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Fine Dining Restaurant Lighting at La Cache à Vin, Springhill

– Design and supply bespoke lighting solution for fine dining restaurant
– Completed: 2019
– Products: LED profile, LED strip, track lighting, custom wall lighting

Background

Renowned chef and restaurateur Thierry Galichet had a vision of transforming a disused historical wine cellar on Wharf Street into a fine dining and wine venue reminiscent of his beloved Burgundy. To achieve this, he understood the importance of employing a lighting designer who could create an ambiance that would complement the space and preserve its integrity. That’s where Lightcore came in.

Challenge

Lighting plays a significant role in setting the mood and energy level of a restaurant. In the case of La Cache a Vin, the challenge was to create an ambiance that encourages customers to stay longer, relax, and enjoy their experience. Additionally, the lighting design needed to highlight the unique nature of the space while minimizing any distractions from the structure’s features.

Solution

Lightcore worked with Thierry to implement a lighting design that achieved the desired ambiance. The old wooden sleepers and beams within the walls and ceilings of the cellar allowed Lightcore to utilize existing nooks and crannies to shine light into the space, mimicking the appearance of sunlight shining through cracks in the structure. The sun-dappled look was achieved using high-spec LED strip lighting in warm white tones, fully integrated into the wall and ceiling cavities, diffused to prevent glare, and hidden to make the actual light source invisible to the eye.

LED track lighting with honeycomb diffusers was used in the movable furniture within the restaurant, allowing the owners to reflect light as they desired. This also means that any future changes to the layout of the restaurant will not require a complete redesign of the lighting scheme. Control over the lighting is given through a four-way remote controller, allowing the owners to easily adjust the lighting for part of – or the entirety of – the restaurant as they require.

Lightcore also helped create some totally unique custom wall lights for the space. Old wine barrels uncovered during the initial renovation stages were pulled apart into narrow pieces, grooved, shaped, and then used as feature wall lighting to softly backlight against the exposed stone walls. This process not only preserved a part of the building’s history from its previous incarnation as a wine cellar but also provided some truly special feature lighting for this exclusive space.

Results

La Cache a Vin is a perfect example of a truly immersive and well-considered dining experience, where the surroundings become an integral part of the event as the food and drink itself. The lighting design created by Lightcore has helped Thierry to achieve his vision of a fine dining and wine venue reminiscent of his beloved Burgundy. The ambiance encourages customers to stay longer and fully relax into the atmosphere of the space. Lightcore’s innovative lighting solutions have highlighted the unique nature of the space, without distracting from its features, resulting in a truly special and unforgettable experience for all who visit.

In conclusion, the lighting design implemented by Lightcore for La Cache a Vin highlights the unique features of the space while creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for customers. The use of LED strip lighting and custom wall lights preserved the building’s history and added to the overall dining experience.

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