The lighting design’s primary objective for the new, though short-lived, location of the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City was to create a high-end dining experience in which patrons look and feel beautiful. In the main dining room, Tillotson Design Associates shirked harsh downlighting, instead conceiving a decorative installation of intersecting bronze tubes that provide soft, indirect light. Enhancing this effect, custom, battery-powered table lamps deliver flattering front lighting at an intimate scale.
A bronze-clad tunnel punctuated by randomly placed miniature LED point lights connects the dining room and bar. The latter offers a moody ambience, with linear grazers recessed into the floor and concealed by air diffuser grilles, highlighting the hand-blown glass beads along the perimeter glazing. Table lamps illuminate the central sunken bar, supplemented by a linear grazer under the countertop.
The restroom entry corridor is defined by a wooden lattice ceiling with an uplit finished wood ceiling beyond. Perimeter light fixtures concealed within the trellis frame create an unexpected, magical moment.
“Excellent use of integrated lighting and decorative lighting.” —Dave McCarroll, AIA, partner and CFO, KGM Architectural Lighting
Project Name: Four Seasons Restaurant, New York
Architect: Isay Weinfeld, São Paulo • Isay Weinfeld, Pedro Ricciardi, Marcela Aleotti, Adriana Aun
Architect of Record: Montroy DeMarco Architecture, New York • Steven Andersen, Daniel Terebelo, AIA, Chris White, AIA
Lighting Designer: Tillotson Design Associates, New York • Suzan Tillotson, Erin Dreyfous, Megan Trimarchi
Electrical Engineer: Stantec
Client Representative: LePartner Project Solutions
Custom Decorative Pendant Designer: Michael Anastassiades
Custom Decorative Fixture Designer: Isay Weinfeld
Electrical Contractor: Adco Electrical Corp.
Photographer: FG+SG Architectural Photography, John Muggenborg Photography
Project Size: 10,700 square feet
Watts per Square Foot: 6.5 (front of house)
Code Compliance: 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code
Manufacturers: USAI Lighting, Flos USA/Lukas Lighting, Flos, Luminii, Electrix, Moda Light, Inter-lux, Apure, Lutron