Richard Anderson Bespoke Tailors of Savile Row
Richard Anderson Bespoke Tailors of Savile Row in London has undergone a substantial refurbishment over the last month (without closing for even one day), which included a significant improvement of the existing lighting scheme, now more than 15 years old, and complete change and upgrade of the whole lighting installation. The works are now completed, the appearance of the overall space being fully transformed by the new lighting.
Drawing on the tradition and craftsmanship of Savile Row, Richard Anderson creates suits of life-long quality for modern men and women. Most of the fabrics are of subdued colours with subtle differences in tones and texture, and often of dark hues. Therefore, colour discrimination under artificial lighting was critical.
As the premises include retail showroom space as well as tailors’ working area, lighting needed to respond to both display and task light requirements.
All existing ceiling tungsten halogen lighting has been replaced with warm white LED adjustable downlights with excellent colour rendering, and repositioned to suit optimal offset from the illuminated products. All joinery is with integrated LED linear lighting, fully concealed from view, and again of best possible colour rendering properties.
Special consideration was given to the lighting over cutting/ sewing/ ironing area at the back of the store, which benefits from some natural light from the rooflight. Two linear lighting elements along the wall under the rooflight, a concealed task light to perimeter tables and a cove light highlighting a display of hung pattern pieces, create both the necessary working light and a special interest within the cutting area of the store, fully visible and accessible also by customers.
A new fitting room has been added and the existing one redone to match the new. Custom designed mirrors with integrated lighting and new ceiling mounted ambient lighting enhance the customers’ experience and respond to tailors’ practical needs when fitting garments.
All lighting is controlled via central lighting control system with built in astronomical time clock, enabling scene setting for various times of day, weather conditions and functions.