The Chophouse

Project Location

Soundwill Plaza, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Project finished date

2014 March

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Cuisine: International, Type: Bar, Restaurant, Style: Experimental, Industrial

Designer: Zanghellini & Holt Associates

Services include:
- development of specification set
- custom design and manufacturing of lamps to tailor special needs
- procurement of feature lightings from abroad

photo credits to michael perini

deLighting Art’s signature pendant lamp Gliding Light is honoured to be shortlisted for The International Product Design Awards 2016.

Gliding Light takes its inspiration from the glazed partitions of traditional Parisian bistros which are often used to create intimacy and divide spaces. Ribbed glass, which is used in booth seating partitions in these iconic bars and restaurants, is instead translated here into mechanical glass wings that are spread open, reaching across the table, drawing each group of diners together. The glass wings act as diffusers and the angle can be adjusted to provide an ambient, indirect light or angled out to reveal the light source, with beautiful refraction through the ribbed glass shades. The powder coated metal structure of the fixture adds an updated industrial feel and gives a solid anchor to each light as it glides in space.

Based on a brief that called for restaurant lighting that was both decorative and functional – Gliding Light was designed to have an architectural presence as well as create atmosphere and comfortable illumination levels in both daytime and nighttime settings. The client sought to give each restaurant booth its own space while retaining the overall effect of the long dramatic dining area, and wanted to use feature lighting rather than diving partitions to achieve this spatial effect.

The conceptual response to the brief was to create an implied separation of each individual booth rather than a physical one. Gliding Light seeks to define and bring focus to the table at the center of each booth, so that customers can be drawn together at their own table while still absorbing the atmosphere of the restaurant around them. The form of the light successfully creates intimacy and simultaneously gives continuity and unity to the space as a whole.
Used in sequence, the fixtures set up a rhythm along the long dining area, punctuating the space and creating focal points, performing the architectural function of defining each dining area.
Equally as impressive when used as a single feature light or as a series, Gliding Light provides an optimal lighting effect and atmosphere, creating light and shadow play as desired simply by adjusting the angle of the glass wings.
The fixture also offers the flexibility to be used with an incandescent bulb or with a LED version of tubular Edison bulb.
With the flexibility in angle adjustment and it’s contemporary industrial design look, Gliding Light works well with all kinds of long table settings as well as different ceiling levels. It’s a perfect feature lamp for a wide range of design projects, from small-scale residential jobs to bigg-scale F&B jobs.

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