Working

How Does a Christmas Window Designer Do His Job?

Meet Quinn O’Sullivan, the man behind some of New York’s most magical Christmas displays.

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For decades, strolling along New York City’s Fifth Avenue during the holidays has meant being surrounded by the most magical window displays imaginable. And Spaeth Design is part of the reason why. The company behind the amazing displays for the city’s biggest stores has been around for more than 60 years.

And production director Quinn O’Sullivan is the man who makes it happen. Quinn has been helping to design and produce window displays for Spaeth since 2000. He’s worked on projects for all the major windows including Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Henri Bendel, and Tiffany & Co. Quinn tells Jordan about his background in set design, the elaborate planning that goes into his displays, and what it takes to stay excited about Christmas for nine months of the year.

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Podcast production by Jessamine Molli.