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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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Christmas is coming… but before that, it’s Halloween!

This year, celebrate Halloween in style with spooky lights and scary-or-fun décor that is guaranteed to appeal to all ages and that creates...
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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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Webinar: From still life to ghost town – Corona and the (inner) city experience

MK Illumination's Karl-Heinz König participated in a webinar with the bcsd (Bundesvereinigung City- und Stadtmarketing Deutschland). His...
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Spread a message of optimism and fill your space with a #SUMMER atmosphere!

As the world slowly emerges from lockdown, cities and public spaces need and want to welcome people back. What better way to do this than by...
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A silver lining for retail spaces in the cloud of Coronavirus / Thomas Mark Opinion

The coronavirus pandemic is having a debilitating effect on the brick-and-mortar retail sector, but it also offers shopping centers, malls,...
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Together we stand, divided we fall

Thomas Mark talks about how an old fable about the importance of unity can help center landlords and tenants thrive in the face of the...
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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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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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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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What’s the color of 2020?

2020 is not far off, so let’s look ahead and think about color and light for the year to come.You’d think that it would be a simple thing...
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How shopping centers can engage communities and win awards with light, design and creative thinking

If you read the news, it can sometimes seem as if we are living in troubling times. Different wants and needs, different perspectives and...
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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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Make your home the talk of the town

As the winter season approaches, along with Christmas and New Year, we’re taking a look at some of the different types of buildings,...
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Telling a story with light in cities

Every city has a story to tell, and it tells its stories in myriad of different ways. The residents of the city have their own stories to...
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Ideas to help you get your festive lighting sorted – at the last minute!

In a panic about festive lighting and want to jump straight to recommendations from our team? Click hereThe winter season is fast approaching...
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MK Illumination UK’s recreation of the logo of London’s premier rooftop bar wows guests

In September, our MK Illumination UK team hosted rooftop sundowners at London’s Aviary bar to mark the opening of the ICSC’s 2019 Retail...
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Three ways to make your city sparkle this winter

Longer nights. Shorter days. Leaves turning gold and dropping from the trees. Yes, summer is over, autumn is underway and Christmas will be...
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How to choose the perfect Christmas tree for the festive season

Choosing the right Christmas tree for home is easy, but when it comes to making a statement, spreading festive cheer and filling a larger...
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Where theming and light collide (Part 2)

Last month we began to explore the benefits of theme parks staying open all year round, and we hinted at that light was the answer. If you...
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Making retail work for everyone

Next month, we’ll be attending the ICSC Retail Innovation Forum and the theme for 2019 is “Making Innovation Work for Everyone”.The...
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Where theming and light collide (Part 1)

If you’re in the theme park business, you’ll know only too well that it costs a great deal of money to run a successful and profitable...
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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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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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What cities and public spaces can learn from theme parks

Like theme parks, cities and public spaces actively run campaigns and organize events to attract both local visitors and travelers. Theme...
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The mixology series: create a successful marketing campaign by adding light to the mix

When it comes to marketing retail spaces and creating engaging campaigns for shopping centers, outlet centers, and malls, we all want to find...
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Spotlight on shopping centers: festive lighting in Finland, Germany, and the UK

This month, we’ll be taking a look at three different approaches to festive lighting in Finland, Germany, and the UK. Each of these centers...
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Light Art, Light Furniture and Safety in Cities

You love the idea of filling your city with public light art that is completely accessible to visitors. You want people of all ages to be...
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The power of placemaking with light

It’s undeniable that online retailers have been game-changers in offering convenience and speed. As a result, today’s shoppers have...
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Festive lighting yields results for restaurants

If you own a restaurant, bar or guesthouse, a busy holiday season is a gift. An endless stream of visitors who actively want to have a good...
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Leisure and light: how to make a statement in your hotel with festive lighting

As we move towards the half-way point of 2019, hotels and other businesses in the leisure and tourism sector will inevitably start turning...
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Christmas is 7 months away. Now is the time to start planning your festive lighting.

Yes, we know – the current trend is to “live in the present and let the future take care of itself”. Whilst that may be a wonderful...
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Celebrating light: International Day of Light 2019

We’re celebrating the International Day of Light for the 4th time since 2015. In 2015, UNESCO brought together hundreds of national and...
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How light art transforms cities and public spaces

Light Art: what is it? In short, it’s a form of art in which light is the main medium of expression – the “star” of the show, so to...
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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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Art imitates life: nature-inspired LEDs

Over the festive season in 2018/2019, our team in China helped Ruihong Tiandi create a series of nature-inspired lighting installations that...
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Water, water, everywhere… gleaming in pools of light!

Water attracts people because humans love and need water. It’s not just us saying this: it turns out that there are scientific reasons that...
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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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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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Forests of Light: Tree-inspiration

Today is the International Day of Forests, and although we don’t do much in the way of lighting up forests (which of course have their own...
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How to create a summer attraction using festive lighting that looks great day and night

Summer is on its way but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to turn off the lights. The right lighting creates a magical atmosphere and...
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Lighting up the night for Ramadan

From sunrise to sunset, millions of Muslims around the world fast for the holy month of Ramadan. As soon as the sun sets, however, cities and...
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Spring is in the air. It’s time to create an experience…

Officially, spring doesn’t start until March 20th this year in the Northern Hemisphere, but here in Innsbruck, the air has a particular...
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Keeping Seefeld bright for the 2019 FIS Nordic Ski Championships

It’s not every year that a town gets to host an event like the FIS Nordic Ski Championships, but the Austrian town of Seefeld has played...
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Thinking differently: an interview with MK Illumination’s Klaus Mark and Georg Öhler

Being extraordinary is essential in a globalized world where ideas and aesthetics are becoming more uniform. Courage, creativity, and the...
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Helping Westgate Shopping City, the largest shopping center in continental Europe, drive footfall over the festive season

Westgate Shopping City (Westgate) is based in Zagreb, Croatia, and it is the largest shopping center in continental Europe, poised to become...
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World-class production facility in the Philippines: an interview with René Hansen

Today we talked to René Hansen, the managing director of MK Themed Attractions, to learn more about our new production facility in the...
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Exploring MK Illumination’s Enchanted Forest at Christmasworld

Today, we’ll be focusing on the Enchanted Forest, a hidden world of fantastic beasts, soaring birds, magical places to rest, and curious...
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Join us on a tour of MK Illumination’s extraordinary festive lighting designs at Christmasworld 2019

We’ll be discussing each of our designs in depth over the next couple of days, so here’s a visual tour to whet your appetite.We start in...
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The great reveal: welcome to The Enchanted Forest

After weeks of teasing you, we’re finally at Christmasworld and for those of you who aren’t able to join us this week, we thought we give...
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Using light and decoration to celebrate Lunar and Chinese New Year

Next week on January 28th, millions of people around the world will start preparation for the Chinese New Year, which in 2019 officially...
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MK Illumination at Christmasworld in years gone by

This year, we’re bringing an extraordinary display to Christmasworld 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, but if you’re not familiar with our...
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Turn Valentine’s Day into a sparkling, love-filled attraction this year with light

It is said that during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II it was illegal for young men to marry their beloveds because the Emperor was...
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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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Eastwood City’s Enchanted Forest of Lights

Earlier this month, Manila’s Eastwood City unveiled it’s 2018 holiday lighting and décor to the delight of excited visitors. This...
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Yuletide festivities at City of Dreams Manila

City of Dreams Manila is a luxury integrated resort, hotel and casino in the Philippines. In order to transform their space for the festive...
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Denmark’s largest 3D light sculpture stag puts a smile on people’s faces in Ringsted

Over the festive season, some people decorate their houses and gardens with strings of lights and light sculptures. Others, like MK...
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London’s Westfield Shopping Center gets its “sparkle on” for Christmas

Every year, Westfield Shopping Center in West London puts on its Christmas sparkle and “wows” visitors with a dazzling display of lights....
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Innsbruck’s “Kaufhaus Tyrol” full of festive flair for the holidays

If you’re in Innsbruck over the holidays – and you might want to be in order to take in the stunning views, atmospheric Christmas markets...
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Experience Stuttgart’s extraordinary festive light show this winter

This year, we’re helping the Germany city of Stuttgart create a lighting spectacle in Schlossplatz that’s sure to take your breath away...
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Stunning Christmas Lighting at Short Notice: Part 2

In our post on Stunning Christmas Lighting at Short Notice, our team in Germany gave us some great ideas and input on the top three products...
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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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Festive lighting that continues to deliver well into the new year

When we talk about “festive lighting”, most people tend to think that we’re talking purely about Christmas lighting. Sure, Christmas...
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Stunning Christmas Lighting at Short Notice

We live in a busy world. Although we always suggest that customers contact us at the start of the year so that we can plan a show-stopping...
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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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Retail Real Estate Inspiration in Canada

The holiday season is vital to shopping centers, malls and retail spaces worldwide, so it’s essential to get your Christmas lighting and...
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Hygge in Denmark’s Tivoli Friheden

Tivoli Friheden (Tivoli Gardens) is an amusement park and pleasure garden in Aarhus, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the...
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Grottos in shopping centers

Incorporate a Christmas grotto into your shopping center’s festive lighting and decorative display this year to excite, delight, and...
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Flagship Store Salvatore Ferragamo

A special brand experienceFestive lighting isn’t simply a nice-to-have. For many businesses, festive lighting is a way of communicating...
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A magical Christmas experience at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

This is part of our series of “festive season inspiration”. Today, we’ll be taking a look at how a magnificent 17th century French...
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Scaling down: Christmas lighting doesn’t have to be big to be spectacular

Christmas and holiday lighting is a big draw for shopping centers, public places, cities and any retail space, amusement park or leisure...
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Weihnachten im Juli?!

Wenn Sie in der nördlichen Hemisphäre zu Hause sind, haben sie wahrscheinlich gerade den Sommerbeginn gefeiert. Sie genießen hoffentlich...
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A Delightful Fright: Attract Visitors with your Halloween Celebration

Halloween – also known as Hallowe’en (short for All Hallows’ Evening), Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve – falls...
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It’s time to start planning your festive lighting. Here are some ideas to get you started.

The school holidays are only weeks away, and by the time they’re over, the holiday season will be just around the corner. This is a...
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Lighting up our lives: why light is so important to humans

It’s easy to take light for granted. After all, it surrounds us. Today we’ll explore why light is important to us, and how shopping...
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Turning shopping centers into destinations using experience lighting

A shopping center (or mall, in the USA) is defined by Wikipedia as a place in which: “one or more buildings form a complex of shops...
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Five good reasons to decorate corporate lobbies over the festive season

Last month, we wrote about corporate lobby decoration and lighting, and the value of decorating your lobby for the festive season. We...
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Custom-designed experience lighting that “speaks” to visitors

Nelson Mandela once famously said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his...
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Festive lighting and decoration in corporate lobbies

Festive lighting and decoration in corporate lobbiesCorporate “what” decoration? Lobby. For those unfamiliar with the term, a “lobby”...
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A celebration of romantic love

“Be my valentine” is a commonly heard phrase as the February 14th comes around, but did you know that it has a confusion of origins?A...
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