Victoria & Albert Museum Reading Rooms

The Victoria and Albert Museum has taken the unusual step of siting a retail outlet off-site,combining a bookshop and bar to create a venue where customers can socialise before buying from its range of 1,000 tomes on fashion and design. The V&A Reading Rooms on Kensington’s Exhibition Road is small and intimate. Its rooms retain their original high ceilings, cornices and bay windows and yet its interior design by David Collins Studio also incorporates contemporary features from shelving to the specially designed lighting.


"It needed lighting that could be adapted from the brighter retail lighting in the day time to a softer wine bar feel in the evening. For the main task lighting, I used Precision Lighting's Basis track with Retro 16 spotlights. This is a discrete track that blends easily into this kind of intimate interior. It worked particularly well in the bay window, and lights bookcases and prints on the walls."
Kate Beard, Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer

Kate Beard Lighting


London, United Kingdom