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Chan shines at Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

14 July 2011 10.00 BST

(UK) - Architectural practice Andy Martin Associates provides best lighting design for Thessaloníki restaurant in Greece at London awards ceremony.

Chan Restaurant has been awarded its 2nd award in 2011. This time for lighting design at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, which Andy Martin Associates (AMA) devised with the assistance of graphic designers Farrow Design, and Thomas Gravanis' L+DG Lighting who was responsible for the technical design.
AMA conceived a serene black aluminium box to which were applied backlit Asian graphic treatments, such as abstract bamboo patterning to the walls and the Japanese Karesansui garden graphics to the ceilings overlaying the dining tables. This was achieved with the technological assistance of NES light panels in the UK, using side emitting LED technology.
The light itself was used to expose the graphic on the black ceiling and not as a light source. AMA experimented with several different opening types and depths and final settled on a 6mm diameter hole with a depth of 3mm to produce visually hypnotic effect from all parts of the restaurant.

Andy Martin said that “after my trip to Japan and China for research, I felt that to create a truly contemporary Asian restaurant space, one must look at the dynamic atmospheres of Asian cities at night and combine traditional iconic graphics and craft.”

The third annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards was held at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London. Sponsored by Deltalight, the lighting category attracted some of the most creative global lighting designers.

Judged by some of the most influential lighting, design, architectural and hospitality personalities in the world including Dominic Harris, Cinimod Studio; Karim Rashid, Designer; Ian Callum, Design Director Jaguar Cars and Femke de Wild, Editor of Frame Magazine, both designers and hospitality operators were recognised for design excellence across a wide variety of categories.

Overall winners of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2011 were ‘Busaba Eathai’ restaurant by David Archer Architects (lighting design by Firefly) and ‘Smack’ bar/club by Steve Smith.


PIC: Vangelis Paterakis
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