The store launch follows the refurbishment of the studios themselves. Its design aims to mimic “little iconic parts” of the recording studios, says Callum Lumsden, creative director at Lumsden. He says: “We’re trying to evoke the spirit of what’s happened at Abbey Road over the years. It’s the centre of the music universe in many people’s eyes.
“Nobody’s ever really allowed into the studios because they’re always in use,” he says. “That’s why we’re trying to evoke the heritage of Abbey Road with the materials we’ve used.”
Props include Paul McCartney’s guitar, John Lennon’s piano, and microphones used in the film The King’s Speech, alongside pegboards and other recording equipment. Other design features include a cash desk formed out of 2,000 LPs, and materials used within the studios, such as mesh panels and a parquet floor. A “music zone” includes an interactive table, which provides visitors with a history of the studios, alongside products such as Sonos speakers, black and white speakers, guitar straps and strings.