Appointments yet to be made on Liberty redesign

A host of design jobs are still up for grabs at luxury London department store Liberty, with interiors, graphics, lighting and signage work yet to be assigned.

Liberty says it has not decided whether to appoint incumbent interiors group 20/20 to refurbish its Tudor Building, which could open up opportunities for retail interior design consultancies.

20/20 is redesigning interiors for Liberty’s Regent Street building, due to open in February 2002.

A decision is also yet to be made on graphic and lighting design appointments for the older Tudor Building on Great Marlborough Street.

20/20 may undertake graphic design work and signage for Regent Street, but a decision has not yet been made, says Liberty head of marketing Sarah Shaw.

Shaw confirms that Liberty’s identity will remain unchanged ‘for the moment’. ‘The existing identity works well,’ she adds.

Meanwhile, lighting design group Into is finalising initial concepts this week for the interior lighting design of Liberty’s Regent Street building, following its appointment earlier this month.

The consultancy is awaiting planning permission from Westminster City Council on its external lighting concepts. A decision is due imminently.

The brief is to reflect the Liberty heritage and its oriental past, says Into creative director Russell Lipscombe. Details on the lighting are still under wraps, but Into is incorporating quirky elements to ‘create a wow factor’, he says.

Into designers Duncan Hamilton and Xavier Fulbright will be working under Lipscombe on the lighting project.

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