On November 10, 2016 Occhio, the Munich lighting and design company, opened its new spectacular flagship store at Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring in Cologne. The multifunctional store concept, planned and implemented together with the architecture office eins:33, offers consultation and sales at the highest level and unites a showroom and information platform in a unique lighting and brand experience.
For almost 18 months Occhio together with the prestigious architecture office eins:33 worked at planning and implementing the new Occhio site at the heart of the Rhine metropolis. On November 10, 2016 the great day arrived at last: More than 200 enthusiastic guests celebrated the opening of the new rooms in Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring with the Occhio team and experienced an exciting mix of architecture, lighting design and products in a pleasant atmosphere. On more than 330m² and over 2 floors the new Occhio store CGN presents a unique interactive brand and experience world providing a showroom and information platform for final customers, professionals and Occhio retail partners alike.
The flagship store is divided into three areas. On the ground floor the visitor is welcomed in an invitingly bright showroom. »space stations« are used to present diverse luminaire and spotlight series and invite you to get to know the products interactively. The eye-catching »green« stone wall with real plants is a symbol of Occhio's evolutionary philosophy and rounds off the room's design concept.
At the rear of the store there is a large multifunctional area for training courses, lectures and special exhibitions.
An inspiring living area awaits the customer on the upper floor. In a cozy atmosphere the visitor experiences Occhio luminaire and spotlight systems in realistic application and the effect of light and quality of light as at home.
The Occhio Store Cologne is one of the two company-own flagship stores (Cologne and Munich) and the pilot for the new »store by« concept, which is being implemented throughout Europe with a selective circle of retail partners. Occhio stores have already been successfully opened and established with exclusive retail partners in Paris, Luxembourg, Prague and Antwerp.
"Our endeavor is to develop innovative and unique product families for holistic lighting design", says Axel Meise, Designer and Proprietor of Occhio. "I will be delighted if we are able to communicate the added value of good light to visitors to the new Occhio store in Cologne. With our products we would like to enable people to interact naturally with light thus becoming the lighting designers of their own living environment. For quality of light means quality of life."
Year of implementation: 2016
Building owner: Lichtgalerie, Munich
Architecture & fassade: SP Plan GmbH
Interior design: eins:33
Light planning: Occhio projects / Lea Schniepp
Area: 330 qm
Photography: Robert Sprang, Munich