From the moment passengers set foot in one of seven unique lounges spanning United’s U.S.-based international hubs, the Polaris experience delivers unmatched luxury and a new on-board experience 30,000 feet in the air—all driven by exclusivity and personalization.
“It’s very exciting to be a part of a multi-year project for a strong global brand,” said Liz Bock, Luminii regional sales manager. “United and the project partners’ confidence in Luminii is a testament to the versatility and quality of our product line. We are able to deliver unmatched color, consistency and quality in LED lighting with highly adaptable applications that create unique, sophisticated and comfortable spaces.”
In addition to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Polaris Lounges offer premier international travelers unique, full-service hospitality experiences at United’s Dulles, Houston, LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Newark and San Francisco terminals.
“United Polaris is serene, sophisticated and exclusive in both concept and design,” Conforte said. “The project’s main design objectives were to celebrate the excitement and wonder of travel. With each lounge, we look to lighting to create a sense of arrival, transition and intimacy.”
That was the inspiration Gwen Grossman Lighting Design used to “paint the Polaris Lounge spaces with light” in a way that differentiated levels of activity. The lighting scheme complements the journey travelers are about to make.
“We wanted to convey activity through lighting,” said Gwen Grossman, principal of Gwen Grossman Lighting Design. “The bar area is brighter and demonstrates that it’s a hub for people to congregate. Conversely, lighting in the corridor spaces is dimmed and has features that emulate overnight lighting on an aircraft.”