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Hop to it… it’s Easter!

From the Easter bunny and chocolate egg hunts, to hot cross buns and Church on Sunday, there are many ways to celebrate Easter! We’ve put together our favourite elements of Easter. From shopping centre displays, to international VM designs and decorating ideas you can do at home. We also have beautiful props available to hire for your Easter events. We love putting on our thinking caps for unique activations in shopping centres for this time of the year. Featured below is one of our gorgeous trees, which has come alive with festoon lights and hanging eggs. By matching the ribbon in the trees to the tolic stools and the table arrangements, the pastel colour pallet creates harmony and balance. Little moss bunnies capture the Easter magic for little ones passing through the area.   Incorporating Easter into your venue doesn’t have to mean bunny rabbits and eggs. The gorgeous addition of market carts and bunting as seen here in a Pop Up event, oozes the comfort of pastel colours and florals. Soft, whimsical elements make up a rustic Easter display, inviting guests to relax into their surroundings. Foliage and cushions are key elements for softening the area and creating an inviting space. Other ways we love to subtly celebrate Easter is through flowers such as peonies, cherry blossoms and silver toned greenery like eucalyptus. Wreaths are the perfect way to express your seasonal support in an elegant and indirect way. Symbolizing growth and everlasting life, the oval wreath is a beautiful representation of life and perfect for your seasonal Easter display. Finish the wreath with a hessian or pastel...

The Year of the Dog

“Good Luck, Good Health, Good Cheer and Happy New Year!” Chinese New Year is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate our multiculturalism. This year, Australia Fair on the Gold Coast, Brisbane Airport and Harbour Town all celebrated the beginning of the Year of the Dog 2018. Two large voids in the Australia Fair shopping centre hung an elaborate chandelier of Chinese fans and lanterns. The lanterns symbolize people letting go of their past selves and are red in colour to symbolize good fortune. The dragon represents prosperity, good luck and good fortune. Australia Fair To coincide with the lantern chandeliers, the team at VM+ coordinated the display cases at Australia Fair to represent the colours of Chinese New Year. Australia Fair The cheery blossom tree pays homage to the famous Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees in Hong Kong. It is believed that if you tie your wish to an orange and throw it into the tree and it stays there, your wish will come true. VM+ installed a 4mH cherry blossom tree into the Brisbane International Terminal to represent the history of the wishing tree for Chinese New Year in the airport. The color red denotes good luck, fortune, happiness and abundance. By using red envelopes in this tradition, patrons can write their wish, hang it in the branches and move forward into their new year. Brisbane Airport – International Terminal Photo opportunities were in high demand, with the season bringing in travelers and crowds. A circular photo ring and a traditional dragon costume were installed for creative ways that guests could capture their time in the various locations. Harbour Town...

Colour of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

“Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now.” Introducing the 2018 colour of the year, Ultra Violet.  Colours have amazing power when it comes to creating emotion and subconscious thoughts within a space. Implement a design strategy using violet this year. This tone is often associated with mystery, independence and creativity. The use of violet in gathering places is known to energize and inspire connection. Often found in places of meditation, ultra violet is a beautiful way to provoke experimentation, relaxation and individuality. It is a colour that reflects the unknown and is often associated with the cosmos and limitless possibilities. Icons such as David Bowie and Prince are known to have adopted this shade, bringing a dramatic flair to performances. With the world we live in becoming more and more futuristic with the development of new technologies, the team at Pantone decided on Ultra Violet to reflect on the future of design, technology, culture and innovation. This colour stands as a representation for growth and creativity. The pantone colour of the year is beautiful when incorporated into a design with complimentary colours. From floral pastels to deep burgundy, Ultra Violet captivates and energizes. Match it with deep reds and dusty ice blues for a killer contrast, or single out the blue based purple on its own and use neutrals to add extravagance to your display or interior. We love this in textures and gradients,  and brings a sophisticated edge to window displays and store interiors. View our seasonal fashion VM gallery...

Top 5 Christmas jobs of 2017

From designing the concepts to the all-night installations, VM+ had a very busy Christmas in 2017! From spinning disco balls in the Valley Malls, to cheeky nutcrackers and every colour of baubles in-between, we covered it all. Here is a little glimpse of some of our favourite Christmas installs from 2017. Contact the team at VM+ to bring the magic of Christmas to your venue in 2018. 1 William Street With tones of copper, champagne and silver, 1 William Street sparkled this Christmas. Nutcracker soldiers heralded the magic of Christmas with their trumpets, greeting passers by, while the 7.5m tree in the foyer ensured a spectacular display of Christmas joy. Silver ribbon twisted around spiraling baubles on the main tree, while twinkling lights complimented the sophisticated trimming.   Valley Malls One of our most unique Christmas installations for 2017 was the Valley Malls, including China Town and Brunswick Street Mall. Multiple components were constructed by a large team who worked collaboratively to ensure this job embraced everything that we love about Christmas. It was a visual feast of colour, movement and light. VM+ created a destination to be enjoyed by everyone, and celebrated the Valley’s reputation of dancing the night away. Inspiration was drawn from the nightlife in London’s Covent Garden and included features such as two giant dazzling rotating mirror balls, twinkling icicle lights, wreaths and garlands. Matched to existing oriental elements in China Town, wreaths and garlands were trimmed in a red and gold colour palette to maintain tradition with a twist of modern finishes. Banners hung from structures to highlight the Christmas season and take the precinct into...

International Christmas Windows 2017

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… all over the world! We’ve ventured to our favourite international cities to find out what they’re bringing to the window this holiday season in their custom displays. If you’re searching for a bit of magic this Christmas, look no further than the whimsical, circus theme found behind the glass of Bloomingdale’s in New York City. Depicting scenes from the much anticipated “The Greatest Showman” film, Bloomingdale’s six windows are flooded with over 7 million Swarovski crystals. While characters pose and come alive among the glitter and lights, Bloomingdale’s topped it off with interactive elements.   The circus and fairground theme also made its way to Paris this year, where the legendary Galeries Lafayette collided art deco and surrealism to produce a whimsical story of 20th century Paris. The synthesis of a mauve and magenta sky backdrop knits together the magical carnival scene.   As we travel over to London, we’re bought back down to earth, or rather, under the earth as the British retail elite, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason pay homage to the traditional English Christmas dinner. Colliding humor and tradition, Selfridges decked out one window in thousands of the pocket-sized green vegetable; the brussel sprout. Other windows featured carnival floats celebrating eccentricity and creativity through banners and even an over-sized robin. Fortnum & Mason in London’s Piccadilly joyfully takes us all home into the kitchen but with a twist of imagination. Windows featuring a boy riding a brussel sprout, and an elephant popping champagne...

Japanese Tranquility Garden at Brisbane Airport

This week our team was busy installing an exciting activation at Brisbane International Airport. Teaming up with Bullet Studios, the VMPlus crew was ready to promote Qantas’ recently introduced direct flights from Brisbane Airport to Narita Airport by creating a Japanese oasis within the bustling terminal. The Japanese tranquility garden with tatami mats, bamboo greenery and red and black colour palette is a small taste of what travelers can expect in Japan. The enclosed space complete with floor pillows, Japanese lanterns, soothing music, Torii gate and wishing tree is a comforting, quiet space to reflect and wind down between flights. If you’re an avid flyer you might want to check out this exciting activation when you’re next stopping over! This display took 8 hours and a large VMPlus team to set up. See below for some behind the scene progress shots and watch how we create an installation from start to finish! Thanks to our friends at Bullet Studios for the video!...