When Mike Darvill & his creative team at SMA Design began to develop a brand new space for a restaurant in Perth, Western Australia, they looked to the Indian Ocean for inspiration.

“We wanted to create a shipping dock setting crossed with old factory styling,” says Mike Darvill, associate director with SMA Design. “We wanted patrons to feel like they could be waiting for a ship to dock, ready to unload cargo.” The Cutting Board is located in a new mixed-use building and features slow-cooked meats, burgers, breakfast, and coffees. To highlight this new eatery, the SMA team, along with their builder – Pinnacle Commercial Interiors, chose a variety of lighting to give a warm, soft output.

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Beckoning customers to the front door is a large sign illuminated with six Frontier Angle Shades from Barn Light Australia. These rugged 8″ (20cm) shades are finished in a Textured Black and feature G22 gooseneck arms which brings the light upwards then back towards the sign for maximum effect.

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Inside the restaurant, the company logo is splashed along a large wall with white subway tile under the glow of three 14″ (35cm) Original™ Gooseneck Barn Lights also in a Textured Black finish. These lights are mounted on long, slender G9 gooseneck arms to give more than 47″ (1.2m) of projection from the wall. Matching Original™ Gooseneck Barn Lights also highlight the chalkboards which display the menu and daily specials.

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Along the walls, the design team chose the rustic look of the Atomic Topless Industrial Guard Sconce customised with a Rust finish, a thick cast guard, and clear glass.

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“The sconces, barn light shades, and gooseneck arms allowed us to portray a setting from another time, around the 1930s” Mike explains. The design team mimicked the look they found in old warehouse photos.

“We saw photos of old signs and wall lighting over docking crates and shipping goods,” Mike says. “Black was a good colour that has a  nice contrast against the stark white wall tiles in the fitout. We definitely like the authenticity and how the light is directed from each shade.”

Photos courtesy of SMA Design & Pinnacle Commercial Interiors


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