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Black Star Pastry

Prize(s) Winners in Restaurant and Bar Lighting
Company Studio Illumine
Lead Designers Azlan Nazam, Shiny Kuang
Other Designer's names Interior Design: Linehouse
Interior Design Company Linehouse
Client Black Star Pastry
Other Credits Photo Credit - Jonathan Leijonhufvud / Art Curation - Louis Li
Completion Date April, 2021
Project Location Shanghai, China
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Entry Description

Studio Illumine designed the lighting atmosphere for Black Star Pastry, a space-themed cafe in downtown Shanghai. The interiors evoke the feeling of being in space through the use of a monochromatic palette, reflective materials and bespoke lighting.

The ground floor serves as a pastry cafe. The design immerses the visitors in the sensation of being in a spaceship - The walls of the cafe are lined with stainless steel shelving holding thousands of meteorites extending to the ceiling. Lighting the meteorite shelves was the biggest challenge of this project. Adequate lighting is required to highlight the minerals, yet precisely calibrated to ensure that the space is not over-illuminated due to the density of reflective shelving. Each shelf is edge-lit within a sliding system to allow for rear maintenance access of LEDS.

Leading up to the first floor is Black Star Gallery, an exhibition-style dining space. The dark interiors with low ceilings create a stark contrast with daylight during the day. To reduce this contrast, the ceiling soffit is up-lit to create a brighter environment, bridging a natural transition between daylight and artificial light.

Company Description

Studio Illumine is an international team of lighting designers with a passion for light, architecture and art. The design practice was founded in 2012 and is based in Shanghai. The highly-skilled team come from a variety of design backgrounds and specialise in architectural lighting design solution for high-end corporate, retail, commercial, healthcare and education projects. Its independent and professional status ensures that its services are unaffiliated with manufacturers. Studio Illumine is design focused, crafting holistic designs through close coordination with other design thinkers.