Issey Miyake Shop in Belgium Lit up with LEDs

Zumtobel’s Brand PR manager Andreas Reimann sheds light on the lights used to brighten up Issey Miyake shop in Antwerp, Belgium in this company blog entry.

Gustav Bruynseraede has fulfilled a lifelong ambition with his single-label boutique on the "Eiermarkt" in the historic centre of the Belgian town of Antwerp. This is where the distinctive collections of the Issey Miyake brand have been exclusively showcased since September 2015. The design of the shop proved to be a major challenge. Every aspect of the plans, including the LED lighting solution from Zumtobel, had to meet the strict requirements of the Tokyo-based fashion brand.

Issey Miyake shop in Antwerp, Belgium lit up with LEDs. (All photos courtesy of Zumtobel)

The shop window presents itself as a showroom. Dynamic light with various brightness levels gives the impression that the distinctive Issey Miyake mannequins are actually moving. © Zumtobel

Gustav Bruynseraede has fulfilled a lifelong ambition with his single-label boutique on the “Eiermarkt” in the historic centre of the Belgian town of Antwerp. This is where the distinctive collections of the Issey Miyake brand have been exclusively showcased since September 2015. The design of the shop proved to be a major challenge. Every aspect of the plans, including the LED lighting solution from Zumtobel, had to meet the strict requirements of the Tokyo-based fashion brand. 

The hard work has definitely paid off for Gustav Bruynseraede. He has always been fascinated by the unique technoid style of Issey Miyake. The Japanese clothing designer and founder of the fashion brand that bears his name is regarded as a true visionary, drawing inspiration from art, architecture and the people he meets. Like no one else before him, Issey Miyake is able to seamlessly combine tradition and innovation, purity and colour, nature and culture, artistic craftwork and advanced technology. Even though he is no longer involved in the day-to-day operational business, Issey Miyake still insists on approving the new designs and defining the brand identity.

Interior of the Zumtobel shop.

Each dummy is highlighted by a pair of accent spotlights from the INTRO lighting system, which is fitted flush into the ceiling. © Zumtobel

Unique shopping experience

The Issey Miyake store presents itself as a shining jewel from outside. A charming contrast is formed by juxtaposing the historic facade with the straight lines of the glass frontage and the modern passageway that leads through to the courtyard. Purism and transparency dominate the interior. This effect is further enhanced by the custom-made furniture crafted using white concrete and sand-blasted glass. This is where the miniaturised MICROTOOLSmodular LED lighting system accentuates specific items and features. Enthralling lighting effects designed to follow a subtle dramatic scheme draw attention to the store, creating a feel-good atmosphere and helping extend the amount of time that the customer is likely to spend browsing.

Even the shop window presents itself as a showroom. Dynamic light with various brightness levels gives the impression that the distinctive Issey Miyake mannequins are actually moving. Each dummy is highlighted by a pair of accent spotlights from the INTRO lighting system, which is fitted flush into the ceiling. One spotlight with a focused distribution and one with floodlight characteristics offer the optimal combination. This vibrant show attracts the attention of passers-by and draws them into the store, where the same staging concept puts the "catwalk" mannequins centre stage. The shop is divided into several zones, which use a network of motion sensors to respond interactively to customer movement in the store with subtle changes in the brightness levels. In this way, customers are escorted by gently dynamic light from the entrance all the way through the clearly defined areas of the world of Issey Miyake. A warm welcome is thereby unconsciously conveyed, raising the likelihood of people spending more time in the store and leading to greater consumer enthusiasm.

The design of the four changing rooms, finished off with four round PANOS infinity downlights, invite customers to try on the designer items. The warm-toned ambient lighting is normally dimmed to 50% luminous flux. When a customer enters this area, a motion sensor detects movement and the lighting solution is adjusted accordingly, creating a feel-good atmosphere. The flattering lighting scenario is further enhanced in the hallway area with the mirrored wall. Square PANOS infinity downlights with tunableWhite technology and an EMOTION touch panel were specifically selected to markedly enhance the retail experience. Sales consultants can use the panel to adjust the brightness and colour temperature of the light to suit different items or to show certain pieces of clothing in a particular light. This ensures the natural presentation of materials and colours.

Mannequins showcasing Issey Miyake latest designs lit up with Zumtobel LED downlights.

The white driver modules of the INTRO system fit adroitly into the ceiling, helping to ensure sufficient general lighting and to focus attention on the latest collections. © Zumtobel

The key to retail success

The consumer experience is playing an increasingly important role when it comes to both achieving success in the retail sector and convincingly expressing a particular brand message. Dutch scientist and artistic engineer Luuk van Laake, founder of the company digiluce, translated store owner Gustav Bruynseraede's initial vision for the lighting arrangement into a conceptual design, crucially adding the element of interaction. This plan was then further refined and finally implemented by the Zumtobel team in Belgium.

The optimal blend of TGRfashion technology, a dynamic LED lighting solution and outstanding energy efficiency meets the high demands of Issey Miyake and was a key factor in helping Gustav Bruynseraede put his faith in the INTRO, PANOS infinity and MICROTOOLS lighting systems from Zumtobel.

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