Architecture | Hospitality and Residential |

Formento's

B. Hospitality Co. | Chicago | 2015

Focusing on making the interior warm and welcoming, Lightswitch Architectural designed lighting and lighting controls for the front- and back-of-house, including the bar and dining areas.

What It Was

Formento’s is a “family-style” restaurant in the truest sense of the word. From its well-loved, antique furniture to its vintage table linens, the homey Italian eatery was designed by Gary Lee Partners to evoke memories of Sunday dinner at grandma’s house. In fact, the restaurant is named after Nonna Formento, co-owner John Ross’ own grandmother, and its menu blends traditional Italian recipes with new Italian-American favorites.

What We Did

Focusing on making the interior warm and welcoming, Lightswitch Architectural designed lighting and lighting controls for the front- and back-of-house, including the bar and dining areas. We used a combination of LED and incandescent sources with a 2,700K CCT to create a soft, amber light that complements the rich finishes, enhances the warmth throughout the dishes and makes diners feel at home. The architectural lighting also highlights unique elements: Cylinder spots reveal the vintage sideboard-turned-serving station in the main dining area, while LED cove lights create a soft halo around the tin ceilings in the bar and private dining area.

Why It Worked

Like a big bowl of grandma’s pasta, our inviting illumination provides a sense of warmth and comfort. Paired with a DALI-based control system, the lighting also gives the owners the flexibility to easily adjust the atmosphere if needed. Photos: Jonathan Allen (c) Jonathan Allen Studio