A love letter to the arcades.
Our Leeds store, nestled in the heart of the Victoria Quarter, draws variously from its bustling surroundings, constructing a layered narrative of the building’s history. Designed by Alexy Kos and Che Huang of Child Studio, our Leeds store draws influence from early 20th century retail spaces, creating a utilitarian yet elegant, understated approach to spectacle display, fusing Victorian cabinetry with Art Deco references, and hints of British Modernism.
The floor patterns draw on 1940s designs of Ceramiques De La Lys, with a palette to complement the Quarter’s gilded Art Nouveau mosaics, Burmantofts faïence, and buff terracotta. The shop sign was has been hand crafted by a local artisan using the traditional verre églomisé technique, in glimmering gold leaf set against blackened glass.
An element of Modernism is introduced through carefully sourced fittings: a ‘Jumo’ table lamp by Eileen Gray, a ‘Monk’ chair by Tobia Scarpa (son of Carlo), and an octagonal bakelite clock by British company Genelex, made in the 1930s for schools and factories.
Bespoke at Cubitts Leeds.
Three silhouettes have been designed exclusively for Cubitts Leeds. Hepworth, a bold and thick frame with sculptural chamfered details, inspired by the works of its namesake Barbara, who studied at Leeds School of Art. Finsbury has square and sharp features, drawing on landmarks in the city’s brutalist landscape, like the Bank House. Finally Headrow, a distinctive modern cat eye, with teardrop lenses and temple tips inspired by the shape of the windows in Leeds’ first Victorian shopping quarter, Thornton’s Arcade.