Retail is SO Unbalanced...

Things that make me laugh: A great sense of humor in retail display designs.

I nearly fell off my chair when I ran across that photo above on It's a shot of a window display in a Missoni boutique in Milan, Italy. Sharp humorists, those Italian display divas! I love this.
Also, one of the dorkiest 80's (or was it 90's??? The fashion is 80's!) films made - but since it's all about visual merchandising, well, I love it. 'Mannequin' with Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall (pre-Samantha), and Meschach Taylor as 'Hollywoooooooood' is on TV, and I'm being a total couch potato while watching it. What else to do on a rainy Northwest Sunday?!

It's research, really it is.....


  1. You're the only Decorating Diva I know, well except for this one guy I met years ago. LOL

    It is always disconcerting to know other people are using the same monikers.

    I'm glad you've got DivaDeb locked down.

  2. Love that picture!


my take on retail visual design:

"The thing is, retail design is driven by psychology. It is by manipulating space, visuals, lighting, sound, smell, and mood that we influence customers to enter, stay, browse, buy, and return. It is an endless exercise in change, endurance, growth, education, and imagination that enables retailers to stay on top of their game and at the forefront of their customer's minds. Yes, what you sell IS important - but even the very best merchandise won't sell at full price if it's presented in torn boxes on dirty shelves in a store that is too crowded to turn around in. Visual impact is a huge part of business, and utilizing the principles that have been proven to work can help you build a better business." ~ DWK