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Grand Gateway


Arc: June/July 2020

When illuminating The Newt in Somerset, a newly-renovated country estate, Illuminationworks called on fixtures from Lucifer Lighting to help create a unified aesthetic across the property.

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7 Rules for Lighting Hair Salons


Lux Review: 04 September 2019

Top lighting designer Chad Rains of independent consultancy Illuminationworks has been shortlisted for a Lux Award 2019 for his work on the Battersea Power Station branch of fashionable hair stylist Paul Edmonds. Here he reveals his top seven rules for lighting hair salons.


Spotlight: Wartski UK


Arc: 28 August 2019

The new Wartski boutique interior is inspired by the brutalist architecture of the antique jewellery’s former location and The
National Theatre; the contrasting environment creates a surprise for customers once they walk through the doors of the

ornate, classical façade.

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Illuminationworks Lights Paul Edmonds

in Battersea, London


Illumni: 24 May 2019

Fashionable hair and beauty brand Paul Edmonds has opened its Battersea location. 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.


Waldo Works Designs Wartski's New London Boutique Using the Golden Ratio


Interior Design: 11 February 2019

Founded in 1865 in North Wales, the venerable Wartski is a dealer of antique Russian artwork, particularly those by Carl Fabergé, and the jeweler to the British royal family. It’s fitting then that architecture studio Waldo Works centered the design on a time-honored concept: the golden ratio.

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Collaboration with Architects for Specialist Lighting Design


Leaf Review: 25 May 2018

Andrea Valentino talks to Chad Rains, founder and creative director of Illuminationworks, about his early arrival onto the lighting design scene, the importance of emerging technologies, and how close collaboration with architects is crucial.

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Light Up the World


Hotel Management International: Winter 2017

An interview with Chad Rains, founder and creative director of Illuminationworks, about his studio's extensive work within the international hospitality scene.

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Projects: 21c Museum Hotel - Nashville


Interior Design: 24 September 2017

Deborah Berke Partners designs seventh 21C Museum Hotels outpost in Nashville.

Q+A: Wave Makers


Boutique Design: 28 July 2017

Three top-tier lighting designers offer illuminating insights into how they help switch on memorable hospitlality environments.

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The Luxury of Tax


Darc Magazine: 13 September 2016

The Selfridges International Tax Lounge in London brings luxurious surroundings to its customers through detailed design.

Providing an ambience similar to that of a business lounge at an airport, the new International Tax Lounge at Selfridges, London, is the first of its kind in the UK.

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Projects: 21c Museum Hotel - Oklahoma City


Interior Design: 26 August 2016

Deborah Berke revs up a historic Ford Model T plant for

21C Museum Hotel Oklahoma City.


Balancing Act


Design Curial: 18 April 2016

Chad Rains, founder and creative director of Illuminationworks, looks at the pivotal role of lighting design in retail branding.


Selfridges International Services Lounge by Illuminationworks


Illumni: 01 March 2016

Working closely with the architect and interior designer for the scheme Waldo Works, Illuminationworks has created a lighting scheme that brings a hotel‐style environment to the heart of one of London's most iconic stores. 



Lighting Scheme for Hardy Amies by Illuminationworks, London – UK


Retail Design Blog: 08 October 2015

Illuminationworks creates luxury atmosphere with an all-LED lighting solution at the new Hardy Amies flagship on Savile Row in London. IW have developed a warm, well-integrated scheme bringing new technologies to the heritage brand.


The Beaumont by Illuminationworks


Illumni: 07 October 2015

The brief for the lighting design at The Beaumont ‐ the first hotel by Corbin & King, the London restaurateurs behind The Wolseley and a number of other leading restaurants in the capital – was demanding and complex.


Hardy Amies by Illuminationworks


Illumni: 31 August 2015

The new Hardy Amies flagship store located at number 8 Savile Row is a thoroughly modern space that manages to perfectly encapsulate London’s dynamic and embraces every aspect of modern city living. 


2015: The Year of Light


Retail Focus: 14 April 2015

With 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, it seems fitting we take a look at what's new in this thriving sector. Lyndsey Dennis speaks with several specialist retail lighting designers, including Chad Rains, founder and creative director of Illuminationworks.



Lighting Design Awards 2014 Highly Commended Retail: Smythson by Illuminationworks


Illumni: 28 March 2014

Illuminationworks was asked to design the lighting for an update to an iconic British brand’s flagship store on New Bond Street.  

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A Wardrobe Makeover: Marc by Marc Jacobs' Showroom Gets an Update


Interior Design: 01 April 2012

Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects blew open the floor plan, tearing down walls to liberate the run of windows along the rear-a move that meant locating executive offices elsewhere. He also demolished a restroom hogging another luminous corner.


Design Boom My Boon, Seoul


Designboom: 08 December 2012

New York-based firm Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects have recently completed ‘My Boon‘ a 6,700 square foot lifestyle boutique in Seoul’s Gangnam neighborhood. The retail space is divided into three zones; fashion, apparel and footwear; a juice bar and cafe; and a gallery featuring personal accessories and objects.


Retail Facilities: My Boon, Seoul


ArchiExpo: 26 November 2012

A social space that encourages visitors to interact with the objects of the space turning the typical consumer experience into a social experience.



Speciality Apparel: Marc Jacobs Collection, Chicago


VMSD: 29 April 2010

Custom touches befit this store’s setting inside the new Elysian luxury hotel.

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