Itsu Stansted

Under the iconic expanse of the Stansted Airport roof, the Itsu restaurant is an exciting and gleaming addition to the airport’s interior redevelopment. Cinimod Studio worked closely with Itsu’s own design team, building upon the successful collaborative experience of the previous dozen schemes in which Cinimod was involved. The brief was to create a striking visual enclosure that would wrap around the kidney bean shaped kiosk location.

Inspired by the themes of butterflies and light, Cinimod designed an array of illuminated LED panels that encompass the location in an organic flowing surface of colour and form.

The array of 643 light panels were custom designed by Cinimod, with each containing a laminated build-up of white LEDs, a diffuser, dichroic film and masks of different species of butterfly. Together they create a mesmerising shimmer of colour that changes from yellow to pink as one moves around the kiosk.

An almost invisible sculpted layer of polycarbonate wraps in front of the panels creating a smooth finish to touch, yet a layered texture to view that reflects the bustling surrounding airport. The underpinning black aluminium structure is itself inspired by the Japanese Shoji grids and frameworks.

Cinimod Studio often builds long term relationships with clients, and our on-going work with Itsu serves as an example of how strong concepts can be even further developed over time through close collaboration with the client team. Cinimod Studio have delivered a dozen different lighting installations and features for the growing Itsu business, achieving notable results in both public brand recognition, and professional recognition in the format of multiple top design award wins.


Concept, Design and Delivery: Cinimod Studio
Main Contractor: GS Contracts
Metalwork and Wall – Engineering, Fabrication and Installation: Litestructures & Brilliant Stages
Polycarbonate Fabrication and Installation: Zone Creations
Light Panel Fabrication: Polyscale
Signage Manufacture: Vision Visual Signage Solutions
Bespoke Electronics: White Wing Logic & Electroparts