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August 6th 2010

Contemporary lighting
drops in on old London town


Sophie's Steakhouse London England  

At the 220-seater Sophie's Steakhouse Restaurant in London's Covent Garden, light droplets cast a uniform footprint of welcoming light on each table. 

Lighting designer Kate Wilkins worked with Light Projects in London and Roblon R&D in Denmark to create the effect. 

Fibre optic tails were integrated into acrylic droplet fittings that were especially designed and made for the project by Roblon. 

Different lighting schemes are programmed in to the customized control system.  With the colour warming as it dims, the transition from day to night lighting is seamless and natural.

Kate Wilkins' overall concept was for simple, contemporary lighting in keeping with the fashionable eatery's honest, no-frills food and its industrial-chic look.

She even gave traditional lighting a literal industrial-chic twist when she designed the showpiece chandeliers.  Two metres in diameter, they were created by weaving sideglow fibre optics around good old-fashioned used bulbs.

Sophie's Steakhouse Restaurant and Bar|
Lighting design by Kate Wilkins Lighting Designers Ltd |
Distributor Light Projects |
Photos by Julian Abrams |

Sophie's Steakhouse London England 

Sophie's Steakhouse London England

Sophie's Steakhouse Restaurant

Products used:
Droplet fittings, customized
Roblon PMMA Ø4.5 mm fibre
Schott Sideglow Ø1.3 mm fibre
Colour wheels, customized
FL 150-2 C DMX light generators


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