Four Seasons Restaurant, New York, USA
Tillotson Design Associates
When the Four Seasons moved a few blocks from
its historic location in the Seagram Building in New
York, the lighting design was tasked with creating
‘a high-end dining experience where… everyone
looks and feels beautiful’. Harsh downlighting was
eschewed in favour of a custom decorative installation
of intersecting bronze tubes to provide soft, indirect
light in the main dining room. No additional lighting
clutters the pristine ceiling plane.
On the tables, custom, battery-powered table lamps
provide flattering front lighting at a more intimate
scale. The windows in the dining room are encased
with gold threaded mesh panels, with linear LED
grazers in the frames, which provides privacy
screening for the restaurant at night. In the bar, linear
grazers recessed into the floor highlight the hand-
blown glass beads along the perimeter glazing, adding
sparkle. A tunnel leads patrons from dimly lit to
brighter space with randomly placed miniature LED
point lights highlighting the wrapping bronze interior.
Throughout, the lighting is seamlessly integrated,
leaving only decorative fixtures exposed and visible.