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Case study: BECKER INTERIOR, Cologne (DE)
A new spatial feeling – thanks to light on vertical surfaces. All images: Elmar Botschen
A new spatial feeling – thanks to light on vertical surfaces. All images: Elmar Botschen

Emotional, efficient and wirelessly controlled – how light gives an interior design showroom a new look.

Above: Hierarchies of perception – light directs the gaze. All images: Elmar Botschen,

When the products on sale are all about good design, the demands on the lighting are particularly high, especially when the lighting system is upgraded. With state-of-the-art LED lighting technology and technical highlights such as wireless control via Bluetooth, the new lighting concept is a shining example of how premises can be given a new look and a new atmosphere with light.

Above: Smart luminaire with an elegant design and a cool finish. Ontero IC with CASAMBI  control and metallic surfaces.

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring is regarded as Cologne’s “furniture mile”. Becker Interior stands out among the furniture stores and showrooms of renowned brands located there. Interior designer Jan Becker, who is the 4th generation manager of this family business with a history dating back over 100 years, designs individual, exclusive interiors for his clients, which are created with his own workshops and in cooperation with craftsmen.

With its glass front and entrance extending over two storeys, the premises of the 550 square metre store in Cologne are spacious and timelessly modern. The side walls, uniformly illuminated from a height of 6 metres, enable the dimensions of the architecture to be experienced in their entirety. The interior and pieces on display are sculpted by luminaires with narrow-beam distribution. The depth of the room can be seen from outside through the glass façade.

The new lighting concept uses the existing tracks as a flexible infrastructure for spotlights and floodlights from the ID series because the concrete ceilings in the showroom also contain heating circuits as activated components which meant that a completely new installation was not needed.

Above the gallery of the showroom, Ontero IC spotlights provide lighting and add design highlights. They boast an elegant and compact form with the flush intrack adapter and a distinctive design with striking metal surfaces – like those also found on the Pendiro IC pendant luminaires in the shop window.

Not only does the reduced general lighting result in energy savings of more than 50%; less power and lower electricity consumption enables contrasting lighting accents to be created. The Bluetooth LE components for wireless control integrated in the luminaires facilitate operation and allow a wide range of lighting scenarios to be configured and accessed efficiently and conveniently from a tablet or smartphone.

Existing recessed luminaires for general lighting were refitted with LED lamps and also integrated into the wirelessly controlled lighting scenarios via Bluetooth-capable dimmers, buttons and switches. Automatic, timer-controlled switching between day and night scenarios can also be implemented with the control system.

With its combination of general lighting, accent lighting provided by spotlights and decorative luminaires for the display, the new lighting concept for Becker Interior strikes an individual balance between these three central lighting components – fully in the spirit of lighting design pioneer Richard Kelly.

“We were not offered luminaires, but rather light,” is how the client describes the approach of the lighting experts.

Lighting supplier: BARO Lighting (UK) Ltd
Rutherford House
Warrington Road
Warrington WA3 6ZH
T: 0845 519 2154


Principal: Becker Interior

Products: Ontero IC, Ontero ID, Pendiro IC

Light colours: 927,  830


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