Morimoto Restaurant: 2001-present

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Photo Credits: JR Krauza, Focus Lighting NYC

    Dramatic restaurant glows with saturated colors

    In 2001, restaurant designer Karim Rashid created a modern restaurant space for The Food Network's famous Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto. Focus Lighting promoted Rashid's architectural design, which resembles a magnificent piece of kinetic sculpture with straight, clean lines and glass partitions. Paul Gregory, Principal at Focus Lighting, enhanced this modern design by installing Color Kinetics iColor Cove LED luminaires (now specified as PureStyle Compact Powercore, IntelliHue) in the glass partitions between each of the restaurant's booths. The result was a display of rich, varied colored light and dynamic color changing effects — shifting from subtle white and pale tints to dramatic deep saturations. Gregory comments, "This was one of our first projects with Color Kinetics prior to LEDs becoming the 'thing' in the industry. Color Kinetics gave us the ability to light a space and make it timeless, both in the design sense and the literal sense."

    Since the installation in 2001, the luminaires have been running approximately 14 hours a day — almost 60,000 hours in total. Although a few power supplies have been replaced due to power surges, the installation has never had a failed unit and the LED luminaires are still going strong. "Overall, the system is rock solid," says project lighting designer, JR Krauza. "The no-fail system has also worked to our advantage since it is installed in a location that is pretty much impossible to access if any fixtures needed to be replaced."

    "The client has always been extremely pleased with the lighting and still feels that it is the defining feature of the space," says Krauza. "The LED lighting effects provide a wonderful, ever-changing visual interest for diners while accent lighting above maintains the visual integrity of the cuisine."
    Project credits

    Lighting Design:

    Paul Gregory, Principal, Focus Lighting NYC

    JR Krauza, Senior Designer, Focus Lighting NYC



    Karim Rashid

    Project Manager:

    Jaie Bosse, Project Manager, Focus Lighting NYC

    Derek Wadlington, Project Manager, Focus Lighting NYC

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