Page 24 - Contract Lighting Magazine February 2019
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SWEET SUCCESS
Portions of the 150-year-old iron gate from the original Civil War-era building are suspended from the ceiling and used as framework for hanging custom lighting  xtures.
expansive outdoor seating, Sugercane’s gorgeous design elements are courtesy of award-winning architect Nancy J. Ruddy, founding principal
and Executive Director of Interior Design for CetraRuddy, and her team.
Ruddy has plenty of insights to share about the handcra ed, custom-designed lighting  xtures that help create the eclectic, vivacious atmosphere
at Sugarcane DUMBO. In both locations, she stresses the importance of lighting  xtures when creating the ideal surroundings and experience in hospitality.
“For both DUMBO and Miami, the design choice of lighting  xtures was as important as the interior design,  nished materials, and furniture to achieve a cohesive experience within the restaurant,” Ruddy explains. “None of the lighting  xtures were an a er-thought or add-on, but instead, integrated components that complete the whole design.”
Housed in an historic 1860s warehouse building, the aesthetic of Sugarcane DUMBO seamlessly combines contemporary sensibility with a subtle,
“THE
CONCEPT
OF EACH
DESIGN WAS
INSPIRED BY
THE BRAND’S
CUISINE AND
THE MOTTO,
‘KICK BACK,
EAT WELL, AND
STAY A WHILE.”
—Nancy J. Ruddy
historical vibe through lighting elements such as the open pendants and column-mounted sphere lamps. The unique private dining area – which features a large wood communal table made from reclaimed wood beams – is lit by a custom chandelier that pays homage to cooking vessels from the visible open kitchen.
According to Ruddy, every lighting  xture in the restaurant area was custom-designed and hand- cra ed to express their own personality while being an integral part of the whole design.
“The concept of each design was inspired by the brand’s cuisine and the mo o, ‘Kick back, eat well, and stay a while,’ and the rich history of the site,” Ruddy states. “For example, the feature chandeliers are created from the authentic, 150-year-old iron gates that were salvaged from the site. The original shape of the gates was kept intact, but were reimagined by suspending them loosely at irregular angles,” she notes. “We then chose Tala LEDs for the light sources [because they evoke] Old World  lament illumination in the
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