Wired for sound and much more
The most involved aspect at Harrods was working to ensure each of the zones - vision, audio, mobile, smart home, drone, imaging and a dedicated Bang & Olufsen area – were serviced with enough power and data supplies to ensure the correct operation of every product.
We worked closely with NuConnect and Harrods, appraising each of the different display units available. A combination of tables and cabinets – some with internal illumination and glass-topped drawers - modular wall bays and booths that created a ‘headphones forest’ formed a complex job for our design team. In addition, the displays featured security cabling and this was an additional factor when planning positions and providing power. MPL drew on its past department store experience and work fitting out mobile phone centres for Samsung to compile a set of plans that Harrods approved.
Room for manoeuvre
While the open floor set up was dominated by pre-set fixtures, MPL was given almost carte blanche to plan the electrical layout and placement of three ‘experience rooms’. We enjoyed specifying a sealed ‘listening’ room with soundproofing and fine acoustics, a media room and a cinema room, with surround sound and reclining chairs.
Harrods’s 5th floor brings together a number of prestigious technology brands together with the amazing interior design talent of architecture, design, planning and consulting firm Gensler. Within this refit, MPL was tasked with commissioning and installing different sized branded panels, lightboxes and table wraps. This involved liaising with multiple companies and ensuring different guidelines were adhered to.