David Jones fit-out
Top-class ceilings for David Jones' flagship store
High ceilings are a hallmark of David Jones stores, so when the Australian retailer converted Wellington institution Kirkcaldie and Stains into their first international outlet, Forman’s suspended ceilings expertise was sought.
Forman constructed high quality ceilings throughout the perimeter of the top level of the store, including a striking curved helical ceiling in the restaurant area. To create the feeling of a bright, vibrant store the ceilings featured a large amount of recessed lighting details with long straight edges, spot-lit from all angles. The unforgiving shadows created demanded a perfect finish.
The original lighting bulkhead design was based on Gib, however Forman constructed a full-size model of the recessed lights to demonstrate the limitations of using just Gib and showcase how fibrous plaster would produce a much better quality. This was accepted by David Jones and incorporated into the construction design.
The conversion of the heritage-listed building was delivered to a very tight 115 day programme to meet David Jones’ planned opening dates, requiring careful planning and coordination.
The conversion of the heritage-listed building was delivered to a very tight 115 day programme to meet planned opening dates.
By linking the services installation with our engineered seismic design we ensured that all pieces of the puzzle went together first fit – avoiding costly, time-consuming clashes to service heights and placements.