FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP

New York City focused lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

SPACES | New York Holiday Windows | Tiffany & Co.

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Tiffany and Co. always creates darling window displays for the holidays. They tug on your heart strings with very nostalgic New York, centric concepts. In the last few years they depicted the homes of New York city from inside to out and this year is all about the Holiday moments in New York, utilizing iconic places and instances. This year they've put a spin on the overall style, channeling a graphic, 60's mod approach. They have also incorporated anamitronic elements. The overstuffed 60's style NYC cab looks as though it's bounces along the potholed streets and the cute little iceskating pups a spinning wildly out of control on the ice. 

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

Tiffany & Co. Window Display - Lauren Caron © 2014

I'd have to say, my favorite window though is the one above in Time Square with the miniature lit billboards and signs. Do you have a favorite?

SPACES | New York Holiday Windows | Louis Vuitton

SPACES, FASHIONLauren CaronComment

I've been a little late in posting these photos because I took a quick vacation to LA a week ago and tried as I might, I could not finished editing the images and post them before I left. 

For the first part of this series I wanted to talk about Louis Vuitton. They often create window displays that are more of an abstract holiday concept - definitely not traditional in any sense. One year it was Indian elephants, last year a giving goose, and this year they're focusing on the monogram project to celebrate the brand's 160th anniversary. In addition to the windows, they also have an installation in the interiors showcasing special collaborations with 6 creative iconoclasts. A big highlight is the Karl Lagerfeld punching bag you can read more about that [here].

Karl Lagerfeld Punching Bag: Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Punching Bag: Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Each window represents a monogram for each featured creative. You have M.N. for Mark Newson (Australian industrial designer), C.S. for Cindy Sherman (American Photographer), F.G. for Frank Gehry (American Architect), C.L for Christian Louboutin (French Accessories Designer), and R.K. for Rei Kawakubo (Japanese fashion design and founder of Comme des Garçons). These iconoclasts have also designed an accessory for each window - my favorite would probably be Christian Louboutin's luggage design. 

Window Display for Marc Newson - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Marc Newson - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Cindy Sherman - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Cindy Sherman - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Frank Gehry - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Frank Gehry - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Christian Louboutin - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Christian Louboutin - Louis Vuitton

Christian Louboutin Design Luggage: Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Christian Louboutin Design Luggage: Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

Window Display for Rei Kawakubo - Louis Vuitton

Window Display for Rei Kawakubo - Louis Vuitton

They're definitely more festive than in years past with the ribbons, abstracted boxes and balloons. They're oddly similar to a concept I was working on with Tiffany & Co a few years ago when we were trying to create a box out of the white ribbon. Interesting how no good idea is ever truly original.

Speaking of Tiffany's the next installment will be their windows. Look for the post tomorrow. 

 Any position on these designs? I'd love to hear your feedback. 

CREATE | Be Inspired by Dutch Master's Still Life Paintings This Holiday Season

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Over this past year I have been growing more and more obsessed with flower arrangements created and inspired by Dutch Master's Still Life paintings. I even considered taking a floral design class about creating such arrangements last March that was run by The Little Flower School in Brooklyn. The leaders and teachers of the school, Nicolette Owen (Nicolette Camille) and Sarah Ryhanen (Saipua) are leading the Dutch Master's trend that we're seeing in weddings lately, as their style intrinsically belongs within this realm of dark, lush and romantic styling. Looking at their work on Instagram [Nicamille] + [Saipua] makes me drool every time. This obsession needed to be included in my reality of work, so I was so excited when I realized I could use this concept for my Holiday Decor theme at Bergdorf Goodman on the Decorative Home floor! It ended up working perfectly, as we were pushing for a more traditional style design from last year's Malachite, and also wanted to remain within the company's initiative to utilize the overall conceptual theme of "BG INSPIRED." Since the windows were inspired by the Arts, one of the floor's decor could naturally be inspired by traditional still life painting.

As you will see in the inspiration images below, there major decorative elements that must be included in the design to achieve the look, they are: 

  1. Taxidermy
  2. Produce - Fruits & Vegetables
  3. Flowers
  4. Styling that is over abundant, romantic, heavy & loose
  5. Dark, deep, moody colors

I also, explain each element in further detail so read on....

Frans Snyders | Still Life with a Wine Cooler

Frans Snyders | Still Life with a Wine Cooler

Frans Snyders | Market Stall

Frans Snyders | Market Stall

Abraham van Beyeren

Abraham van Beyeren

Abraham van Beyeren | Banquet Hall Still Life with a Mouse

Abraham van Beyeren | Banquet Hall Still Life with a Mouse

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Johannes Vermeer | A Woman Asleep at Table

Johannes Vermeer | A Woman Asleep at Table

So how is it that we can use these elements to create the look? After I gathered the list, I analyzed each element and came up with a plan for how to incorporate each. 

1. PRODUCE - In order to get the produce element right, you want to think about using fruit and vegetables that is close to being within season - Oranges, Pomegranates, Apples but also to make the produce seem different from the typical dried fruit often used in holiday decoration, you want to add unexpected ones too. Figs, Grapes, and artichokes are often represented in Dutch Master's Paintings and they're not as often used in Holiday arrangements.  

2. TAXIDERMY - It's really tricky to hang dead animals from garlands and may not be the most festive and welcoming idea. So to get around that while still evoking the theme, you can add the feathers from the birds that are commonly shown in these paintings. You can also, put these taxidermy birds on tables or walls to create beautiful, festive vignettes. My favorite birds and feathers come from Pheasants, Turkeys & Roosters.

3. FLOWERS - Flowers are a very important element to pull of this look and I'm sure you're curious about which flowers to use and why does it make sense to put them in holiday decor. I decided to choose something that could realistically be saved and reused for the holiday. That's where hydrangeas come in - I hope saved your dried blooms or are able to pull some lasting bits from the bushes outside. 

4. STYLING - Dutch Master's Still Lifes are all about over abundance. They portray romance through heavy and loose styled arrangements and table settings. One last trick that we did in the center of the hall, which I think is really fun - replace your table cloth with a persian rug! The major key to pulling off this look is, more is more.  

5. DARK COLORS - Most Dutch Master's paintings are very dark and moody. We of course, can't and don't live in candlelight in present life, so in order to create that mood all of your added elements and decorative finishes should be dark and moody. Use dark rich colors for your table clothes and napkins, if you're adding gilded elements the dark golds and even unpolished silver mixed with polished silver will enhance the feel. 

There you have it, I hope I've sparked a few ideas for your holiday decor this season. Make sure you stop by the store on the 7th floor for an even closer look. Thanks for reading. 

Design, styling & photographs by: Lauren L Caron / additional design support styling & merchandising by: Valerie Raskin 

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VINTAGE | Unique Holiday Gifts

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It's that time of year, we're all searching for the perfect gifts wanting to please our friends, family and loved ones. I often recall my favorite gifts to be vintage, one-of-a-kind or heirloom pieces that are totally unique. With that in mind, why not shop just that. With all of these new websites like One Kings Lane, 1st Dibs and Etsy, it has become easier than ever to shop vintage and antique online.

I've compiled two lists - one for her and one for him of my favorite internet finds that are available right now. If you like any of these hurry before they're gone - in the time that I created this post I already had to change a few selections! Happy Hunting!