Engaging lighting & interior design for airport's duty-free area

Working closely with its customer Lagardère Travel Retail on this travel and duty free project, ITAB was trusted with the opportunity to design and supply new lighting and interior concepts.

Lagardère wanted to expand the Aelia Duty-Free area at Rome’s Fiumicino international airport (FCO), and to better satisfy the typical needs of the traveler in transit: in particular, to find very quickly and easily the products that they will need during the trip, and/or some ideas for gifts.

The largest Aelia Duty-Free store (with 3,000sqm) is dedicated to Italian beauty brands, and includes a series of luxury brands such as Acqua di Parma, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Versace. It also has a large space for the local fine foods concept store Bottega dei Sapori.

Carefully designed spaces compliant with the latest regulations

Utilising its Solution Design skills, ITAB co-created a brand-new retail interior and integrated lighting concept which addresses both the travel essentials and impulse shopping needs of the traveller.

The result is an attractive name mix of modern and unique bespoke fixtures and fittings, which comply with the airport’s strict building regulations. The whole project is monitored by Rome airports managing company (ADR) to ensure regulatory compliance in areas such as fire prevention and certification of electrical components.

With these regulatory constraints, ITAB’s designers had to adapt their usual concept development thinking and selection criteria from the choice of materials, including the prevalence of metal over wood, to the increased thickness in the power cables for the LEDs that illuminate the furniture.

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The desired atmosphere for travellers to enjoy

The floorspace and customer journey is clearly signposted by attractive communication areas and through the lighting design and are characterised by various opportunities for shopper interaction including live cocktail demos, tastings, and perfume testing.

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Improved operational efficiencies and service

The sales area has two exits and so two manned check-out areas have been provided to cover these two gates, to improve both service and security. This was a design choice co-created with our customer to optimise throughput and sales by guiding the consumer flow in two different directions. One is for those who mainly purchased products in La Bottega dei Sapori, and the other for those who have shopped in the other duty-free areas.

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Innovative furniture design with focus on fire safety

Lagardère Travel Retail wanted to reduce the risk of fire at Aelia duty-free store and fully comply with Rome airports managing company’s regulations (ADR- Aeroporti di Roma) for fire safety.

ITAB was able to achieve this goal by using metal sheets only. The parts designed with wood material were replaced with wood grain steel sheets (giving the beauty of wood with the durability of metal).

From the product design point of view, using our experience the requirement for the use of metal sheets allowed the development of a solution incorporating industrialised elements, with a consequent reduction in operational costs. This solution also allowed our installation teams to make some adjustments faster directly on site.

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