All eyes were on the opening of Selfridges’ new optical destination, the final part of the store’s magnificent Accessories Hall makeover. Working alongside Alex Cochrane Architects and FDA we created an entirely LED lighting scheme that exudes high-end, to do justice to the specs and sunnies, and each element of the luxury interior design.
To fulfil the brief we focused on integrating light into joinery, walls, feature display cases, shelving and mirrors. The geometrically-shaped display cases within the walls are a favourite of ours – indirect lighting details emphasise the features’ forms and draw attention to the glasses. They have a big impact on the space along with the bespoke circular mirrors, which are surrounded by a delicate line of light that provides the perfect amount of vertical illumination onto the face, without creating shadows. Intricate lighting details continue in the luxury area’s display cabinets: to complement and highlight the opulent merchandise we used tiny spotlights that are almost jewel-like.
Throughout the retail area the lighting is purposely refined and low contrast. The result is a space that’s bright and well illuminated with ambient and flattering light levels.
Away from the retail floor the luxurious experience continues in the optical and consultation rooms, which have a calm, relaxing feel, some with a stylish, completely blue interior. Here we used a mix of low light lights, task lighting and downlights, with a lighting control system in some areas so the lighting can be modified as required.
Images: © James French
— Anna Sandgren