Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Lighting Scheme


Scheme lighting is a category open to all food and beverage spaces, across all countries entering the awards and plays a significant role in modern architecture and design. The best lighting schemes emphasise the architectural features in food and beverage space designs and the judges have selected their shortlist of six entries.


Lighting plays a significant role in the branding of Wahaca’s individual restaurants and Cardiff is no exception. Lighting creates a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, playing a key role in the design narrative. Retaining the impressive height of the space, the impressive lighting installation of Booo rubber pendants build a more friendly atmosphere in the imposing height. To build further warmth, Kate and Sam Lighting Designers used hot coloured cables, while a wall disc is programmed through the day and evening in subtle changes from neutral yellows, amber and pinks echoing natural sun colours and movement.

into quaglinos
The Quaglino’s refurbishment required a theatrical lighting scheme to complement and enhance the luxurious and multi-functional London space. The blending of many layers of lighting by Into Lighting with beautiful FF&E fittings helped to create intimacy and ambience. All the lighting was designed to provide maximum control and flexibility with a DMX control system for extreme dimming to low levels.

Mint Leaf
Commanding panoramic views of the city, the lighting for Mint Leaf of London, Dubai needed to ensure that both the dining experience and outlook were given equal importance. One of the principal lighting criteria for DPA lighting consultants was to ensure minimal visibility of the light sources and enhance the overall interior design aspirations. Illumination to the surrounds, artwork and decorative coved ceiling create a dramatic setting while the architectural lighting control system ensures the perfect transition from day to night.

The lighting of The Market Kitchen restaurant had to provide a seamless experience from the interior lobby areas and also a dramatic experience when entered from outside. DPA lighting consultants used different colour temperature lighting and concealed the integrated lighting equipment. Ambient and accent lighting have been carefully considered and employed to enhance the guest’s experience.

The glass entrance of Fera, London is backlit using tuneable LED colour changing strips, from 3000K at lunch time to 2200K at night. Lighting Design International emphasised the drama of the double height with the impressive backlit sunburst laylights. Localised lighting is both decorative and inlaid in brass. Custom picture lights and niches are uplit and balanced to create the perfect ambience.

Dallayou Hong Kong, designed by Yabu Pushelberg is a beautifully rich experience. Inverse Lighting Design complemented the bespoke finishes, distinctive materials, custom furnishings and the historical richness and modernity of the brand through coordinating light sources. The lighting plays an important role in realising the desired experience in this gourmet treasure box with dramatic, lavishly detailed and textural interiors.

View each of the shortlisted entries with access to all of the photographs on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site using the links below.

Dalloyau (Hong Kong) Inverse Lighting Design
Fera (London) Lighting Design International
Market Kitchen (United Arab Emirates) dpa lighting consultants
Mint Leaf of London, Dubai (United Arab Emirates) dpa lighting consultants
Quaglino’s (London) Into Lighting
Wahaca (Cardiff) Kate and Sam Lighting Designers

The overall winner for this category will be announced at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Ceremony ‘The Story – Building Emotions’. Tickets are now on sale for this event to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, London on October 1st 2015.

Images © respective studios

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