Passion, Purpose, and Partnership. Three pillars staunchly rooted at the core of Chute Gerdeman’s (CG) mission, driving and encouraging a culture of growth, knowledge, and creativity. For two employees, that mission helped inspire a new kind of collaboration. With an emphasis on Partnership, Carmen Buffalini, Architectural Designer, and Dylan Rea, Marketing Coordinator, used their expansive knowledge within the design industry to inspire creativity, activate designer interest, collaborate with partners, and excite visitors in a way unparalleled by other agencies today.
What began as an office-merchandising initiative, soon grew into a dynamic showcase of portfolio and capability. These designs inevitably launched a portal of creative communication between designers and vendors; with a keen perspective on every aspect of retail. As a company, we work to find the appropriate partners to match our core values. When the decision was made to collaborate with different vendors and create flexible, seasonally-focused displays, our goal was to devise curated moments with the right vendor, emphasizing a specific message.
Because the retail and restaurant design industries are constantly evolving, uncovering new, innovative ways to integrate what’s fresh, what’s trending, and what’s sustainable into the designs we create is paramount. With an eye on everything cutting-edge, Carmen helps to form and facilitate a number of vendor relationships. Her palpable interest in illustrating a variety of capabilities, services, and materials to her fellow Chuties acts as a catalyst to the compelling and award-winning concepts that are presented to every client.
At Chute, the designers begin every engagement with one question: What if? This process was no different. What if we could elevate our vendor-to-agency relationship into a more engaging presentation of what happens when creative thinking and new-aged capabilities come together? What if a space, integrated with its own set of limitations, could act as the challenge for every vendor with whom we planned to partner with? What if the displays changed seasonally to help present a new idea, a new vendor, and present vendor’s product or services in a way that goes beyond storefront and window display?
The first round of ideation began in October, granting enough time to seek out vendors, run an industry audit of successful displays, and delineate seasons to match. With 2019 right around the corner, there was no better time to display “Another Year of Big Ideas” with the first compelling industry vendor, Christine Taylor Collection (CTC).
CTC specializes in creative services, visual merchandising, and packaging for a number of high-profile clients such as Burberry, Tori Burch, Starbucks, Amazon, and Tiffany & Co. With a focus on brand-right aesthetic and foresight of the implementation needed to execute, Robert Grimmett, Senior Business Development professional, not only acted as the experienced liaison between CTC and CG, but also worked diligently to help translate the vision into a reality in four short weeks.