Having successfully designed the space for Ivoire Pastry Boutique I with a unique approach, kobi lighting studio has once again, in collaboration with Chef Kasey Doan co-founder of Ivoire Pastry brand, been asked to design Ivoire Pastry II, a pâtisserie with an alternative yet stunning layout for customers to enjoy their delights.
“Light is not designed only for spaces, it is aimed at people living and working in these spaces!” kobi lighting studio
When facing the challenge of creating the right lighting for spaces, kobi prioritizes the effects it has on the people who will spend time in those spaces. Remarkable pastry know-how requires proper lighting in order to provide the right working conditions. The kitchen is the heart and soul of any pastry; it’s where every piece is made and put together, therefore it has to be well-designed and fully lit for the chef’s mastery to peak.
“Kobi made the kitchen bright, it actually feels bigger thanks to the lighting. The lights also enable us to see the right colors of the pastry, which is important. Compared to the first pastry shop, the staff loves the kitchen a lot more. I guess it mentally makes them more efficient” Kasey complimented.
For Ivoire, we tailored adapted lighting solutions for the needs of the workers and to help them feel well at work.
The outer layer of the “cake”:
At the beginning of the project, special emphasis has been put on the exterior of the pastry shop. The mission was to envision a special layout that makes sure the shop looks stunning and attracts customers. A variety of solutions were chosen to find the best approach. Our team decided to layer the lights to create a noticeable contrast through lighting design to make the pastry stand out from its surroundings.
A homey, friendly feeling and atmosphere:
Ivoire Pastry II is significantly different from its predecessor. The mood was set to be warm and welcoming; hence a different approach in choosing the color palette. From day to night, different light exposures in the shop were carefully calculated and executed to ensure setting up the right mood. Those who come to Ivoire Pastry Boutique will be filled with soft and layered lights that weren’t applied just to illuminate but also to guide and enhance the customer experience. On the ground floor, clients can see through the glass behind the main display to observe and admire the kitchen, where all the work is being done. This particularity of Ivoire’s kitchen scenery has been made possible thanks to consistent lighting design.
The attention to detail:
Signature and uniqueness are what build a brand. Ivoire Pastry II is a fine example of a subtle application of the brand’s signature : its logo takes various forms and can be spotted everywhere in and out of the shop.
Outdoor: At first impression, any pedestrian strolling on the street will be greeted with a custom-made signage lamp. It was designed and master-crafted in collaboration between our studio and Corretto – Atelier of lights is a real light signature. The illuminated lamp is readable in both directions to attract the attention of any passer-by, whenever they’re walking up or down the street. When customers decide to enter the shop, in connection with outdoor and indoor is a custom-made door handle, in the shape of Ivoire’s logo, designed by Matthias Laurent from Wedothatstuff and crafted by Sebastien Sicot from Blacksmith & Design.
Indoor: Once immersed inside the shop, visitors will notice that there is another master-crafted décor being highlighted on the wall. The glowing lamp was made stand out, this ceramic piece was custom made through the collaboration of CeramicSouls (Agnes Thierry), kobi lighting studio, and Blacksmith & Design. The directional lighting reflecting off the ceramic produces an almost creamy effect and a play of shadows on the facets of the logo in 3d. Also lit from behind to create a floating effect, this lamp definitely showcases the Ivoire logo. It’s the objects like this one, rich in detail and technical know-how that make a project exceptional! Finally, on the second floor, another signature piece can be found, it’s the table legs. Customers can appreciate this ornament no matter where they are sitting, thanks to the subtle lighting in kobi’s design.
The “right” lighting:
“What I love about kobi, is that they use the light to lift up my cake. They know what they are doing” said Kasey Doan.
As lighting designer, we are aware that the light we shed on products in retail has its role to play in the uniqueness of the brand, as if by magic, the right light makes the food appear more realistic, makes the space more relaxing, and brightens all the senses. The lighting at Ivoire has been designed to highlight not only just the quality of the products but also its branding. Only a pure and well-thought-out light can pay homage to the remarkable know-how of Chef Kasey required for her precious creations and to this pastry shop run with passion.
Client: Chef Kasey (Doan) and Mr. Nigel
Interior designer & Architect: T3 Architects
Lighting designer: kobi lighting studio
Art director: Wedothatstuff
Exterior Ivoire Light fixture: Corretto – Atelier of lights
Door Handle and Signage: Blacksmith & Design
Handcrafted Ceramic Logo: Ceramic Souls
Kitchen : Ly Bao Minh
Photographs by ALISA Production (Herve Gouband)
Scope of lighting design: lighting concept | lighting design development | lighting detail & technical design | lighting authorship supervision