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colored and textured glass panes that provide mystery and an indication
of the delight of all senses one is about to experience. Inside, antiqued
Cuban terra-cotta tiles are embedded in raw concrete and hand-sewn
fragments of South American caning create ledges for growing herbs used
in daily cooking. The eclectic, welcoming result supports the owners’
open, “come one, come all” vibe, reflecting the spirit the SUGARCANE
brand has come to represent since its 2010 Miami debut.
For any hospitality space, lighting is an essential component to the
design. Mixing subtle ambient fixtures along with decorative lighting
sources enhances and highlights selected elements and experiences.
At SUGARCANE, handcrafted custom-designed lighting fixtures serve to
illuminate existing structural elements like the extraordinary wood ceiling
while creating intimacy and warmth at the dining level. Open pendants
and column-mounted sphere lamps blend a modern sensibility with
a subtle, historically referential quality. A unique private dining area,
defined by a large wood communal table, is lit by a custom chandelier
that pays homage to cooking vessels from the visible open kitchen,
radiating warmth and a seductive glow. The main mission of lighting
in a restaurant is to generate a radiance that creates beauty.
The lighting and other design details, along with feature elements,
should work together to create a memorable experience with
moments of discovery and surprise. For a unique setting like
SUGARCANE, the key is subtlety. For a more conventional location, such as the tallest office building in Manchester, U.K., where
CetraRuddy recently completed 20 Stories—a new two-story
restaurant inspired by nature and the ever-changing Manchester
skyline—transformation is needed. Upon arrival, guests discover
they’ve entered a garden in the sky where the locally rich landscape
embraces elements of luminosity and reflectivity while incorporating
tactile materials, charges of color, and organic forms.
The new culinary destination is an impressive example of how
hospitality leaders create magnetic, winning venues. It also highlights
the two unique paths of adaptive reuse for hospitality: For 20 Stories,
the original space is more of a blank canvas—a bland office space
welcoming a transformation to match the chef’s farm-to-table
inspiration. For the historic Gilded Age warehouse at SUGARCANE,
on the other hand, the original architectural fabric is highlighted and
celebrated through the design, blending old with new to breathe new
life into a storied space.
SUGARCANE, located in Brooklyn, N. Y.,
was originally home to a 19th-century
warehouse complex that has been
remodeled to suit the interior needs of
multiple modern retailers and
Whether customers are dining in
Miami or Brooklyn, the owners of
SUGARCANE want individuals to feel
the "come one, come all" vibe that
the brand works to represent.