Eddystone shown in zinc finish with opal glass. Interiors by Blue Wolf LLC.

Café Society

It’s called ambiance for a reason. The ambient glow of a thoughtfully lit restaurant can transform any meal into an occasion.

From the dispersal of low light in a romantic dining room to the high-velocity illumination of an all-day café to the laid-back bounce of beams in a bistro, lighting provides an element of stagecraft that extends to the home, as well, and supports the same illusion—that we are our best, brightest, and most charming selves when gathered around the table. 

Lately, we’ve been exploring some of these hospitality-driven spaces and environments and the ways that they have inspired us. Cafés certainly rank at the top of that list, requiring lighting with an enduring brightness and sense of presence—the better to sustain the up tempo pace of service—but with an inherently casual design that enhances the convivial vibe of a bustling dining area. Below are 7 lights that strike that balance and bring a bit of café flavor to the table.

Malplaquet shown in Pantone 7458C Blue Paint with Bronze accents and partially etched glass. Interiors by Black & Poole.
Malplaquet shown in RAL 7035 powder coat with bronze accents and partially etched glass.
Malplaquet shown in RAL #7035 Light Grey powder coat finish with bronze accents and partially etched glass. Interiors by Standard Fare as seen in The Ordinary, Charleston, SC.

2. Mac

Mac shown in blackened pewter finish with blackened pewter accents and hewn brass shade interior finish.  Interiors by Melissa Perello as seen in Octavia, San Francisco, CA.
Mac shown in blackened pewter with blackened pewter accents, hewn brass shade interior finish, and customized bracket.
Mac shown in blackened pewter finish with blackened pewter accents and hewn brass shade interior finish. Interiors by Melissa Perello as seen in Octavia, San Francisco, CA.
Winston shown in black finish with clear glass. Interiors by Hannah Collins of ROY.
Winston shown in bronze finish with etched glass. Interiors by Kathryn Lager Design Studio as seen in Henrietta Red, Nashville, TN.
Eddystone shown in bronze finish. Interiors by David Thompson Architect.
From left: Eddystone shown in zinc finish with opal glass. Rex shown in zinc finish with zinc accent, customized. Interiors by Blue Wolf LLC.
Eddystone shown in bronze finish with opal glass.
Rex Wall shown in black finish with hewn brass accents. Interiors by Hancock Design as seen in Petit Trois, Los Angeles, CA.
Rex Wall shown in black finish with hewn brass accents. Interiors by Hancock Design as seen in Petit Trois, Los Angeles, CA.

6. Houe

Houe shown in white finish with black accents. Interiors by Square Feet Studio as seen in The Depot, Atlanta, GA.
Houe shown in RAL #7035 powder coat finish and hewn brass accents.
The Flat shown in hewn brass finish with custom powder coat match Benjamin Moore #2036-10 Cat's Eye Green accents, customized. Interiors by Ken Fulk. Photography by Genevieve Garruppo.
The Flat shown in hewn brass finish with custom powder coat match Benjamin Moore #2036-10 Cat's Eye Green accents, customized. Interiors by Ken Fulk. Photography by Genevieve Garruppo.
The Flat shown in heirloom finish with RAL #7012 Basalt Grey accent. Interiors by Tracey Hardenburg.

Love these café installs? Head over to our Café Society page for even more restaurant-ready light fixtures!