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Four Seasons Astir Palace Zico Lighting Images: Gavriil Papadiotis
The Four Seasons Astir Palace is an iconic destination within the city of Athens, Greece. Known and loved by both locals and tourists, the resort first opened its doors in 1958, and has welcomed many famous dignitaries over the years, from Jackie Kennedy and Liza Minnelli, to President Nixon and Nelson Mandela. Last year, the property underwent a complete overhaul, with its buildings completely renovated, preserving only structural elements and some of the exterior walls. London’s Lighting Design International (LDI) was chosen to create and implement the new lighting design for the Avra Lounge and Astir Palace as a whole, featured in darc issue 34. The brief for the Avra Lounge and bar was “to design a sophisticated lighting scheme with a distinctive residential feel, a glitzy yet homey lounge where the guests could relax and unwind after a day of beach or touristic pursuits.” Overlooking the waterfront, Avra Lounge is an all-day venue – relaxing in the day, and with a buzzing vibe in the evening. For a spot like this, it was essential that the lighting complemented the changes in daylight, and adapted to create a welcoming, intimate atmosphere throughout the day. The breath-taking setting of Avra Lounge, carefully created by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS), boasts bespoke feature pendants that provide a remarkable first impression on entering the space. The ribbed glass globes are lit with 2200K lamps, providing warm light to the whole area, while discreet accent lighting illuminates the tables and décor below. A Lutron lighting control system was used to allow
the lit canvas to be set seamlessly, using adjustable scene settings. LDI chose a selection of Zico Lighting’s 1-100% dimmable, flicker-free candle, GLS and golfball 2000-2200K lamps for this project. Sandra Brookes, Senior Designer at LDI, tells darc: “We used Zico lamps everywhere in the project for their great dimmability and fantastic compatibility with Lutron system. The lamps were mainly used for the decorative light fittings, and they helped solve the dimmability issues we always had in the past, where the decorative fittings presented different lamps that did not dim appropriately, had flicker, or their visual appearance was not right, both in terms of lighting and the look of the lamp. “Zico lamps look their best within the pendants of Avra Lounge, producing a lovely, golden glow.” Following the refurbishment, Avra Lounge has instantly been recognised by designers and media, recently claiming top spot in the Lighting category of the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. James Miller, Managing Director for Zico Lighting, adds: “It is always exciting to be involved in a project with LDI and MBDS. Their fantastic lighting designs never fail to impress and I am delighted that Zico lamps’ excellent quality is being recognised and preferred by those extremely talented professionals.” www.zico.lighting www.lightingdesigninternational.com mbds.com
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