Boutique Design - July/August 2017 - 30
3 To accent the lily pad-like
seating arrangements in
the Blue Frog restaurant
in Mumbai, AWA Lighting
Designers used a filigree
pattern of lighting nodes.
4 At Mumbai's tote, AWA
incorporated fractal design
concepts that created eyecatching patterns in the
ceiling of the restaurant/bar/
accomplish this, prioritizing the primary views within
the project's first look, transition and task.
The first look at a space from the car as you arrive,
or as you are walking up to the front door, creates the
build-up and the impression. The transition is the
second step, and is about making a visual impression in
the areas in between, like the lobby, the reception desk
or the elevator hall, to extend the impact of the first
look. Finally, the task pertains to the functionality of a
space. Here, we're addressing such things as: can you
prepare the gourmet meal, can you read the menu, and
can you see your date's expression across the table?
RAINS: We often say that we see the light but not
the light source, to reflect how much of our lighting is
integrated into the architecture through clever
detailing. Especially in hospitality work, we seek to
envelop the guest in light from the perimeter as much
as possible. This approach allows for the limited use
of downlights, which can feel oppressive. With more
light coming from vertical surfaces, a space can feel
lit without being overly bright. This adds to the sense
We also spend a lot of time on-site at completion.
We focus all adjustable lighting to get the spaces looking
exactly as intended. We set up the dimming system
schemes and timeclock so that the lighting in each
space complements the time of day and the available
natural light throughout the year.
IN YOUR VIEW, WHEN SHOULD LIGHTING
DESIGNERS BE BROUGHT INTO THE CREATIVE
PROCESS, AND WHY?
The unanimous verdict: The earlier the better.
RAINS: It's best for us to be brought in during the
concept stage. Usually the architectural and interior
design teams have already advanced their own
concepts and done the space planning/initial layouts.
We tend to comment on their ideas. Then, we take it
further and create our own lighting design concept
package with 3D sketches and break down the different
lighting ideas for a space. Often, we will present several
options and develop the chosen ideas further.
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FR AM PETIT (BLUE FROG, TOTE); COURTESY OF AWA LIGHTING DESIGNERS
AWA LIGHTING DESIGNERS