Who was top of the class at the VM & Display Show?

Printed bags display

The VM & Display show 2016 returned to its iconic home at London’s Business Design Centre last week, condensing its usual three days into a two day event that included for the first time, the BDC’s permanent gallery bays, degree show exhibition and other special features. 

We dropped in on the show to see the hottest new products, ideas, trends and technologies which are being designed to stop today’s consumers firmly in their tracks. It worked for us! With key advances in technology like holographic mannequins and motion graphic signage, some of which is still in patent stage and yet to hit the market, but firmly stealing the show nonetheless. Here were some of our favourites.

Business Design Centre

Opened in 1862, Islington’s Grade II listed Business Design Centre is a impressive backdrop for cutting edge design and modern exhibition.

Designing and making some of the most exciting windows displays in the world, StudioXAG will make you stop and look.



Top Tip! It might not be the most expensive display of the day, but we loved this incredibly simple signage and display idea that we can easily see working in-store. Snap up a few of our vintage bulldog clips and hang menu boards or artwork from steel wiring. Simple!

Talk of the show Headworks presents a new concept in visual display and retail communication. An ultra realistic talking 3D holographic head with a life-size mannequin body. Who’d have thought? But as we walked round the corner and saw this staring at us, we let’s just say it got our attention immediately.

Headworks Human Reality

You can just imagine the myriad of creative possibilities this could have in-store or in your window design, with visual effects and sales messages moving around the head – it’s a striking display. headworks.co.uk

Yep, that’s me sat on oversized dinosaur replica by CJ Prop Hire specialising in Theming, Set Dressing and Prop Hire, for TV, Films, Events and Parties. cjprophireandevents.co.uk



Annie Rickard Straus is a freelance lettering artist and designer, based mainly in London. She studied illustration at Central Saint Martins and the Glasgow School of Art and her portfolio is impressive! In 2012, she won the Visual Merchandising and Display Award for Best Instore Branding and has since worked with everyone from House of Fraser to Mary Portas. annierickardstraus.com


Genix Imaging provides retail spaces with superior graphic display solutions, and similar to Headworks, their visual projection systems are a real crowd stopper. It’s amazing to see how much the advances in digital technology is influencing visual merchandising and in particular store signage and ticketing, taking retail display to the next level. genix.co.uk

Artefact display workshop

Artefact UK, design, build, deliver and install creative and innovative display schemes, interior features and event props. We LOVED their bags for life display and designs. artefactuk.com


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