For their spring 2016 retail display props, Ralph Lauren tasked us with designing and making hot air balloons, sourcing hundreds of wicker baskets and creating New York Subway signs.
Prop process images
We sculpted, moulded and cast over one hundred hot air balloon props in different sizes, which had to be extremely lightweight as they were to be suspended from only a self-adhesive eyelet fixed to the ceiling of the many stores. Once cast, they were painted, and self-adhesive vinyl stripes were applied. The design of the stripes had to be designed in a certain way to make sure they fitted perfectly, not an easy task when applying to a sphere. Each balloon display prop was attached to a wicker basket and netting to give them a vintage look.
The balloon props looked great and were lightweight enough to be suspended from the ceiling, yet sturdy enough to not get damaged once in transit to stores all over Europe.