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BarLume’s custom lighting installation | ADesignStudio

Sydney, Australia

BarLume’s custom lighting installation | ADesignStudio

Photo credit: BarLume at 1 Denison, Sydney

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PROJECT DETAILS:

Photo credit: BarLume at 1 Denison, Sydney

Location: Sydney, Australia
Architects/designers: ADesignStudio

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ADesignStudio created a striking lighting installation for BarLume, a café restaurant in the ground-floor lobby of Sydney’s prestigious new commercial tower 1 Denison. The installation is a rhythmic array of 90 handblown frosted glass spheres that drop three meters from the black-mirrored ceiling, providing a soft atmospheric glow to the café restaurant below.

ADesignStudio collaborated with architecture firm Bates Smart and international lighting design consultancy Electrolight to produce the custom lighting. Bates Smart and Electrolight had a clear visual brief for the light fitting. “They wanted a 3-meter drop pendant with a faded, frosted glass diffuser. The lights also had to be DALI Dimmable and with a lensed LED to assist with the glare,” says Alex Fitzpatrick, founder and designer at ADesignStudio. Because the installation consists of 90 light fittings, the final design had to consider the installation, maintenance, and LED access over the lifetime of the fitting.

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Alex is fascinated by the technical qualities of a lighting fixture and the ambient effects of the diffused light. “I try to capture light within a material without the light source being visible,” he explains. For BarLume, in collaboration with BatesSmart and Electrolight, Alex designed a handblown glass sphere with a frosted fade and a lens system that conceals the LED from view. Sandblasting the glass achieved the frosted fade around three-quarters of the sphere, with the effect creating a sense of freely suspended light.

Each sphere is on a 3-meter-long solid drop, rather than a cable, with a special mounting system that allows the glass to simply screw off and be replaced or to maintain the fitting. “As the fittings are quite simple to look at, we also wanted them to feel simple and be user-friendly for everyone who came into contact with them,” Alex says.