ADesignStudio’s custom lighting installation for BarLume
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.
Alex Fitzpatrick, founder and designer at ADesignStudio 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. 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. "The lights also had to be DALI Dimmable and with a lensed LED to assist with the glare,” says Alex. 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.
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.
With 90 glass spheres suspended in a grid arrangement, the installation shines in the double-height lobby. The depth and reflection of the black-mirrored ceiling accentuate the repetition and rhythm of the array and magnifies the 3-meter drop (perfectly coordinated with the surrounding screen). The number and layout of the fittings also allow BarLume staff to position tables where needed as they receive equal illumination.
ADesignStudio is an award-winning lighting design and manufacturing practice, led by Alex Fitzpatrick. The studio's collections reveal a distinctly expressive approach to transforming space with light, using both traditional skills (glassblowing and metalworking) and contemporary lighting and manufacturing technologies, to find a perfect balance between the scientific and the poetic. The studio is based in Sydney, Australia, and distributes internationally. As a design-focus practice, ADesignStudio, works with lighting designers, architects, and interior designers to create customizations within the product range for larger projects.