If good design is functional and visually appealing, great design is also ingenious and unexpected. Especially when it comes to ceilings – often overlooked and impersonal – choosing unique lighting solutions has a powerful impact. In fact, when treated with the attention they deserve, ceilings can turn into the focal point of a room and give a space a sense of distinction and splendor like no other element of design.

Photo above: Stéphane Brugger  via contemporist.com 

Here are a few excellent examples that make smart use of lights to recreate a space.

A geometric design and a contrasting white-and-red chromatic combination take the ceiling of the Salon Urbain in Montreal to a dramatic level. The space is a former parking area transformed by Sid Lee Architecture and Aedifica into an urban lounge located in Place des Arts. It serves as a place to meet before and after attending a concert in the music hall, visiting a gallery or attending a conference.

Meant to be inspiring and artistic, the ceiling uses red as the color that calls to mind the image of raising curtains and performance nights. The geometric design allows for a clever mix of lights and shadows, reminiscent of the mysterious nature of the arts, revealing and enigmatic at the same time.

Photo: Stéphane Brugger  via contemporist.com

Designed by Tokyo-based Igarashi Design Studio, Tsumori Chisato’s Shangai Boutique is the architectural counterpart of the elaborate clothing creations dreamed up by the well-known Japanese fashion designer. The space, resplendent with gold tones, is completed with a ceiling whose small lights echo the shape of the tables. The result is a cohesive space, where different elements of design seem to communicate with each other.

Photo by Nacasa & Partners via knstrct.com

The high ceilings of the Studio M Hotel in Singapore are an opportunity to make a statement. A collection of svelte pendants is cascading over the reception counter, mimicking its shape and bringing it into the spotlight.

Hotel lobby uses unique cascading lights to draw attention to reception counter

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Finally, Kukumuku, a restaurant-theatre for families with kids, located in Vilnius, Lithuania, and designed by Plazma Architecture Studio takes a playful turn with unique lighting. White luminaries in the shape of houses that are placed above the tables create the appearance of a floating city and a warm fairy-tale atmosphere.

Restaurant with unique lighting configuration in the shape of a floating city

Photo: Leonas Garbačauskas via retaildesignblog.net

Please take a look at our Before and After images of selected projects from 2016 HERE.

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