West Texas makes me think of wide open spaces, friendly people, and places to hang out where, as Sam Malone would say, everybody knows your name. And when the design team from MWM Architects in Lubbock, Texas, sat down to create a brand new space for the Twisted Root Burger Company, that’s exactly the feel they were shooting for.
“Every Twisted Root is a little different and each has its own theme,” explains Sara Bradshaw, project manager with MWM. “Our theme was West Texas Dance Hall and we wanted a very eclectic, been-there-for-awhile feel with lots of personality.”
Along with Principle Architect Jason Moore, Sara searched for lighting... Read More
When you find something you like, the tendency is to keep coming back. To a favorite hiking trail, a favorite restaurant, or to your favorite industrial lighting fixture. Such is the case with The Hummus & Pita Company, a New York-based eatery that just opened its newest location on Times Square. Owner David Pesso, along with his mom Janice and brother Steve, chose both ceiling pendants and wall lighting from Barn Light Electric to help set the mood in each of their restaurants. They have created a warm and comfortable atmosphere where the only ethnic part of the restaurant is the food.
“We feel that hummus and pita have become so much a part of the... Read More
We love checking in with our design friends to see what’s new on their project list. One of our favs is Joel Snayd’s crew at Rethink Design Studio in Savannah. Joel has been featured on the blog in the past for several of his projects in and around Savannah. Today, we follow Sarah, project manager for the Rethink team, to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where she led a major remodeling effort in the opening of Rhubarb, a New American restaurant located in the heart of the city’s funky downtown Pack Square.
“We really wanted the design to stay grounded, a little bit rustic, but most of all comfortable,” Sarah says.... Read More
Commercial lighting is the true workhorse of the lighting industry. Commercial lights must be energy efficient, rugged enough to stand up to high-traffic areas, and fully illuminate signs, architecture, hostess stands, kitchens, display spaces, and doorways. They not only provide safety to customers but must be stylish enough to capture attention and entice those customers through the door.
Some business owners gravitate to run-of-the-mill sign lighting or fluorescent lighting to handle these tasks. We’d like to offer commercial business owners something better — highly efficient, durable lighting that is easy to customize, will complement any brand, and... Read More
Jael’s blood runs deep brown. Chocolate brown in fact.
Along with husband Dan, Jael’s passion is everything chocolate. As owners of the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville, North Carolina, the couple have created a dessert restaurant that’s not only a local favorite but also a destination for tourists eager to find out why a line forms on the sidewalk outside the door every day. Their success came not without growing pains. After repeated visits from the fire marshall concerned about the crowds packing the lounge, Dan and Jael sought out new space.
And while Jael may know chocolate, choosing the right lighting for the new location was... Read More
Design professionals are always looking for new inspiration — a fresh color, a different angle, or an innovative twist on an old favorite. This is especially true in commercial settings where clients want their business to stand out.
Designer Vanessa Deleon often finds inspiration from her travels and designs she has seen in other areas. In the case of the Brownstone Pancake Factory in Edgewater, New Jersey, she wanted to create a space that would get people talking.
“My team and I were up one night trying to think of how to turn things upside down and we chose to take that phrase literally,” Vanessa says. The result is a bold industrial space that... Read More