Paris retail store Colette illuminates shop displays with ERCO LED lighting

May 26, 2016
Founded in 1997 as one of the world’s original concept stores on Rue Saint Honoré in Paris, Colette has since become an institution in the fashion and lifestyle landscape. It hosts an incredible mix of curated products stunningly illuminated with state-of-the-art ERCO LED lighting technology.

Colette offers a shopping experience of the most eclectic kind: On three levels, covering a total area of 740 square metres, the store´s founder, Colette Rousseau, and creative director, Sarah Andelman, present and market collections designed by the most noted international fashion designers, complemented by a selection of shoes, watches, jewellery, bags, cosmetics, perfume, books, magazines, toys and sporting goods, furniture and home accessories, music and techno gadgets.

Noted for its broad range and diversity - with differentiated sales area designs, an integrated gallery for changing art exhibitions, and a small, elegant F & B in the basement, known as the "Water Bar" - the store keeps in tune with the times, continually expanding and updating its selection, with weekly new displays in the shop windows and redesigned sections inside the store.

A flexible lighting concept deploying ERCO LED technology illuminates the different departments and constantly changing luxury products in the store with a maximum of effect: excellent colour rendering brings out every nuanced hue of the fashion on display whilst the precise and brilliant light accentuates patterns and materials with a sharp-edged beam for a three-dimensional effect. The concept takes the same approach that ERCO advises for the museum, born from many years of experience in the field: the selected lighting tools ensure optimum glare control for stylishly presented accessories, watches and jewellery on glass shelving and in display cabinets as well as precise illumination of the displayed art.

The ERCO Optec spotlights used in the store are true all-round stars - not least with their capability of offering a range of light distributions that cover every requirement for superb shop lighting. In the store windows, their high-contrast accent lighting sets off the mannequins as effectively as the shoes and bags arranged on glass shelving; above the product tables in the store´s "hi-tech zone" on the ground floor, they provide glare-free light for the watches and techno gadgets. Optec spotlights combined with Optec lens wallwashers mounted along track on the upper level´s window section achieves high visual comfort with uniform ambient lighting for the sales floor, whilst wallwashing gives the space an open and expansive appearance, enhanced by striking accent light on selected garments. Quintessence lens wallwashers and spotlights round out the concept with scenic illumination of the exhibition section and its changing artwork on the upper level. Using a variety of different ERCO lighting tools creates separate zones that neatly divide the eclectic world of Colette - thereby facilitating orientation as well as a flexible response to the fast-paced lifestyle of the Parisian fashion temple.

Project data
Project: Colette Store, Paris / France
Products: Optec, Quintessence
Photo credit: ERCO GmbH,, Photo: Edgar Zippel, Berlin / Germany

About ERCO
The ERCO Light Factory in the German town of Lüdenscheid is a leading international specialist in architectural lighting using LED technology. The family business, founded in 1934, now operates as a global player with independent sales organisations and partners in 55 countries worldwide. Since 2015 ERCO’s portfolio has been 100% LED. Inspired by “light digital” as its leitmotif, ERCO in Lüdenscheid develops, designs and produces digital luminaires with focus on photometrics, electronics and design. Working closely with architects, lighting designers and engineers, ERCO develops lighting tools used primarily for applications in the following fields: Work, Shop, Culture, Community, Hospitality, Living, Public and Contemplation. ERCO understands digital light as the fourth dimension of architecture – providing highly precise and efficient lighting solutions to support creative designers in turning their visions into reality.


Nina Reetzke, Press Officer - ERCO GmbH

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