We are excited to have been shortlisted in the Restaurant and Bar Lighting Project of the year category at the Light Middle East Awards 2017. Light.Func was tasked with undertaking lighting design for Molecule Restaurant & Lounge. A bistro by day, restaurant by evening, lounge by night..
The brainchild of Ansonia Concepts, created by a dynamic duo in Samir Kerchiched and Amie Kerchiched, Molecule DXB is located in Dubai Design District, the most concentrated area of talent in the GCC. It's sole purpose is to create a creative haven for the creative community, the decision-makers, and the creators!
What inspired their architectural interior was simply - wallpaper, see Amie's interview here.
Following on previous collaboration, Ansonia approached Light.Func to enhance the space using light, and give the architectural interior, characterised by texture, shape, pattern and of course the unique - so each element is left embedded in one's memory.
The project is characterised by acute detail: undulating curves that envelope, an holistic integration of elements within the space: the result an awe-inspiring piece of art-itecture..
The lighting concept devised from the brief is primarily concerned with maximising daylight, creating functional lighting that adhere to the standards set forth in both the Society of Light & Lighting as well as ASHRAE manuals. Furthermore, working closely with Amie, with her eye for interior design, add elements of decorative lighting that complemented the overall feel of the space.
Technological innovation is harnessed, coupled with product creativity to create a spectacular ambience..
By Day.. Bistro light..
By evening - a sultry light space.. night - magical light..
Unique material use required a high quality of light engine and controlled optics so as to ensure that light is projected exactly where it needs to be! Perception of space is maximised by using traditional study of lighting design, balancing focus light, ambience and even using plays of brilliants. By enhancing hue, highlighting different elements to their intrinsic texture & colour - a light space of sorts is created.
Light is embedded into the ceiling elements hidden from view to provide emphasis on all tables, 3D wall and artwork on display. The use of highly technical and quality LED lamps to faithfully reproduce colours was of paramount importance. Track-mounted fixtures with 4 differnt optics and high colour rendering LED modules are all the architectural lighting that was used, with the addition of some LED strip light and furniture embedded fixtures. Light illuminated in to the bar provides illumination on work surface for functionality.
And dare we say, this is just the regular view, upstairs, a tunnel of darkness etched with the concept pattern creates an experience to the very well done bathrooms designed by Fadi Saridienne. A new take on your regular rest room.. Why we think the sultry lighting makes you want to stay for as long as possible. Grazing light, dimmed focused optics, and a Melt pendant make a trip upstairs.
Additional lights provide grazing light on the front of the bar enhancing the architectural elements even further.
Focus light on tables create intimacy and segregation without losing the background
Focus from architectural lighting and ambience from decorative lighting create the final setting
For us, Molecule was a dream job where we got to work with the brains behind the concept of the space, coupled with professionals who make our work achievable. A big thank you to ERCO, Creation Gulf, Linea Light, Enpower and of course the biggest to Ansonia Concepts for a job well done!
Visit Molecule now, for their take on Bistronomy -
Dubai Design District
more to come