Project detailsProject type: Hospitality
Location: New York, New York, United States
Lighting Design: C.M. Kling & Associates
Photographer: Evan Joseph
Designers CM Kling used Lumenpulse LED luminaires to give the Trouble's Trust - the newest bar at the iconic New York Palace Hotel - a look that is both modern and respectful of its past.
The fixtures have a long life, and are easily maintainable, which makes it easier on hotel staff.David Ghatan
CM Kling + Associates
Trouble's Trust Bar - New York Palace Hotel
The iconic New York Palace Hotel - once the Helmsley Palace - has recently completed a sweeping, $140 million renovation. As part of this ambitious modernization, the hotel opened the Trouble's Trust, a cocktail bar and lounge named after Trouble, a dog who inherited $12 million from Leona Helmsley.
The hotel engaged designers CM Kling, who used light to create a playful, yet sophisticated, ambiance, centred on the bar's decorative wine rack. To backlight this eye-catching feature, the designers opted for Lumenfacade RGBW luminaires. RGBW is a more sophisticated alternative to RGB, with the addition of white light providing extended color and brighter whites and pastels. The contour of the bar is then uplit from the position of the foot rail with very warm 2700K Lumentask luminaires.
The combined effect produces a sleek, contemporary feel, which comes at no expense to the building's historic interior architecture.
"The lighting is meant to bring out other elements, while also adding something from a practical point of view," said David Ghatan, president at CM Kling. "The fixtures have a long life, and are easily maintainable, which makes it easier on hotel staff," he said.
The firm also used Lumentalk technology to bring digital control to the exterior Lumencove luminaires, which frame the historic façade in a golden niche. The end result keeps maintenance and energy costs low, and helps provide a modern touch, all while heightening the hotel's timeless grandeur.
4 x Lumenfacade Interior RGBW (1', 30 X 60)
4 x Lumenfacade Interior RGBW (2', 30 X 60)
12 x Lumenfacade Interior RGBW (4', 30 X 60)
2 x Lumentask (1', 2700K)