The Windows Challenge buzz is heating up as The New York Times called us yesterday to cover the drama, and we've all been told to show up at 8:30 on Monday morning to oversee the final installation. What else do you want to be doing in January?
We had originally come up with this idea with the people over at Elle Decor as a sort of Battle of the Bands, in which the blog would take on the old guard, but we had no idea that they'd rope in Eddie Ross, who has to be one of the more media friendly picks and not a typical Elle Decor designer. Above and below is a sneak peak of Eddie's window, his inspiration and his bio.
Barely back from my holiday, the new year is rushing ahead with its first big event for Apartment Therapy — we're competing against Eddie Ross (representing Elle Decor) and Eileen Joyce (representing Bloomingdale's) in this year's Big Window Challenge. Starting next Wednesday, all three of our window designs will be on view for two weeks in the main windows at Bloomingdale's and the whole world will get to vote which they like best. I've never stuck my head out this much, so I'm hoping I don't lose.
Last night the polls closed after nearly two weeks of online voting and intense interior design pressure on the streets of New York. We want to thank our three reader/designers and Bloomingdale's for making this possible. Hey, this was a lot of fun. We lived out our dreams, inhabiting some of the most famous windows in the city.
And while we firmly believe that the winners of our Big Window Challenge were ALL THREE designers, the voters ended up choosing 1,2,3 in this way....
www.bigwindowchallenge.com. With every contest we hold we get some outrageous enthusiasm, and we had an overload of it last Thursday in the windows at Bloomingdale's and then afterwards at the bumpin' party on the fifth floor (all pics above). Then over the weekend we found that a few folks had figured out a loophole in our voting system and were voting hundreds of times each!....
Street love, baby! On Thursday we were in the windows at Bloomingdale's most of the day getting people to vote on their favorite window and taking pictures of them when they signaled to us. The pics here are some of the greatest hits from that amazing day. See all the windows and vote here until Thursday night: www.bigwindowchallenge.com. You can also view the special screen that's in the Bloomies windows here: www.bigwindowchallenge.com/main/wide.
5:00 - Hey, I'm sitting in the Bloomingdale's windows right now with Curtis and Jane. These folks are signaling with their fingers which window they like best! See all the windows and vote here: www.bigwindowchallenge.com
4:30 - Hey, I'm sitting in the Bloomingdale's windows right now with Curtis and Jane. These folks are signaling with their fingers which window they like best! See all the windows and vote here: www.bigwindowchallenge.com