.

Creative Lighting: Arcade on Champs Elysees

The salient feature in this shopping arcade on the Champs Elysées in Paris, that earned it this photo,  is the arrangement of lighting bodies hanging from the ceiling. First, they are eye-catching one cannot ignore. Second, nevertheless, they look interesting, a bit unusual in the combination of elements of the fixture. They may even elicit some futuristic (sci-fi) imaginative associations, but that may not fascinate and appeal to every shopper. Thirdly, it seemed to be quite effective in broadly but softly illuminating the arcade. (Note how lamps in the fixtures are directed also to throw light on windows.)

A Corner Window Display

A corner window of a fashion store, with a wing facing the main street and the other wing facing an alley. The male mannequins and photos are placed against a dramatic background of dark tourquise-painted wall for contrast. The white heads of mannequins and light spots accentuate the contrast. A mannequin seated in an armchair appropriately occupies the corner.

The mannequins in the former display as well as in the next two displays have neutral-coloured “clear” heads, having no make-up and wearing no wigs. This symbolic representation rather than natural-looking semblance of people has become more popular in recent years. 

Top Dressed Like a Hand Puppet

The female mannequins in this front window of a fashion shop are shown only from the waist and above — not quite usual or natural a look. They resemble somewhat hand puppets, posted each in this case on a rod. However, the semi-mannequin display helps to focus attention of passing-by viewers to the garments on top. 

Hanging rings are added as props, probably for artistic impression (this shop specialises in design brands).

There are certain scenes that seem to be located just in the right place:

The right scene in the right place

This luxury scene of a Versace shop at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milano strikes as an excellent case in example. The display in-store viewed from outside fits well with the mosaic floor and decorative walls of the arcade. Note how the mannequins are lifted in the air; their heads conspicuously wear only dark sunglasses for a “cool” look.

Classic wooden furnishing and modern design integrated

A coffee house is operating next to the shop with similar design characteristics. Delicious.

Schneider’s confectionary shop in Davos, established a hundred years ago, showcases an elegant integration of classic and modern design. Classic wooden furnishing from Schneider’s earlier days maintains the shop’s legacy in modern contemporary atmospherics. Chocolate and cakes are pleasantly displayed.

Panoramic Train, Interlaken

In transportation, especially for touristic purposes, aesthetic appeal is also important, and functional as well. Look for example at this Swiss panoramic train that rides in beautiful lake environs surrounded by Alpine mountains: the train is distinguished by its curved lines, large darkened windows, and the elegant contrast between red-bordo and white. Its whole appearance transmits smoothness, dynamics and swift movement. It is also easy to get on and off the train.

And the large windows? They are instrumental for having best wide angle views of water and mountainous landscape.

Konstanz Munster (Cathedral)
The Cathedral (Munster) of Konstanz, built in Gothic Style. Konstanz sits on a lake in the south of Germany on the border with Switzerland
Cornithian Columns, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
Cornithian Columns in inner court on estate of Castello Sforzesco, Milano
Pinacoteca di Brera Inner Court, Milano
An Inner Court at the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano
Swiss ‘chalet’ wooden house in traditional style — warm and natural — next to modern apartment building style — cool and elegant (note the white brick façade with elongated windows and wooden frames)
Bauhaus Style Cinema Hotel, Tel-Aviv
Bauhaus style building on Dizengoff Circus in Tel-Aviv, established as Cinema Theatre Esther in the 1930s, now functions as Hotel Cinema

Social Room at Hotel Alexander Weggis
Social Room with an exquisite feeling of a private club (Hotel Alexander, Weggis). The room may be used by guests for private dinners, seminars, socialising and gaming.

Bronfman Concert Auditorium, Tel-Aviv
The Bronfman Concert Auditorium is a landmark and a cultural hub in Tel-Aviv. It was founded in 1957 (named Mann Auditorium), and re-opened after renovation in 2013 when it was named after Charles Bronfman. The auditorium hosts classical music concerts (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra) but occasionally gives stage to shows and concerts of other types of performing arts (including pop and rock concerts).
An ecological water pool, exhibiting Water Lily flowers and a fountain, with city hall building in the background (Rabin Square in Tel-Aviv)
Castle and Lake (Spiez)
Castle of Spiez Overlooking the Lake of Luzern (Lac Quatre Cantons)
Rays of sunlight shine on boats in the marina of Brunnen
A statute of girl exercising on lake front — perfect relaxation with the right view (Lake of Luzern / Lac Quatre Canton, in Weggis)
Street Landscape –Window shopping with reflection
(in Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich)
Along the promenade of Thun on River Aaer
Water front and piers in the afternoon in Weggis on Lake Luzern (Lac 4 Cantons)
Snow Terrace atop Corvatsch (St. Moritz)
Snow Terrace atop Corvatsch (St. Moritz) — with ad poster for BMW’s car fit for the mountains
Surrounding Mountains and Reflections, Lake Grasmere
Park HaYarkon, Tel-Aviv
Park HaYarkon, Tel-Aviv
Driving Towards Alpine Peaks on the Oberalppass
Driving Towards Alpine Peaks on the Oberalppass
A long view of Lake Arnen (near Gstaad)
Main Street, Gstaad
Main Street, Gstaad – Typical Swiss Country Wooden Houses

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