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MJ Bale, Martin Place

Preserving the historic charm with thoughtful lighting design


Mj Bale Martin Place

The recent grand opening of the MJ Bale flagship store, situated within the esteemed Sydney GPO building at No. 1 Martin Place, marked a significant milestone. Despite the inherent challenges presented by the building's heritage-listed status, particularly concerning lighting, the venue's design phase was thoughtfully planned and executed. Preservation of the original charm and essence of the interior was paramount throughout development, honouring the building's historical significance.

Mandy Edge, of Mandy Edge Design Studio, conceptualised the store's interior with a vision of "menswear as theatre." Notable features include impressive original eight-meter-high ceilings, intricate marble and gold wall finishes, striking graphic black and white floor tiles, and elegant timber floorboards.


To further enhance the interior ambiance, our XTI track spots were strategically utilised, prioritising high colour reproduction to bring the visual merchandise to life. The lighting solution underwent thorough computational and parametric design processes, meticulously refining elements in the digital realm to ensure every aspect of the work is appreciated and highlighted.


Given the restrictions imposed by the building's heritage status, our surface mounted adjustable XSF downlight series played a pivotal role in serving as bench uplighting. This method effectively highlighted featured columns and mannequins without altering the building's structural elements. Additionally, battens were strategically placed as uplighting, mounted atop the cabinetry, to accentuate the ceiling's intricate details and enhance the room's vibrancy and sense of spaciousness.

Sydney, NSW
Lighting Designer
Trend Labs
Interior Designer
Edge Design Studio
Interior Seven Shopfitting
Electrical Contractor
Retlec Australia
Trend Labs

Trend Lighting are a valued supplier of Sheridan, consistently delivering a premium full-service experience from concept design to installation with products of the highest quality. What we appreciate most about working with their team is that nothing is ever too much trouble. They continually go above and beyond to provide the best lighting solutions for our stores.

Joel Newham - Head of VM and Store Development Hanes Australasia - Sheridan Group

From the service, products, and reliability we have been nothing but happy since using Trend. The team have consistently gone above and beyond ensuring we turn around orders in tight deadlines, always making it happen.

Alexandra Klapos - Retail Project Coordinator - Billini

We are extremely happy with the work done by Trend Lighting. The lights chosen are stylish and blend well with our office whilst providing an excellent environment for our team to view fabrics and sample products.


The lighting design provided by Trend completely transformed the space and was continuously complimented by our clients from the first day we had them up. We look forward to working with Trend for our future projects.

Ben Bottalico - Blue Group Projects
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