The Details Shine at La Centrale
Every little detail sets La Centrale apart from more conventional food halls. Millwork, tile, foliage and arches are carefully illuminated to create a rich, textured visual experience.
“There were a lot of lighting dimensions: direct lighting, indirect lighting accenting design features and lighting aimed through interior decor like plants and partitions,” Dumais said. “So, for us, the challenge was to put all of these layers together to create a sense of drama and, ultimately, make people feel comfortable in the space.”
“What is great about Luminii’s product line,” Dumais continued, “is they offer so many different profiles and make it easy to specify based on your application. Some other companies offer similar products, but they make it difficult to specify. It’s another thing that sets Luminii apart.”
Illuminating design details takes precision and requires light sources that place an emphasis on high color quality and beautiful light output. Designers need form factors that are attractive, and most importantly, nimble. The Luminii Kendo System was chosen for these qualities in addition to its extremely low profile, with a height of just 0.3 inches with a mounting clip.
“The Kendo S really let the design team’s imagination run wild to come up with some unique mounting and millwork details,” Raica-Scallan said. “They were able to insert the Kendo S profile into very tight spaces and create truly unique effects.”
Luminii designs its complete fixtures with flexibility in mind. Lighting designers and specifiers seek highly modifiable options when illuminating one-of-a-kind spaces, and Luminii delivers.
“We give designers and contractors the ability to change up an end cap or a mounting clip,” Raica-Scallan said. “We can even come up with other mounting solutions that uniquely meet a particular project’s needs.”
La Centrale was constructed quickly with evolving field conditions, including swapped-out materials and changing dimensions. Contractors needed adaptable products so they could tweak details on the fly.
“Sometimes,” Dumais said, “as much as we plan out the right color temperature for the space, things change. For instance, a material change might happen that causes us to revisit what that color temperature was specified at. With Luminii’s products, we are able to add theatrical filters in order to color the light a little bit differently, giving it a unique effect.”
Luminii luminaires and LED light strips are offered in multiple color temperatures, ranging from 2200K to 4100K. While the majority of the color temperatures specified for La Centrale were pre-determined in the finished products, Luminii gave BOLD the ability to use color filters to further enhance the output.
“It’s a very adaptable product line,” Raica-Scallan said, “which is one of the reasons we have such a strong following of lighting design firms.”
La Centrale’s emphasis on millwork required a lighting product that could be field-cut to completely illuminate every minute detail and dimension.
“The versatility and flexibility of Luminii’s products made it easier for the contractors to identify solutions in the field,” Raica-Scallan said. “They could handle and install the lighting in a manner that met their onsite needs, creating more impact than originally thought.”