arc August/September Issue 111

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Wartski UK The new interior for the Wartski boutique in London is inspired by the brutalist architecture of the antique jewellery’s former location and the National Theatre; the contrasting environment creates a surprise for customers once they walk through the doors of the ornate, classical façade. Illuminationworks developed the lighting for the new boutique, utilising museum quality lighting elements throughout, especially in the wall vitrines, where sources are concealed. The precision and intensity of the lighting makes the merchandise the clear focus throughout. Surface mounted adjustable spotlights from Lucifer Lighting provide general lighting - the minimalist cylindrical fittings balance strong geometry and reinforce the heavy slab and beam appearance of the ceiling. The spotlights are used for accent lighting throughout, and highlight the retractable display shelves at each wall vitrine, where objects are closely inspected by customers. Refined over a series of mock-ups, the wall vitrine lighting operates with great precision, and is comprised of three distinct elements. Four highpowered, adjustable 3000K and 4000K TM Lighting Art Point spotlights are the primary source of object lighting in each case. Warm 3000K lighting accentuates precious gemstones, gold and other warm metals, while the cooler 4000K emphasises diamond clarity and silver pieces. Powered via monopoints, these spotlights can be reconfigured with the different CCT options to reflect specific merchandise being displayed. Next, a bespoke linear washlight from Lightgraphix


with alternating 3000K/4000K sources is located at the front of each case to evenly wash displays and minimise shadows. Positioned above the proscenium, all accent lights are unseen. Finally, a reveal detail outlines the back panel, adding depth to the displays, while accentuating object silhouettes and limiting shadows caused by accent lights. The overall effect is a focused, shadow-free intensity, with the precision normally associated with museum gallery lighting. The vertically oriented vitrines form the focal point of the boutique, acting as a beacon to draw customers into the back of the shop. A reveal detail in the front panels emphasises the geometry of the space, and creates a striking, jewel-like profile. In front of the sales area, integrated linear LED adds localised light and lessens shadows in the long table vitrine. Silver objects displayed in the vitrines with mirrored backs have adapted lighting details to prevent visibility of the sources. On the façade, the Wartski logo is backlit to accentuate the ornate, cursive signature. Surface mounted downlights are located over each door for balance and depth. The window display lighting, also provided by TM Lighting, follows the interior vitrines - 3000K and 4000K alternating spotlights, with a high output version of the mixed CCT front washlight, and a reveal detail to wash the back panel. With more than 150 years as an antique jeweller, Wartski’s new boutique enhances the brand’s storied past, while carrying it into the future.

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