restaurant and hospitality design have
numerous similarities, while some aspects
are unique to their service model.
they are in business to serve the public,
carving their slice of the market, from
popular-price to luxury. Both apply elements
of theatricality to their physical
facilities, interior and exterior.
lighting becomes a communications
medium to transmit the operational
point-of-view of the operator, linking the
décor and architecture with service that
makes the client feel comfortable and
appreciated. exterior lighting treatments
convey the brand image appropriate for
its market appeal. Functionally, hotels
are 24/7 users of lighting, while restaurants
shut down for part of the day.
For a typical full-service restaurant,
front-of-the-house spaces to be lit
include entry and waiting area, the main
dining room, private dining rooms, bar
area, server stations, and optional open
kitchens and patio dining areas. Back-ofthe-house
includes closed food preparation
areas, storage, etc.
many restaurants are moving toward
a lighter and brighter atmosphere.
Dim restaurant environments are almost
a thing of the past with the trend to
lighter surfaces and large windows.
themed restaurants have largely been
replaced by dining destinations that
reflect their locale, such as starbucks
neighborhood concept design program
implemented for its times square theater
District in New york. Focus lighting’s
design cue was a vintage Broadway
stage set. Fresnel fixtures were equipped
with leD lamps and barn doors are
Yotel New York City
Yotel is a U.K.-based hotel chain designed in the Japanese capsule hotel model. For its Manhattan
facility, the hotel’s public spaces are illuminated almost exclusively with leDs to coordinate with the
sleek, predominately white and gray interiors. the luggage robot is the central feature of the lobby,
where it loads and stores guests’ belongings. lighting: Focus lighting. Photo: Scott Frances/otto
mounted on triangular trusses. two leD
lamp types—16.3-watt leD par 30 and
6.7-watt leD mr16 lamps—were used
throughout the space.
hotels often have restaurants cafés,
and bar areas, plus lobbies, corridors,
guest rooms, conference centers, meeting
and event rooms, wellness centers
and gyms, staff offices, and special
purpose areas. multi-story boutique
hotels in the past decade have expanded
and added amenities to the informal
bed-and-breakfast. For the 24-room
Bungalow hotel in long Branch, N.J.,
lighting designers Beam brought an upscale
image to the four-story beachfront
building’s exterior with linear extruded
leD seaside-rated striplights across the
roofline. at the entry are 39-watt metal
halide decorative wall fixtures.
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UNgAlow hotel Long Branch, N.J.
this 24-room luxury boutique hotel is located in an area of the beachfront community that is undergoing
upscale redevelopment. interior lighting for the guest suites include minimalist slot design lights at vanities
and simple-form surface fixtures. All sources are controlled by dimmers. lighting: beAM. Photo: courtesy of
All AboUt elegANce
the up-scale antonia two-light wall sconce with crystal
accents is a handsome addition to 2nd ave. lighting’s
high-end decorative lighting products. the sconce’s
candle-style arms are embellished with floral accents and
draped with crystal jewels, which connects the two arms.
made from steel and hand finished in copper rust, the wall
scone measures 13 in. x 15 in. Circle 198 .
2nd Ave. Lighting
locate at lightfair
booth NUMber 1641
glAMoUr AND glow
With streamlined sophistication,
harlow combines leD technology with
incandescent lighting. available as a single
or double sconce or pendant, it features a
cool, understated color palette of stainless
steel, neutral tones and multi-faceted
“diamond” accents incorporated in to the
stem and base, which are illuminated by
leDs. the base features incandescent bulbs
and an attractive fabric shade. Circle 199 .
bArbAcoA London, UK
Named for its distinctive shape, the leD pipe
pendant is dimmable with either a magnetic
or electronic low-voltage dimmer. the 6-watt,
12-volt aC luminaire is designed for use with
low-voltage track systems or port systems, such
as monorail and Fast Jack canopies. Circle 197 .
from Pure Edge Lighting
locate at lightfair
booth NUMber 3135
Pipe light, created by the restaurant’s interior designer tom Dixon, is suspended
in clusters around the double-height restaurant. Above the flexible seating area,
the decorative galvanized steel cylinders are suspended in groups of three. each
Pipe light houses a single leD. lighting: Speirs + Major. Photo: James Newton.
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