In 2019, Mall of Scandinavia rebranded itself as Westfield Mall of Scandinavia. To celebrate the change, they wanted to create a winter experience that would exceed the already-high expectations of their community over the Christmas season. They also wanted their festive experience to be a model of sustainability, in which they could reuse and recycle existing highlight and combine them with new features to create something truly memorable.
Working with a large and diverse creative team at MK Illumination Sweden, they created “Wow, vinterlandskap” (Wow, winter landscape), a Christmas concept that delivered a glittering Scandinavian festive landscape infused with playful elements that added warmth and humor. “Wow, vinterlandskap” was delivered in two phases: the first was timed to celebrate Black Friday, and the second appeared three weeks later with a full-on Christmas experience designed to make shoppers say “WOW”.
So what made it “WOW”? We asked MK Illumination Sweden’s Managing Director, Niclas Johansson, for his thoughts.
“First and foremost, an exceptional working relationship and ability to communicate and understand the requirements,” he said.“Westfield Mall of Scandinavia had some clear ideas to get us started, and together we were able to not only take those ideas to a whole new level, but make them a reality, too.”
This ability to work together in close cooperation, plan meticulously, and try something brave and new, that was modern, stylish, and sophisticated, wasn’t the only thing that made the concept “WOW”.
“The concept itself was remarkable,” said Johansson. “The shopping center’s largest area was transformed into a snow-covered winter landscape with 310 animals, 2 sledges, a gift-laden sleigh, a striking unicorn, birch trees, budgies, and giant icicles. These glittered with light and decoration, and absolutely stopped people in their tracks.”
The concept has been recognised by the Swedish design elite, and has been nominated for an award in the Swedish Design Award’s “Event – Visual merchandising” category.
“It’s a real honour,” said Johansson. “We can’t wait to hear the outcome!”
To vote for this Westfield Mall of Scandinavia’s “Wow, vinterlandskap”, and to see the many other nominations across the categories, visit: https://designpriset.se/rostning. Voting ends on September 20th.