Optelma has designed and manufactured the lighting for the new Universal Works store, at Coal Drops Yard, a landmark development and conversion of two 19th century railway buildings in Kings Cross, London.
The brief was to create a simple, contemporary design for the menswear store, which was sympathetic to the historic building. Optelma worked with lighting designer Inessa Demidova, and architect Studio MUTT, to design an elegant, bold lighting solution, that successfully enhances the industrial character of the archway space.
Optelma’s Roks mini profile, suspended in bays as two parallel lines, creates uniform, bright light from a discreet and unimposing profile. The cool linear lines create a modern feel, offering a refreshing alternative to the warm spotlights typically used in retail environments. The long, linear fittings sit between Victorian cast iron beams, exaggerating the grid of the building and complementing the other large sculptural insertions, which include a theatrical full-height mirrored wall, green metal hanging and shelving, and monumental red cedar wooden display blocks.
Commenting on the success of the project, Studio MUTT said:
‘Optelma’s linear profile complements the industrial character of Coal Drops Yard and the excellent design quality of the Universal Works brand. We wanted the lighting to have the same monumental appearance as the other insertions in the space, and we worked closely with Inessa Demidova and Optelma’s bespoke service to modify their Roks profile and create bespoke sculptural fittings for the space. This is our second collaboration with Universal Works and Optelma, following the Soho store at 26 Berwick Street, and we look forward to working with Optelma again in the future.’
CLIENT: Universal Works
ARCHITECT: Studio MUTT
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Inessa Demidova
LIGHTING MANUFACTURE & DESIGN: Optelma
CONTRACTOR: 19 (joinery); Five Star (electrical services); Coolaction (mechanical services)
PHOTOS: FRENCH + TYE