In Summary
  • Sitting in this coffee house has drawn me to the trendy craft of sexy lighting.
  • The lighting fixtures are suspended across the eatery’s entire ceiling, tipping on the fine boundary between tacky and tasteful.

I am writing from a coffee house today. I do this often — leave my office desk and go write from elsewhere. Working from the office day after day can sometimes get sorely boring. It leaves me drained of creative energy. Coffee houses such as this offer an immediate remedy to get those juices flowing again. It is fun. It makes the work fun. Heck, it is built for such fun.

The din here is a mix of urban chatter, music covers and the clink of cutlery against crockery. It comforts me. The whiff of coffee and confectionery wafts above like a helium balloon.

They have happy hour every day from 4pm, where they serve in tall, silly glasses, colourful cocktails that have ice cubes, fruit slices and tots of liquor.

Sitting in this coffee house has drawn me to the trendy craft of sexy lighting. I notice them whenever I look up from banging at my laptop. The chap who styled the interiors here went gung-ho with the lighting.

CONTEMPORARY STYLES

He selected a dizzying mix of rustic and contemporary styles, industrial and vintage, geometric lines and curved meshwork in matt brass and black, and playful primary colours. Chandeliers dominate the main sitting area.

The lighting fixtures are suspended across the eatery’s entire ceiling, tipping on the fine boundary between tacky and tasteful.

I recently pulled one of the waiters aside and asked, “The lighting here is really good. Might you know who did the interiors?” He looked up at the lighting fixtures as though noticing them for the first time. I could see him thinking. He shrugged his shoulders, defeated, as if I had asked him whether a hive has more than one queen bee. He said, “Sorry, I don’t know.”

The more I run away from my office desk and sit in this eatery, the more I am drawn to its lighting fixtures. This element of basic household illumination has evolved into a pivotal aspect of interior decor and design.

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