The agency holiday greetings are starting to pour in, and this bit of joy from Wieden + Kennedy London may just be our favorite. No doubt, the agency will manage to get even the Scroogiest of carolers to open their pipes with the Choir of You installation at the shop's Hanbury Street Home. Step in front of the festive window and you'll be inspired to sing your heart out and become a part of the season's good cheer, many times over.
We noticed that Wieden + Kennedy shares its initials with the royal couple William and Kate. W+K designer Jo Glover and spatial designer Philip Cooper were moved by this portentous omen to create a celebratory installation in the window of our Hanbury Street office.
They made a spectacular six-foot high wedding cake based on Royal wedding cakes from the past. The cake is now on display, attracting the attention of Shoreditch hipsters, Japanese art students and local residents.
They also built an interactive souvenir postcard maker.
This enables passers-by to make their own royal portrait and upload and share it on our special WKandWK Facebook page.
Here are a couple of nice ones:
We hope that our window installation will give Londoners and the 1.1 million visitors expected to the capital for William and Kate's wedding the opportunity to feel a little bit more royal for the day.
The day before the wedding, 28th April, Wieden + Kennedy invites everyone (well, so long as 1.1 million don't turn up) to come to the agency and enjoy one of our delicious royal W+K cupcakes, created by Lily Vanilli ‘The Queen of Cupcakes’ (ES Magazine). We'll be handing them out - FREE!
Not everyone is lucky enough to be one of the 1,900 guests invited to Will and Kate’s big day (they missed me off the list, for example) so we wanted to create a special experience where everyone is welcome. We want our guests to feel like royalty, and to share a piece of our cake. And even if you're not a monarchist, an extra public holiday is worthy of celebrating with cake.
As if that wasn't enough royal wedding-related stuff, the theme is continued in the current exhibition in Wieden + Kennedy's L Gallery.
This gallery is small enough to be located in the reception desk in our offices. The current display consists of some lovely royal wedding souvenirs.
This awesome engine is the Manipulator 2000 and it has been installed by a crack team of mad scientists in the window of our offices on Hanbury Street.
This machine has been harvested from scrap and salvage and genetically modified into a 21st century W+K Spam Machine. Because an intractable problem can only be resolved by stepping beyond conventional solutions.
Problem, you say, what problem? The problem is spam. Good spam, the kind we'd like to get. Inspiring stuff. Things that we stumble upon every day that deserve to be shared. These things can be fed into The Manipulator 2000 and, utilising the fearsome power of technology, manipulated into particles of pure ENERGY. This is the Manipulation Activation Button:
This manipulated ENERGY (which we call 'Manipulatium' TM) is then instantaneously transmitted via the electronical conduit of E-MAIL into the receptive brains of the worker drones of W+K, enhancing their creativity reserves and stimulating their productivity. Thus forwarding our plans for World Domination.
The waste products of production of ManipulatiumTM are stored here.
Above: Doktor Manipulator Yuki sets the controls for the heart of the sun. "With one turn of this dial, I shall destroy all of you... FOREVER!"
Despite the early snow this year we are still dreaming of a white Christmas. So in the window of our offices we’ve built a model of our street, and every time someone around the world mentions #snow on Twitter, a special tweet snowflake will fall over our neighbourhood. So get tweeting and let it snow!
You can see the model street in our window on 91 Hanbury Street or by going to tweetsofsnow.com
And special thanks to Jaimie Vent for the awesome set design!
I wondered to myself today, “When was the last time I lifted a tyre up with my bare hands in a junk yard?” Mmm, I never have because they're MASSIVELY HEAVY. Yep. Today’s mission was made more interesting as we had to tip-toe around the yard to avoid the many delightful deposits left by local street dogs …. Anyhow, the tire wreath turned out to better than we expected considering we never made a wreath in our lives. Phew! In fact, Mrs Whiteley thought it was convincing enough to be a real gigantic wreath. DAY 4 done. Dusted.
the first day of our gigantic street advent calendar which is also our agency christmas card.
Each day, we open a door in the calendar to reveal a new festive street decoration that we've put out into the neighbourhood. Every idea takes something pretty mundane and adds a Wieden + Kennedy Christmas twist. The calendar fills an entire window of the agency and is also a beautifully illustrated map, so finding the street decorations is part of the fun.
Come down to 16 Hanbury st to see the installation and to open the
doors online please visit at www.wkadventcalendar.com.
are some of cheeky behind the scene shots from the install last night.