Art Deco-Inspired Lighting Anchors Newly-Opened Leña Restaurant

 VISO Lighting, Lena Restaurant, Oliver and Bonacini

Our Latest Project

Our team is excited to share our latest custom light fixture project. We partnered with Toronto-based studio The Design Agency to design-engineer and manufacture decorative lighting for Oliver & Bonacini’s latest restaurant, Leña. The restaurant is located within Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in Toronto.

Project Goals

Leña is located in the historic Hudson’s Bay building at 160 Yonge Street. The iconic building was originally built in 1895 by Toronto firm Burke and Horwood. An expansion in 1929 by the same firm introduced the Art Deco design elements.

The goal of the project was to create custom lighting fixtures that complimented the restaurant interiors by The Design Agency as well as the heritage Art Deco design elements.

Design Challenge

Undertaking a project of this size and caliber can pose many challenges in relation to lighting design. The main challenge for this project was to create a cohesive collection of custom light fixtures for each room that worked with both the restaurant interior and the existing Art Deco design elements.

Additionally, a custom light fixture needed to be designed for the bar area taking into consideration an existing Art Deco column that could not be removed or altered.

Design Solution

The Design Agency provided VISO with design intention for three different chandeliers and numerous custom wall scones for the project. Inspired by Art Deco movement, the chandeliers and sconces feel modern yet incredibly timeless.

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Leña Restaurant Custom Chandeliers

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This large sculptural chandelier was built around a heritage column in the bar area of the restaurant. VISO developed a cladding frame, which is installed around the column. The frame includes 21 hairline brass arms that support pear-shaped frosted glass orbs powered by LEDs. The overall custom light fixture is dramatic and acts as a focal point in the room.

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A second chandelier was developed for the main dining room. It features ten circular LED pendants finished in gorgeous brushed hairline bronze. Each disc pendant is comprised of two metal discs, the larger is a 264mm shallow dome, and the smaller is 203mm in circumference and acts as a diffuser. Each disc is supported by matte black powder coated tubes and canopies.

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The third chandelier design-engineered by VISO can be found in the lower level dining room. Comprised of two oversized metal rings measuring 318mm and 178mm respectively, the chandelier is powered by 15.4w LED and features a frosted white diffuser. The chandelier’s sturdy metal frame is finished in hand-painted brass.

Leña Restaurant Wall Sconces

As previously mentioned, VISO created numerous unique wall scones for this project using the same materials found in the chandeliers.

For the bar area, we took inspiration from the chandelier to develop a wall sconce that mirrors the look of brass arms and pear-shaped glass orbs. The glass orbs are frosted on the bottom, clear on the top and include a brown leather strap, which allows the orb to be affixed to the stem. In the lower level dining room, the wall sconces are an abstraction of our Globo light pendant that is affixed to a series of three matte black powder coated arms.

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Found at the hostess stand, a tubular wall sconce was created to create dramatic up and down light. Powder coated in matte black, the fixture houses two 7W LEDs that produce’s 3000K of warm light. Just outside the restrooms is a cozy nook that features a gorgeous jungle-inspired printed wallpaper, portrait of the restaurant chef’s mother-in-law and a single hairline brushed brass art light sconce used to illuminate the portrait.

Custom Light Fixture Finishes

We used high-end materials such as frosted glass, hairline bronze plated metal, leather and gorgeous frosted glass domes to finish the custom restaurant lighting. The chandeliers and many of the light pendants were finished in hand-painted matte hairline bronze to fit with the art deco style of the restaurant. We used soft, frosted globes and warm LEDs to create a modern yet cozy atmosphere to encourage guests to linger.

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