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CORN EXCHANGE, LEEDS

It was clear from the outset that working on the historic Corn Exchange in Leeds would provide an interesting challenge in luminare design. Working closely with the architect, Taison were required to provide a fitting that would fit into the contemporary design of the refurbishment programme.

Using an idea first used at India House in Liverpool we produced a cast iron fitting using local traditional craftsmen and sand casting to give the slightly imperfect look that would have been in evidence from gas lamps of the period. The style and flow of the curls are designed to mimic the Victorian lighting which would have piped the gas but now hide the cabling to the lamps.

The 32 fittings are evenly spaced around the circular building and finished to match the balustrading give a subtle light to the lower floor. The introduction of more modern and understaded lighting illuminated the upper levels housing many shops and craft style traders.