#Articles

#Awards

Westfield Mall of Scandinavia’s “Wow, vinterlandskap” nominated for Swedish Design Prize

Working with MK Illumination Sweden, the center’s remarkable winter landscape concept from 2019 was modern, stylish, brave, and above all,...
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#Retail Real Estate

Why Christmas needs to be the main event for shopping centers and retail spaces in 2020

The bottom line: COVID-19 has changed the world. People feel unsure and unsafe, but they still want to come together and share memorable...
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Using lights to create a beacon of hope and gratitude in Szeged, Hungary

During times like the Coronavirus crisis, showing solidarity, offering residents optimism, and showing gratitude and respect to the many...
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Make Christmas 2020 a reason for folks to “shop local”

In a world where Greta Thunberg has made everyone from parents to policymakers, politicians to pre-teens take notice of the environmental...
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#Articles

Light, décor and the economics of Christmas

If you work in the retail real estate business, you’ll be only too aware of the role of the Christmas season when it comes to giving sales...
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#Public Spaces

How light can play a part in engaging locals and visitors alike in your city

This year’s CEMR (Congress of European Municipalities and Regions) congress will take place in Innsbruck, and the theme is “Local Action....
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#Retail Real Estate

Why a visit from Santa should be part of your shopping center’s Christmas experience this year

In many countries, a visit to Santa during the run-up to Christmas is a must for families with young children. A “live Santa” visit can...
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#Shopping Centers

Get more results for your shopping center’s festive lighting budget with multi-season coverage

If you think that festive lighting should be relegated to the 6-or-so weeks between the end of November and beginning of January, we...
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#Public Spaces

Creating atmosphere at Christmas markets yields measurable results

In 2019, we once again observed the power of Christmas markets to draw visitors, not only locals but out-of-towners, too. This reinforced the...
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#Shopping Centers

Setting shopping centers alight: why festive lighting is a crucial part of Christmas campaigns

It might feel as if Christmas is far behind us, but in actual fact, it’s looming in front of us. In a mere 11 months, the silly season will...
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#Public Spaces

How light art electrifies public spaces – over Christmas and throughout the year

Public spaces and public art go hand, but spending public money on light art, light sculptures and other types of public art  can sometimes...
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#Light Parks

Behind the scenes at Joburg Zoo’s “Festival of Lights”

In November and December, two of our brand new Light Parks and one Light Festival opened their doors to visitors: GaPa Funkelland in...
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#Light Parks

Behind the scenes at the Light Park: Haldenzauber

As you probably know by now, two of our brand new Light Parks and one Light Festival have opened their doors to visitors: GaPa Funkelland in...
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#Cities

3 different approaches to making cities SHINE this festive season

Every city is unique: it has own particular culture, style, architecture and way of doing things. That’s why every city deserves a...
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#Retail Real Estate

Using light to control visitor flow at IFC mall Seoul

A few months ago, we spoke about how shopping centers can use a trail of light to control visitor flow AND create an interactive experience...
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#Light Parks

Behind the scenes at the Light Park: how we bring Light Parks to life

Over the last two weeks, two of our brand new Light Parks and one Light Festival have opened their doors to visitors: GaPa Funkelland in...
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#Retail Real Estate

Creating emotive experiences with light

Have you ever wondered why some memories can stay vivid for years while others fade with time? The answer is emotion. According to scientists...
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#Public Spaces

Illuminated animals move into the Joburg Zoo for the Festival of Lights

On 1st December 2019, Joburg Zoo—in partnership with City Power, Joburg Theatre, City Parks and MK Illumination—will be launching a...
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#Retail Real Estate

Make fashion festive in the New Year

Ideas and inspiration to support fashion-driven shopping center and retail marketing campaignsIf you’re in retail, manage a shopping center...
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#Public Spaces

Don’t miss: Lumiere Vancouver’s brand new light sculpture

Vancouver, Canada is a year-round destination for visitors but in November, something rather special takes place: Lumiere Vancouver. This...
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#Light Festivals

Japan’s Festa Luce Light Parks: and then there were two!

If you’re in Japan over the festive season this year, you’re in for a treat. Festa Luce in Wakayama Marina City will be back again for...
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#Light Festivals

Part of the delight comes from… the light!

Here at MK Illumination, we love light in all its forms (although we’re particularly passionate about energy-efficient LEDs for obvious...
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#Light Festivals

Zoo Lights: the phenomenon that turns zoos – and other wildlife spaces! – into visitor attractions at night

We’ve written about the power of Light Parks as visitor attractions in the past, and today we want to focus on a particular type of Light...
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#Retail Real Estate

Festive lighting at Schultheiss Quartier helps people “rediscover Moabit””

Berlin’s newest shopping center, the Schultheiss Quartier, wanted their first Christmas of trading to give shoppers a warm welcome and many...
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#Retail Real Estate

Case Study: Seven Years of Festive Flair at Mahon Point

Mahon Point Shopping Center in Cork, Ireland has been working with MK Illumination Ireland since 2008 to fill its space with light,...
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#Light Festivals

Turn your public space into a light park that attracts visitors, whatever the time of year

Festive lighting over the Christmas period is often a given for cities, towns, and public spaces, but how can you attract visitors in the...
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#Retail Real Estate

Case Study: A year of love in Sweden’s Väla Centrum

Väla Centrum (Väla) is an award-winning shopping center based on the outskirts of Helsingborg in Sweden. It’s a popular attraction for...
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#Retail Real Estate

Case Study: Harnessing the power of light at Westfield London

2018 was a landmark year for Westfield London. After embarking on a £600 million retail expansion that launched in March 2018, the center...
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#Leisure

Wild about lights this Christmas

Are you wild about festive lighting? If the answer is yes, then you’ll want to visit ZSL London Zoo and Copenhagen Zoo this season. Both...
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#Light Festivals

Festa Luce: European Christmas Light Festival in Japan Opening Soon

For the second year running, Japan’s Wakayama Marina City will be opening its doors and giving visitors a taste of Christmas in Europe at...
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#Festivals

Haldenzauber: a magical, light-filled experience in Hückelhoven for all ages

This month’s city inspiration is Hückelhoven’s “Haldenzauber”, which will transform a popular summer walking space known as...
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