Lumsden associate design director Catriona Watters said: “We wanted to design a shop which referenced the images we have seen of Moore’s art workshop, creating an environment with a studio-like feel.”
Lumsden has created the shop for the Henry Moore Foundation’s estate at the artist’s former home and studios in Hertfordshire.
The Foundation – celebrating 40 years this year with a series of special events – has unveiled its redeveloped facilities. The 70-acre site’s landscaped gardens at Perry Green, near the village of Much Hadham, were designed by Henry’s wife, Irina Moore.
New buildings – including a library, cafe, shop and archive – have been designed by Hugh Broughton Architects.
For the shop, Lumsden took inspiration from Henry Moore’s studio to create a light and airy retail scheme.
Housed in a compact 240 square metre space with only three perimeter walls, Lumsden designed a series of varying height furniture to display and store merchandise. Taking inspiration from interior photos of Moore’s art studio Lumsden had worked with a material oak, glass, bronzed metal with brass and leather detailing. A muted grey blue is used as an accent colour.
Locally grown produce from the estate’s Kitchen Garden are displayed in bespoke fixtures created out of stacked breeze blocks and scaffold boards which can be wheeled outside.
Two ceiling height wall bays in light oak and perforated bronzed metal compliment the bronzed brass specified by Hugh Broughton for the welcome desk. A glazed vitrine set into the alcove on the back wall showcases unique pieces from local ceramicists and textile artists. Henry’s Moore’s collectible sketch books are also displayed.
For the shop floor, Lumsden has designed tables with a studio-like feel – more welcoming than standard visitor centre shop fixtures. Leather handles with brass details on the drawers and a bronzed metal effect on the legs add texture to the scheme. The drawers can be opened to display product.
To maximise floor space stock is stored in drawer units on castors tucked under the tables.
Lumsden associate design director Catriona Mills said: “The Henry Moore Foundation is a must visit destination in a beautiful calming landscape. We wanted to design a shop which referenced the images we have seen of Moore’s art workshop, creating an environment with a studio-like feel.”
All the fixtures and metalwork were created by David Littlejohn at MSS Interiors.
Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is open for its 2017 season until October 22. Further details at: henry-moore.org