The Harrods store was opened by Harrods founder Charles Henry Harrod , who first established his business in 1824, aged 25; with the store moving to the current premises in Knightsbridge, in 1851. During its colourful history, the store burn down in December 1883, but incredibly, Harrods were still able to honour all their Christmas Hamper orders that year and made a record profit in the process!
From tea trading to trendsetting, Harrods iconic store has always held the interest of the public, both locally and across the world. The Harrods motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique—All Things for All People, Everywhere. Several of its departments, including the seasonal Christmas department and the Food Halls, are now world famous.
For this reason we were delighted to be asked to design and install the specialist glazing for the building during the recent refurbishment in 2011.
The design brief:
The client wanted not only three shop fronts for the store, but we were also asked to create for each of these windows, a proscenium. In ancient Rome, the stage area in front of the scaenae frons was known as the "proscenium", meaning "in front of the scenery”.
With this in mind we created a glazed arch frame and glass floor, spot lit in a strategic way to showcase the products within.
We worked alongside Portview Fit Out on this project, with whom we have collaborated in commercial projects for over four years.
From 1989 Harrods has had a dress code policy, which made things interesting during the build for our high visibility vest wearing fitters, but we rose to the challenge, and like to think that our workmanship, as well as our work wear was impeccable!