Patissier and chocolatier Thierry Bamas is a master of his craft. He has won numerous awards, for example at the Gelato World Cup in Rimini and competition titles such as “France’s best craftsman”. Thierry Bamas sells his sweet creations in several shops in the Basque region of France – and in the latest branch he presents his future vision for the world of fine pastries and sweet delicacies.
The branch in the seaside resort of Biarritz features a completely new design concept: here customers find avantgarde shop architecture rather than nostalgia, created by the interior designers from MoMa in Lyon. Futuristic refrigerated cabinets and a ceiling sculpture with a similar design dominates the room, their prismatic surfaces made of the seamless solid surface material Krion gleam in fruity orange. Bright wall and ceiling panels featuring openwork graphic ornaments are defining features of the interior design. Contrasting with this are the flooring and the fronts of the sideboards in a natural wood look. The transparent shop front made entirely of glass creates an open atmosphere and presents the futuristic interior to passers-by like a large display case.
Spectrally optimised for rich, fresh colours
Creating the right lighting concept for such experimental interior design was no easy task – especially as Bamas’ creations themselves shine in all kinds of different colours: from the gold and brown tones of the pastries and chocolate to the fresh colours of different fruits, cremes and glazes. Together with BÄRO, the planners found the ideal light balance for their retail concept.
The light colour predominantly used is the LED special light colour PearlWhite. Its advantage: the special spectral composition generally increases the colour saturation and makes colours appear neutral, natural and fresh.
The courage to experiment Direct light on the horizontal display cases comes from Pendiro ID suspended luminaires which illuminate the products on display brilliantly, appetisingly and without glare. With their elegant technical shape and suspension on two slender power supply cables they make a design statement and their presence helps to structure the room.
The second light component is vertical light from Ontero ID luminaires with WallBeam optics which evenly illuminate both the vertical display cases with their confectionary and also the ornamental wall panels themselves. Master craftsmanship and the courage to experiment: Thierry Bamas’ work combines both – and the design and lighting concept of his newest store convey this very well.
Courtesy – Interior Design: MoMa architecture et design, Lyon (F) Refrigerated units: Jeka AG, Arlesheim (CH) Photos: BÄRO
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