Theatre Design Alumnus Mike Inwood Wins Coveted NYC Prize


DDI Magazine has named Macy’s Herald Square in New York City as the Platinum Award winner in the annual Winning Windows Manhattan holiday retail window competition.

This year, the Macy’s Herald Square windows (Lighting Design created by BFA ‘01 Design alumnus Mike Inwood) tell the story of a young boy’s dream on Christmas Eve, where he travels to a magical crystal forest and learns about the meaning of Christmas.

High-definition LED screens fill the back wall, expanding the windows’ scenery and creating impact. One window also contains a surprise interactive element that finds you rather than you finding it. The windows combine state-of-the-art technology with handcrafted artistry.” – DDI judges

The second-place Gold Award went to Bergdorf Goodman, and the third-place Silver Award went to Anthropologie Rockefeller Center.

For the 14th consecutive year, the DDI Winning Windows awards honour the top three Manhattan retail stores for their excellence in holiday window design. DDI Winning Windows judges walked New York, touring the storefronts and delighting in the creative, festive and impeccably executed designs that window teams across the city have spent the past year planning.

Judging was based on three criteria: originality and creativity, spirit of the season and technical aspects of execution. This year’s 2013 judges included Alison Embrey Medina, executive editor, DDI Magazine; Jessie Dowd, senior editor, DDI Magazine; and Peter-Tolin Baker, principal at P-T B Design Services.

See the windows unveiled on video as covered by Associated Press:

Photo Credit: Mike Inwood