More Than Just a Quick Flush
Inspired By Design recently collaborated with two of the UK’s leading casino houses. Armed with clever lighting plans, hand-woven silk shades and a sea of bespoke crystal we helped to create a very stylish and contemporary glamour. The film Casino Royale, which launched in 2006, has helped to inject that much needed ‘James Bond’ excitement and allure back into the gambling business. After all, when you think of a casino it generally conjures up imagery of an emporium of extreme luxury and opulence with a touch of Belle Epoque (or even prohibition?!) All echoing the nostalgia from a bygone age. These two casino houses required very different lighting projects. We wanted to bring them both to life creating that excitement as well as the right ambient mood.
We were initially commissioned to produce a selection of lighting for the new Aspers Casino in Westfield. Richard Noble, Aspers Chief Operating Officer said: “Westfield’s Stratford City complex is arguably the finest of its kind in Europe. It opened in December 2012, and Aspers has now set a new benchmark for casinos.”
Aspers is a joint venture between the Aspinall Family and Crown Limited Australia, two of the world’s most distinguished entertainment and leisure groups. Their aim is to build a leisure destination with universal appeal and a stylish and contemporary making it a very different alternative to glitzy American-style casinos. They have opened casino houses in Newcastle and Northampton with plans for many more nationwide. Their theme is based around ‘A World of Entertainment’ and Aspers wants to be thought of going beyond just gaming…
Here are some of our favourite lighting schemes that we created for Aspers Westfield:
Our Ceiling Swirl is an organic-style form echoing ripples and swirls in the water. It works well in situ over the private bar – creating the right amount of sparkle for this area of exclusivity.
Here we have our hand-pleated Taupe Organza Circular Shades positioned to give just the right amount of diffused light over the Poker Tables.
The below set of lights have a very 50’s retro feel to them; they are a cluster of Circular Pendulum Lights with black silk shades. Situated both in the restaurant area and over the gaming tables they work well as a feature in these areas.
We then went on to do a lighting project for Gala Casinos in Russell Square. Inspired By Design was commissioned by Fisch Design to revamp the lighting in order to create a ‘Wow’ factor. Our brief was to help create a new centrepiece where there had previously been a crystal chandelier.
The centrepiece to the casino for many years was a crystal chandelier which had long since been removed to another site. This is where we stepped in with crystal bead chain light feature which was positioned in thegaming area. The stunning centrepiece is the crowning glory to another successful refurbishment project for Gala.
Maninder Lloyla, Creative Director at Fisch Design, commented: “Overall the lighting was a key factor in the design but we were looking for a bold statement in the gaming room, something to create a bit of a talking point. Wherever the old chandelier disappeared to, it certainly left a gaping hole in the ceiling.” She went on to say “the circular void was over four meters wide and almost five meters high. The effect of the new feature is like a crystal waterfall in the middle of the gaming room. It was a pleasure to work with Inspired By Design to interpret our ideas and source such a unique bespoke solution.” Maninder also added: “My heart went out to the fitter who had to set out and level up each individual bead chain, but his patience paid off and we are very pleased with the look. It exudes a luxury feel without breaking the bank. Designer and Client both happy!”