Architecture | Hospitality and Residential | Boka Restaurant Group |

Swift & Sons

Boka Restaurant Group | Chicago | 2015

Lightswitch Architectural designed the lighting to complement AvroKO’s concept. Cove lighting in the ceilings reveals original structural details like the exposed, raw concrete columns and mushroom capitals, while unobtrusive dimming LED luminaires offer balanced illumination in the dining areas.

What It Was

Swift & Sons brings the Chicago steakhouse back to the future. The Boka Restaurant Group’s newest dining experience is inspired by the city’s history as a meatpacking mecca. Located in a revamped cold storage facility in the historic meatpacking district, the steakhouse is named after one of the titans of the industry, Gustavus Franklin Swift. Design firm AvroKO imagined the interiors as what the Swift company headquarters might have looked like in the retro-future, infusing old-school elements like wood millwork, tufted leather banquettes and mosaic tiles with a subtle futuristic-minimalism.

What We Did

Lightswitch Architectural designed the lighting to complement AvroKO’s concept. Cove lighting in the ceilings reveals original structural details like the exposed, raw concrete columns and mushroom capitals, while unobtrusive dimming LED luminaires offer balanced illumination in the dining areas. Additional lighting was thoughtfully integrated into the new architectural elements—such as the paneled walls at the entry, curved niches in the dining area and display shelves in the bar—to highlight the architecture and art and objects on display. Digitally controlled LED lighting was used throughout for ease of maintenance and longevity, ensuring that guests get a consistent experience night after night.

Why It Worked

Swift & Sons marks our fourth collaboration with Boka Restaurant Group and our second with AvroKO. Once again, our lighting elevated AvroKO’s incredible interiors and helped to create a signature dining experience that keeps customers coming back. Photos courtesy of Boka Restaurant Group