The East London Lighting Adventure.
On the 14th of November Amir and I began our east London lighting adventure. We were heading north towards Broadway Market via Hackney Road. Our initial aim was to take some measurements for our new store along Westwood Street, which we are excited to announce will be opening very soon!
Whilst strolling across Hackney we couldn’t resist the delightful distractions of some of the amazing independent store layouts that we passed. Each store was lit up by bright trendy light designs; some that I had never seen before. As a relatively new member of the Cuemars team and a freshman to east London and Hackney, I was delightfully surprised by the Hackney community spirit and the pride in keeping the area independent.
The first stop was for food. After relentlessly moaning about how hungry I was, Amir couldn’t take any more. As I burst through the doors of the stunning Italian Pizza restaurant on borough market, the very first thing that came to my eye was the ceiling interior. It was an industrial work of art. The simplicity of the design spoke a thousand words, who would have known that some hooks a cable and a xl LED light bulb could make such a cool relaxing atmosphere. the attention was quickly moved onto the pizzas that Amir and myself had laid in front of us.
It was not long before we found ourselves in another restaurant, but this time it was not the smell that partly pulled us in; it was the visuals. The lighting in this restaurant was incredible (As you can see through my facial expression) along with the warm welcoming from the restaurant manager. The partnership of the plants, light bulbs and the light shades created an urban forest kind of atmosphere; similar to the Cuemars store. The natural vibe of Tuyo was refreshing. A really relaxing, cool restaurant and if we hadn’t of been drawn in earlier that would have been the place to eat.
After popping into a variety of colourful thrift shops, bookstores and Restaurants we decided to head back to base. It was a cold and miserable outside although the bright lights from the shops kept the streets warm, in fact, it was the light bulbs glow that attracted the two of us towards a beautiful traditional Portuguese café.
The building instantly stood out with its individuality and enchanting artwork covering its semidetached side. We went inside for a chat to find that the interior certainly lived up to expectations.
Using a few ceiling roses spaced along the lengthy interior, the cables were hanging the medium sized bulbs in a perfect symmetrical format. The LED light bulbs inside of the caffe created a homely stay and certainly complimented the vintage Portuguese style. The vintage light bulbs looked particularly nice on a low ceiling. The way that the Lightbulbs reflected off of the wine display is what really made the layout special for me.
Our last stop off was at a well-known salon called Butchers. Butchers is found in Hackney, directly opposite to Cuemars. Butchers is a difficult salon to miss with its LED lighting exterior and its incredible lit up interior. The cutting-edge about Butchers is it unique store layout. Each cable varies in length along with a unique size and shaped LED bulb attachment and what an effect it makes! The store certainly blends into its quirky east London environment whilst giving its own cutting-edge effect. The interior is also accompanied by some amazing plants and vintage magazine; they have certainly created a comfortable and relaxing waiting area.
The adventure came to an end. I have learned a lot about east London on this short trip. We came across some incredible independent stores and spoke to some inspirational founders. Most importantly I’ve seen in first person the raw passion for the survival of the independent business, which for me was a refreshing feeling. For information on any of the lights discussed in this article visit our website or email us.