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Press: London Lighting Designer Illuminationworks in the Spotlight for Innovation


Grand Gateway
Arc: June/July 2020

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

The Newt Hammam
Arc Cover


7 Rules for Lighting Hair Salons
Lux Review: 04 September 2019

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

Paul Edmonds Battersea Station

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 do
ors of the

ornate, classical façade.

Arc Cover Wartski

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.

Paul Edmonds Battersea

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.

ID Magazine


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.

Beaumont Hotel Bar


Light Up the World
Hotel Management International: Winter 2017

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


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 hospitality environments.

21C OKC Bar


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 Iounge is the first of its kind in the UK.


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.

Interior Design Magazine

Balancing Act
Design Curial: 18 April 2016

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

Marc Jacobs Cafe

Selfridges International Services Lounge by Illuminationworks
Illumni: 01 March 2016

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

Selfridges Lounge


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.

Hardy Amies Savile Row

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.

The Beaumont Entrance

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. 

Hardy Amies Boutique

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 London lighting designer Illuminationworks.

Hardy Amies


Lighting Design Awards 2014 Highly Commended Retail: Smythson by Illuminationworks
Illumni: 28 March 2014

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



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.

Marc Jacobs Showroom

Design Boom My Boon, Seoul
Designboom: 08 December 2012

New York-based firm Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects completed
‘My Boon‘ a 6,700 squa
re foot lifestyle boutique in Seoul’s Gangnam neighborhood. The retail space contains a gallery featuring personal accessories and objects.

My Boon Seoul

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.

My Boon


Speciality Apparel: Marc Jacobs Collection, Chicago
VMSD: 29 April 2010

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

Marc Jacobs Chicago

Illuminationworks: Your London Lighting Designer

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