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Illuminationworks light Paul Edmonds in Battersea, London

Fashionable hair and beauty brand Paul Edmonds has opened its Battersea location occupying a prime site opposite the much-loved Grade II listed industrial landmark, the Battersea Power Station. The lighting design of the expansive salon, created by Illuminationworks, balances specific technical requirements of the stylists such as precision cutting and colour mixing, with luxurious atmosphere and calming mood.

Illuminationworks collaborated closely with architects Waldo Works to create this second location for the Paul Edmonds brand. The design takes cues from the modernity, industrial materials and elegance of the era when the main structure of the Power Station was built.

A slatted ceiling design was developed with the architect to hide services. Pendant mounted track with LED spotlights is integrated into the ceiling to obscure visibility of the light sources. High colour rendering LED modules illuminate the customers hair for cutting, styling, and colour procedures. Medium beam spread allows the light intensity to be focused where it is needed and still provide a soft, flattering effect.

Each station mirror has a single custom decorative glowing light fitting on one side to provide shadow – free lighting on the customer’s face. Linear LED is integrated into the ribbed glass fins that divide each station. The reveal lighting effect adds additional light to delineate each station and balance the effect on the customer’s face. The lighting creates scattered effects in the ribbed glass highlighting one of the many industrial references used in the interior.

High colour rendering LED sources are employed throughout for the best appearance of clients in a beauty environment. This is especially important for the critical colour mixing area and for insuring hair colours are as intended before leaving the salon.

Indirect light coves add additional ambient lighting to the barber and hair washing areas. In the latter, this adequately lights the space for the intended function in comfort without having the customer lying back looking directly into downlights.

Hospitality lighting effects are engaged in other areas in the salon, such as reception and the customer restrooms. Decorative pendants, sconces, and portable floor lamps, are used to create a relaxing environment. Linear LED is discreetly integrated into the reception merchandising shelves in an unusual vertical, asymmetric detail. This indirect light focuses light on beauty merchandise and envelopes the waiting customer in soft ambient lighting.

With the salon open well into the evening, the client wanted versatility and a dynamic quality to attract passersby at various times. Colour-changing linear LED is integrated into the industrial facade. The effect helps to emphasise the panelled design and is programmed to subtly change from cool to warm colours throughout the day.

With the salon open well into the evening, the client wanted versatility and a dynamic quality to attract passersby at various times. Colour-changing linear LED is integrated into the industrial facade. The effect helps to emphasise the panelled design and is programmed to subtly change from cool to warm colours throughout the day.

A dimming system allows for the salon to lower light intensity during late afternoon hours and again into the evening. This is especially important in winter months when an interior space feel very bright when walking in off the darkened street. There are overrides for cocktail parties and private events.

The stunning second location for Paul Edmonds reflects the character and ethos of the stylist himself, that of a welcoming host with elements of surprise and a distinct individuality.

Photo credit: Ben Anders

https://www.illuminationworks.com/

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