Three projects demonstrate various aspects
of lighting in retail environments
Bright, White, and Modern at Gee Beauty
Gee Beauty’s salon in Bal Harbour, Fla., the second for the Toronto- based company founded by vet- eran makeup artist and beauty
consultant Miriam Gee, features a pristine
white decor, stylish fittings, and rows of colorful bottles and jars arranged on fixtures
with simple, clean lines. Opened in
September 2011 and located in the upscale
Bal Harbour Shops, the Florida location
combines makeup studio and shop,
designed by Christine Lloyd of Lloyd Ralphs
Design, based in Toronto and Miami.
Because Gee Beauty caters to an affluent and famous clientele, the design
and lighting of the space were critical.
Lighting design company Lynch+Comisso:
Architecture+Light, based in Toronto,
worked with the design firm to achieve a
bright, white, modern environment. The
lighting design firm researched color to
find the color temperature at which people
felt they looked their best when sitting at a
mirror, says Mary Ellen Lynch, principal.
Pendants with warm halogens and custom
lampshades were placed near the mirrors.
Aside from the pendant fixtures, the
lights within the space were supplied
by WAC Lighting, based in Garden City,
N.Y., including miniature recessed halogen luminaires throughout the space.
The company’s Open Reflector halogen
recessed luminaires have a small aperture
and adjustable beam angle, trims are finished in white powdercoat, and the fixtures are unobtrusive on the shop’s ceiling.
For ambient lighting, recessed downlights
use 50-watt MR16 lamps for a clean, crisp
For the salon’s treatment rooms, WAC
provided xenon Button Lights, which have
a low profile and shallow depth and could
be placed under cabinet spaces for a built-in look. The luminaires use 20-watt bi-pin
xenon lamps for low energy consumption
while providing strong task lighting.
To make the cosmetic products pop in
the showroom while keeping the light fix-
tures themselves nearly invisible, WAC’s
InvisiLED Classic tape lights with a 3500K
color temperature were incorporated into
the custom millwork of the narrow shelv-
ing. Many health and beauty products are
heat sensitive, so it was imperative to use
cool-operating LED fixtures.
| Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour, Fla.
General Contracting: Brodson
Construction Inc., Miami
Interior Design: Lloyd Ralphs Design, Miami
Lighting Design: Lynch + Comisso:
Architecture + Light, Toronto
Lighting: Brand Lighting, Miami (distributor);
WAC Lighting, Garden City, N. Y