A stunning apartment with 360 degree views across London provides an impressive backdrop for this case study. When the homeowner initially moved into this property there was no smart lighting control system installed, just simple rocker switches. Keen to have greater control over the lighting, install and control automated blinds, whilst creating mood lighting scenes that would complement the luxury specification of the apartment, Rako was selected as the perfect lighting control partner.

Interior design specialist Emilie Dufva Barreca was enlisted to curate the interior design throughout the apartment with the homeowner’s brief to create a space ‘to be lived in’. Natural materials, including wood and leather provide a comfortable, inviting home that is further enhanced by the lighting design.

With low level, indirect lighting crafted into the skirting boards and under the windowsills around the apartment, greater flexibility is provided for lighting scenes creating a warm ambience across all rooms. The lighting design also incorporates coffer lighting, table lamps, downlights and a number of picture lights highlighting original artwork, with a striking bespoke pendant fitting spanning more than two metres over the dining table.

Originally installed in 2017, Rako’s wireless system was specified as the small wireless modules are a great solution where installation space is limited as they could be easily distributed across the apartment, behind light fittings and in the ceiling. In late 2020 the apartment underwent a further refurbishment after experiencing construction issues. With the Rako wireless system already installed, the homeowner was able to utilise these existing modules whilst adding additional circuits to the system and upgrading from Rako’s Classic keypads to the elegant, all metal EOS keypads in mirrored stainless steel to complement the interior design. The ability to add more circuits of lighting and freestanding lamps to the Rako system is a real benefit and demonstrates the flexibility of the system.

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May 2024 issue

2024 A1 Buyers Guide