The first fixtures I worked on were the Steampunk fixtures for
the bar area, where my love for industrial design was allowed to flourish.
I started with stainless steel balls at the top, and then used a collection of vintage aluminum and nickel thermoses that I had collected over the years to build the main stem. I installed sockets on some of the thermoses, as well as on some old movie reels. To soften the light from below, I sandblasted some reclaimed glass lenses that had been used in light fixtures at an old factory in NY. (please mouse-over the picture on the right to see a closeup).
Over the bar I attached cylindrical fixtures onto curved brass rods. The cylinders have amber lucite rods threaded through them that cover the same long tubular filament bulbs used in the hanging fixtures, the idea being "Art Deco meets Steampunk". The lighting for the booths in this room will have a similar aesthetic and use the amber rods, but will be constructed differently. (please mouse-over the picture on the right to see a closeup)
For the main dining room, Catherine and I wanted to create more of an
"installation" than a single fixture and so I designed 41 brass and steel minimalist rod
armatures, decorated with some vintage erector set wheels.
After working with the exposed filament bulbs in the bar lights, I wanted to carry that theme through to the dining rooms to provide some design continuity, so in this room I used 11 inch tubular bulbs. Scattering the alignment of the rows afforded some optical interest depending on the angle of the viewer. (please mouse-over the picture on the right to see a closeup)
In the middle room, I used a reclaimed floor candlestick as the body, with 6 brass arms, capped with opposing
recycled beer bottles (from some of Michael's other restaurants). The original
Rustico restaurant in Alexandria has done some playful things with bottle
lights so I wanted to create a piece that paid homage to that. Michael,
Catherine and I also spent some late nights creating the bottle and mirror wall
at the front of the restaurant. (please mouse-over the picture on the right to see a closeup)
The back room is a private and organic
space with wood and cork dominating the design. For this area I wanted a more subtle, almost
celestial feel and designed "exoskeleton" orbs out of various topiary frames,
connected them with aged chain, and designed a sputnik fixture to float in the
middle, again using the exposed filament bulbs which look beautiful when
they are dimmed. (please mouse-over the picture on the right to see a closeup)