United Kingdom (November 17, 2005)–Living Ventures Ltd owns the 13-strong Living Room bar and restaurant franchise in the UK, and recently, the company’s head of music, Steve Walter, chose Martin Audio’s AQ Series loudspeakers for the chain’s flagship venue, ‘Living Room W1’ in London’s fashionable Heddon Street. The philosophy is to use a high number of speakers run at low volume, providing smooth, even coverage.
The installation is centered around Martin Audio’s horn-loaded AQ6 and AQ8 architectural enclosures–in white and brown custom colors to match interior designer Shideh Shaygun’s creative concept. These maintain the moods over the defined time cycles in which the trading day is divided.
Green-I’s Ian Woodall (Woody) and Paul McCauley (Macca), who headed up the ‘in-house’ installation team, put the boxes into the five-zoned interior, ensuring all the carefully-loomed cabling is concealed, the stage processing rack is chased into the wall (using durable right-angled connectors) and that the Martin Audio speaker bracket components could be customized to enable the enclosures to be run flat against the walls and ceiling. It thus becomes an intrinsic part of the design rather than looking like an afterthought.
It has enabled Green-I to mount the AQs in either rotatable horizontal format–like bookshelf speakers around the open fires in the middle of the venue–or vertically. A mixture of AQ6s and AQ8s are used around the bar and dining area on the ground floor (with AQ8s exclusively serving the piano stage area).
Upstairs, in the formal dining area, they have deployed further multiples of yoke-mounted AQ6s, angled down to the floor, the use of Phoenix connectors allowing these to be mounted flush to the walls.