Published on: January 29, 2010
Firefly Lighting Design recently designed lighting for the Vermilion Bar in Manchester.
It’s a Thai restaurant and a bar designed by Paris-based designer¬†Miguel Cancio Martins.
More info below:
The interior design is highly decorative, with a¬†mix of traditional Asian motifs and contemporary colours and finishes. The brief for the¬†lighting was to emphasise the luxury feel of this interior, whilst retaining a sense of intimacy¬†for the customer. The approach for the lighting solution was to create layers of light at both¬†close-quarters and at the boundaries of the space. This approach was taken for both the¬†interior and exterior lighting schemes.
In the restaurant waiting area there is integral lighting within pods located on the floor and¬†ceiling, whilst in the background light gently grazes a wall of ceramic flowers.¬†The central feature of the main dining room is the monolithic tower of glowing buddha heads¬†which extends beyond the dining space to penetrate the bar area in the floor above. The¬†heads are lit from below by dimmable LED fittings installed flush within the shelves of the¬†column and provides the client with the flexibility to change the theme of the column in the¬†future.
While seated at your table, recessed downlights light the table, making the food an integral¬†part of the experience. Overhead delicate pendants provide partitions throughout the dining¬†area and LED string lights are interwoven with modular ‚Äėbranches‚Äô that were installed to form¬†clouds floating above each seating area.
The upper floor contains a bar and lounge area as well as private function and dining rooms.¬†The lounge is dominated with large cocoons with indirect dimmable white light giving a¬†relaxing and laid back enclave contrasting with the colour-changing globes hanging randomly¬†from the ceiling, and the richly textured environment beyond.¬†The exterior of the project retains the same flamboyance and textural qualities of the interior.¬†Dramatically lit Chinese lions greet the customer and hint at the nature of the interiors within.
Posted by: Mitja Prelovsek