Restaurant Development & Design

NOV-DEC 2018

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6 0 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 2018 PRODUCT GUIDE LIGHTING T rending: Decorative lighting is back in a big way — lots of pendants, repeating ceiling xtures, oor lamps, sconces and table lamps. Restaurants aren't as dark and moody as they once were. There's a trend towards a soft, brighter glow on each table. Everyone wants to look good on Instagram, so it's brighter but it's not a bright light from above, it's individual points of light all over the restaurant. Our attention spans are so limited these days; everywhere we turn we want to have a different experience and a different look. It's more eclectic, a little more unplanned and not so symmetrical. All aglow: We're doing a lot of things with glowing lights, like wine rooms, wine walls, shelves of glasses or jarred fruits or produce. You don't even see the light — that's hidden — but it turns the object that it's lighting into the light xture. You can have a whole glowing wall of wine that's warm and interesting and unique, and the lighting itself is just inexpensive tape light. So there are tricks you can use to save in some areas and still get really nice lighting effects. Hot looks: It's still very mid-century, and I think that's going to be here for a while. Warm colors, warm metals and handcrafted looks are popular and there are a lot of small lighting shops open- ing that take a very artisan approach to xture design. It's very personal, very handcrafted and almost a residential- style experience. That's in contrast to a couple of years ago when everything was industrial, with black metal and seeded glass and big drum xtures. We've kind of moved away from that toward more fresh, organic looks, and that extends to decor elements well beyond lighting. Current obsession: It's a little more technical, but I'm obsessed with guring out how to do this new style of decorative lighting from the standpoint of nding solutions that don't just have great design but that are affordable, that use LED bulbs, and that dim low and react the way we want them to in the space. Innovations: Thanks to technology, lighting is getting more exible, smarter and simpler. You can control every- thing wirelessly, even change the color temperature of the light throughout the day. As the technology advances and the prices come down, restaurateurs are getting much more sophisticated about lighting and introducing these types of advancements into their spaces. We're also seeing a lot more options today for outdoor light xtures and color tempera- ture options. Designer Insights: Anita Summers, Principal & Lighting Designer, The Johnson Studio at Cooper Cary Finned Aluminum Pendants Hong Kong-based EOQ Design offers three nned aluminum pendant designs — Bramah, Dub and Joseph — dis- tributed in the U.S. by IM Design Concepts. Bramah has a tapered cone-shaped shade and comes in two sizes; Dub (pictured) has modi- ed bell-shaped ns enclosed in a hand-blown glass dome and comes in three sizes; Joseph has a tapered cylinder-shaped nned shade and comes in two sizes. Fin color options for all include copper, grey or pale gold; glass dome color options for Dub are amber, green or smoke. All of the pendants are ETL Listed and provide both direct and ambient/ accent lighting for distinctive design applications in restaurant, retail and hospitality projects. IM Design Concepts Lighted Word Play Graphics and lighting come together with Mario Contract Lighting's hardwired alphabet (num- bers available, too) wall sconces. Manufactured from 18-gauge steel, these marquee letters include vintage LED lighting. Mount the lights on walls or ceilings, or use them as freestanding design accessories. Standard size measures 36 inches high, 30 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Custom sizes, nishes, fonts and shapes are available as well. Mario Contract Lighting

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