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Barneys New York honored for innovative lighting

BY Marianne Wilson

Specialty luxury retailer Barneys New York has been recognized for the lighting design at its new downtown flagship in New York City.

Barneys took home an Award of Excellence at the 34th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Designed by Cooley Monato Studio, the lighting allows the space to feel cohesive, spacious and dynamic despite such challenging existing conditions as irregular column grids and low ceiling heights. Barneys' contemporary and upscale identity is expressed through a rich material palette accentuated entirely by LED lighting.

Apertures in the ceiling were specifically placed, not tied to a rigid grid and always keeping flexibility in mind. By using recessed, regressed, beveled trims, the ceiling apertures practically disappear from view. Millwork lighting allows for reduced energy use by lighting product from a close proximity.

The men’s and women’s floors have distinctive, curved, illuminated ceiling pop-up coves (‘amoebas’) to provide ambient light, visual interest, and a little breathing room to the low ceilings. Accent light fixtures on the ceiling provide light that bounces off the glossy metal, organically shaped display tops to create golden patterns above.

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