Usherette display unit for Mathers Ices in Brighton

/Usherette display unit for Mathers Ices in Brighton
Usherette display unit for Mathers Ices in Brighton

Project Description


This is my mannequin display unit made for Mathers Ice Cream in Brighton’s Open Market off London Road.

I was asked by Mr Mathers (or Brett for short) if I could come up with an eye-catching display unit for his homemade fudge & chocolate. Funnily enough I already had an idea for a mannequin display modelled on the old usherettes from the early days of cinema & I had been waiting for the right opportunity to unleash it!

Brett was open to cool & unusual ideas, which is always great for a designer!

I got to work using salvaged materials to build her from – the actual mannequin is old shop dummy, the same kind you see in shop windows sporting the latest apparel. She had to be cut a bit but she kept pretty still.

She is supported by a fence post which I’ve aged & stained & she is finished with copper leaf. I wanted to make her look vintage, like she’d been through the wars a bit so the finish of all the materials is stained & aged to match the theme in the ice-cream parlour. The display’s base is a reclaimed metal floor tile, the kind they use under carpets in office blocks, I attached wheels with breaks so Brett could easily move her about. Her wooden tray & the shelves underneath are all bespoke & handmade by myself to fit perfectly & be easily removable.

Her head is a chalk board so the latest specials can be showcased daily.

She is a sturdy eye-catcher taking centre stage in the parlour, pop down & give her a look over & get yourself a nice coffee & ice-cream while you’re at it!

If you are looking for something awesome & eye-catching for your business get in touch via the contacts page.

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