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Hint hint

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. What do you want to unwrap?

Hint hint

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT_CyUhRe1Y

Remember Harvey Nichols’ award-winning Christmas campaign ‘I Spent It On Myself’? Well this year they’ve extended the refreshingly selfish spirit with a campaign that sees people dropping unsubtle hints about what they really want to unwrap. (Cheers, Andy.)

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A Lidl surprise

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. 

A Lidl surprise

Bare neon bulbs. Simple wooden furniture. And a menu featuring tagliatelle with lobster and truffle oil, smoked reindeer and pickled blackberry, and a panettone bread pudding.

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Walking in a window wonderland

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Courtesy of Santa’s Elmwood elves.

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For some of us, Christmas represents a once-a-year opportunity to place extreme demands upon the National Grid. House exteriors are strung with cascades of Christmas lights, while illuminated reindeer frolic in the garden, looked on by inflatable glowing Santas. In the West Yorkshire village of Saltaire however, residents have joined together and taken a rather more restrained approach.

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If you go down to the woods…

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Only 16 sleeps to go.

If you go down

For some, the mere mention of Christmas is enough to send them running for the basement and closing the door until January. Try that at Leeds Town Hall however and you’ll find yourself descending into a mysterious Christmas netherworld.

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Santa Claus vs the Jolly Toy Scouts

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Are you feeling festive yet?

Jolly Toy Scouts

The Big Guy traditionally holds an unassailable lead when it comes to toy distribution at Christmas. But this year, fast-food giant Jollibee is upping the stakes with the launch of its annual ‘Maaga ang Pasko’ toy collection drive.

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From Christmas waste to Christmas wonderland

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. More to come this week.

Christmas waste 1

Shopping. Giving gifts. Returning gifts to the store. It’s all part of the fun as the holiday season gathers momentum. But there’s an unfortunate consequence to all this. The increase in consumption means the volume of waste we generate around this time of year also rises dramatically. Here at Poke Towers we’re already ankle deep in food packaging and gift wrap. (Business as usual then.)

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Season’s greetings by (robot) hand

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Look out for more throughout December.

Season’s greetings

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to ask the tough questions. Like, who gets onto the Christmas card list this year? The nice cab driver who returned your iPhone last week. Or Julie from Personnel, who was definitely a bit snippy in the elevator this morning. It’s a significant task, sharing the seasonal love, but fortunately help is at hand. A robot hand, to be precise.

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Changing with the seasons

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Look out for more in the coming weeks.

Changing with the seasons

If the holiday season puts you in mind of a cosy mountain retreat with open fires, bare wood walls and an alpine view, then we suggest you head into New York City. Here in a post-industrial gallery space, brand consultant Rachel Schechtman has set up STORY, a store that’s in a perpetual state of flux, with design and merchandise ranges changing completely every few weeks.

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A break from the norm

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Look out for more in the coming weeks.

A break from the norm

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJhB2lPLcmU

This comfy Fairisle sweater. It’s not just a sweater. No. It’s a work of art. It shouldn’t simply be slung over the back of a chair. It deserves to be displayed in a Chelsea art gallery.

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Snow gimmick

Everyone remembers cutting and folding paper to make snowflakes at Christmas. But now Milanese boutique La Rinascente has brought the simplest of yuletide decorations into the 21st century.

Collaborating with designer Moritz Waldemeyer, the store has installed a phygital window display with some 1,300 flakes. Shoppers can download an app called WinterWonder, then bring the display to life with just a few taps.
 

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