The lighting brief for Yabu Pushelberg, and undertaken by Inverse, required an effortlessly classic, timeless, contemporary feel for this hotel restaurant. Part of the Peninsula Hotel in New York, The Clement had a particular brief for lighting. Decorative lighting was used to give the impression it was the main light source, but integrated lighting with minimal design intervention to provide the mood, colour, feel and glow was required.
The lighting needed to enhance the materiality and colour of the scheme in all conditions, creating focal points with accent and sparkle, both day and night. The lighting was not to draw attention to itself.
It was a design challenge to install an integrated lighting system to light much of the space, but be unobtrusive and detract from itself. The decorative lighting and overall design were to take centre stage. Lighting was to be comfortable on the eye, but effective; and it needed to enhance the dining experience.
The handcrafted relief wall was highlighted. Lighting from decorative and ‘background’ lighting needed to be coordinated to experience cohesive and integrated tones and colours.
The Clement presents a beautifully-lit space with good visibility. Lighting enriches and is integral to the design, without intruding. Up-lighting washes walls with a dramatic glow, avoiding overhead glare. Accent and sparkle are felt in all the right places; pendants provide focal points where down lights supplement discreetly. The eyes are drawn through a series of portals towards the warm tactile far wall – which is intriguing and delightful.
Images © Yabu Pushelberg / Evan Dion