Whimsical, humorous, fun. All ways in which the jury described the upside-down table lamps turned pendants at this popular Los Angeles nightspot. The concept, by legendary designer Philippe Starck, tasked lighting firm Lighting Design Alliance with implementing the design while adhering to California's Title 24 requirements. Each decorative luminaire is outfitted with three 7W candelabra lamps for an atmospheric glow. A single 20W MR16 spotlight casts fully functional light on the tabletops below. To meet Title 24, each pendant does not exceed a total of 41W. A custom lowering device allows the height of the fixtures to be lowered for intimate gatherings or raised for private events. Set on a single dimming circuit, the pendants are zoned to layer light levels throughout the club and extend lamp life. The bar top has slightly higher light levels. One man's trash is another man's treasure. This clever reuse and relamping of an eclectic array of decorative table lamps gives new meaning to the concept of recycling.
Manufacturers / Applications
Osram Sylvania: 20W MR16 lamps in upside down table lamp pendants
RSA: Low-voltage housing, pinhole aperture, linear spread lens and round trim in upside down table lamp pendants
Note: Selection of decorative table lamps— Hallmark, Oly, Robert Abbey, and Shine—by interior designer.