Architecture | Hospitality and Residential | Bounce |

AceBounce

Bounce Ping Pong Inc | Chicago, IL | 2016

British company Bounce wanted to bring its existing brand stateside. We partnered with UK-based interior designer Russell Sage Studio to help translate its lighting concept to the new location.

What It Was

Sports club meet nightclub. That’s the concept for AceBounce, a new sports entertainment experience that originated in England and got its first U.S. outpost in downtown Chicago. Half lounge, half ping-pong parlor, AceBounce blends the upscale food and beverage service of a posh club with the casual fun of table tennis.

What We Did

British company Bounce wanted to bring its existing brand stateside. We partnered with UK-based interior designer Russell Sage Studio to help translate its lighting concept to the new location. Like AceBounce itself, the lighting is a blend of entertainment and sports. Lighting from an overhead track system with color-tunable LED lamps both adds drama and ambiance to the space, while providing the required illuminance levels for play on the tables. It also adds a level of flexibility for parties and corporate events in the frequently rented space. Using an easy-to-operate central lighting control system, staff can transform the vibe from daytime to nighttime. After dark, UV illumination reveals glow-in-the-dark art—graffiti on the ceiling and three-dimensional objects mounted on walls—that are a signature of the Bounce brand. Lightswitch designed a custom architectural detail and mounted the fluorescent UV lights to metal framing atop the track system to hide the UV sources so they are a surprise for guests.

Why It Worked

More than just updating the existing design to American code standards, Lightswitch worked with the interior designer and client to ensure its brand identity was fully realized in its new space. Our updates—including a new control system for extra control and flexibility and fully integrated architectural and UV lighting systems—put a new spin on Bounce. Photos by Anthony Tahlier, courtesy of Bounce Ping Pong Inc.