I’m a big fan of the display hook. Slatwall hooks and S-hooks have their place in visual merchandising, but decorative hooks can make most displays look richer.
This week, I have a new favorite display hook. It’s a hand and I like it hung palm up, palm down and sideways – exactly as they use them at Nest Interiors in Nashville, Tennessee. Made of coated iron with a distressed patina finish, Nest uses these hands for a wall display of handbags. Also, spotted at Nest Interiors is an example of a product feature page. Framed and placed beside the products, the glossy page explains the craftsmanship and materials that make the product unique. This is similar to the prior blog discussion about showing magazine pages with your merchandise featured (from Retail Details 1-10-10 blog).
Continuing with my hook obsession, Sofia Vintage in Chicago, Illinois combines utility with branding by using these alphabet letter hooks. They are the perfect size to draw attention without minimizing the merchandise – in this case, purses. Vintage purses are frequently objects of art and deserving of distinctive hooks.
Vases and clear glass containers are a
versatile staple in a visual merchandiser’s prop collection. Pictured here, the containers almost disappear while featuring the jewelry in a very dimensional way. This display designer at Salt of the Earth in St. Louis and Webster Grove, MO., chose the perfect backdrop to enhance each color story. Compliment versus contrast works here.
Stella Boutique in Laguna Beach, California, also uses a tall glass display vessel. This time it serves as a container for a normally untidy item to display – belts. I seldom see a unique belt display. Yes, that’s a challenge. I’ll await your emails with pics attached.
Thanks to all of you who have forwarded my blog to your friends and colleagues and joined the fan page on Facebook. Readership has more than doubled in the last month. You continue to send in worthy displays and I will share as many as the topics, space and time allow. Leave your comments below, including suggestions for future retail display blog topics, questions and merchandising challenges.