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Lighting Aug 28, 2023

Cathédrale restaurant:

Known for its razzle and dazzle, its larger-than-life persona, blinding lights and bling, there is nowhere quite like Las Vegas.

This is why, when it came to commissioning custom lighting fixtures for their new space, Vegas-based Cathédrale restaurant turned to none other than South African lighting designer Adam Hoets and his company Willowlamp.

Their choice hit the proverbial jackpot.

Known for their striking custom designs, the team at Willowlamp once again exceeded the wildest expectations, creating not one but two of the most captivating lighting designs ever seen.

“The project was commissioned by the talented project designers at the renowned Rockwell Group. We were entrusted with the task of interpreting and reimagining the intent of the flagship Cathédrale restaurant, located in New York’s East Village,” explains Willowlamp.

“Inspired by the historic Fillmore East, a well-known Yiddish theatre-turned concert hall, the interior design of the restaurant seamlessly blends elements of theatre, glamour, church and rock. One notable inspiration that influenced Adam’s design was the wire-mesh ceiling installation crafted by Italian artist Eduardo Tresoldi in the original flagship Cathédrale restaurant in New York City.

“To capture the essence of a theatrical rock venue housed within a glamorous church, Adam delved into the architectural references and motifs found in cathedrals. By studying their geometries, he extracted the perfect architectonic language.”

The result is two theatrical ceiling installations created with 60 000 metres of beaded chain and weighing close to 4.5 tonnes.

The first installation creates a massive beaded chain canopy in the dining room. While over the bar 22 000 chains create a statement lighting display transporting patrons to a world of awe and wonder – as is requisite in Vegas.


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