Manufacturers Team Up To Add Sparkle to Summertime Shopping

A South Yorkshire laser cutting specialist has teamed up with decorative lighting experts Northern Lights to create a dazzling feature in one of the country’s busiest shopping malls.

Cutting Technologies, based in Barnsley, laser cut 6,400 delicate shapes which are now captivating shoppers in a stunning display in Meadowhall’s Upper Mall.

The concept was designed by Wakefield-based interior designers The Harris Partnership, who approached Chesterfield-based Northern Lights to bring their idea to life.

The Cutting Technologies team was then given the job of laser cutting the thousands of abstract shapes from clear Perspex™ and shiny stainless steel, which twinkle as they catch the light and give the impression of falling leaves cascading from the centre’s iconic glass roof. Eight sculptures were installed in the main hall with a further two at the mall entrance.

Jane Robinson, co-founder and director at Cutting Technologies, said: “It’s always a pleasure to work on Northern Lights’ fantastic projects, and the delicate nature of this one’s design is perfect for laser cutting. Our recent investment in state of the art technology, including two Fiber lasers, makes jobs like these easier than ever.

“It’s great to have such a stunning showcase for the combined skills of the two companies right on our doorsteps, and good for staff at both firms to be able to show off their talents locally.”

Paul Wade, Managing Director at Northern Lights, added: “We’ve worked with Cutting Technologies on a range of projects now, some as far afield as Dubai. But it’s been good to work on a project a little closer to home this time.

“Cutting Technologies always offers us a first rate service and understand the challenges of the design process. It makes our lives much easier to work with laser cutting specialists who combine engineering expertise with a good grasp of design and aesthetics.”

Cutting Technologies is a growing laser cutting and engraving firm that produces work for household names such as Rekorderlig, Mulberry and Puma and artists like Antony Gormley and Conrad Shawcross. The company has invested £1.25m over the past year in top of the range machinery, making it one of the best equipped laser firms in the country.

Northern Lights is a leading designer and manufacturer of lighting solutions for hospitality and retail. Its work can be seen worldwide in venues such as Hilton Hotels, Costa Coffee, Pizza Express and Jamie Oliver’s restaurants.