Category Archives: Relax

Color Mixing and Connotations


  • Mixing colors of light
  • In absence of color the result is black
  • Presence of all three primaries is white


  • Mixing colors pigment / CMYK
  • Absence of color is white
  • Presence of all three primaries is black

Color Mixing

How the color black affects us physically and mentally?

  • Feeling inconspicuous
  • A restful emptiness
  • Mysterious evoking a sense of potential and possibility


How the color gray affects us physically and mentally?

  • Unsettling
  • Expectant

Stormy Sky


  • The color seen by the eye in perfect darkness
  • Eigengrau is perceived as lighter than a black object in normal
  • Lighting conditions, because contrast is more important to the
  • Visual system than absolute brightness.



  • Aids mental clarity
  • Encourages us to clear clutter or obstacles
  • Evokes purification of thoughts or actions
  • Enables fresh beginnings



Supermaniac Clads Nen Restaurant With 3,000 Pieces Of Hung Charcoal

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Guests are met with rungs of charred wood, gently illuminated from below

Nen resturant Charcoal nstallation

The charred pieces come from the region’s ubame oak

Serving as a visual indication of the food on offer inside, this restaurant in japan is clad with 3,000 individual charcoal pieces taken from ubame oak. designed by local studio supermaniac, the use of the material continues inside the dining establishment, which serves mainly charbroiled dishes. Upon entering ‘nen’, guests are met with further rungs of charred wood, gently illuminated from below. Within the seated areas, ‘kiku-zumi’ – a crosscut sawtooth oak charcoal that resembles the chrysanthemum flower – has been used. the pieces are placed between a one-way mirror and a fully reflective surface, creating a series of smaller reflections that enhance the form of the material. Within the design, traditional Japanese products have been incorporated to recall established ways of dining, while simultaneously embracing contemporary cuisine.

Click HERE to read more

Article Written by : Philip Stevens

Image courtesy of : Supermaniac inc

Source : Designboom

2015’s Most Exciting Building Projects

Mexicon Airport

Artist’s Rendering for the most sustainable airport in the world Mexico City International Airport

This year will see construction begin on the new Mexico City International Airport, boasting to be the most sustainable airport in the world. The airport will have just one terminal, measuring 470,000-square-meters, which will eventually serve six runways. The entire terminal is enclosed within a continuous lightweight gridshell, embracing walls and roof in a single, flowing form, evocative of flight. The design ensures short walking distances and few level changes, it is easy to navigate, and passengers will not have to use internal trains or underground tunnels – it is a celebration of space and light.

Click HERE to read more about the other Projects.

Article Written by : Matthew Ponsford

Photo by : Artist Rendering

Source : edition.cnn

Top Middle East projects proposed in 2015


Dream Island a manmade island in Ras Al Khaimah, which is being billed as a “mini Ibiza”,

With only three months into 2015, regional projects have already started to pick up up numerous large-scale developments planned for the Gulf, as well as the rest of the Arab world. Egypt is taking the lead with its announcement of a masterplan for a new capital city designed by SOM as well as a much talked about pyramid skyscraper.

Click HERE to read more about the Projects.

Article Written by: Aidan Imanova

Photo : From designMENA

Source: designMENA.

Spiralling underwater cities could make oceans inhabitable by 2030


Underwater cities with infrastructure networks

Underwater cities with infrastructure networks spiralling down into the depths of the oceans could be a reality as soon as 2030. Micro-organisms could be used to turn carbon-dioxide into methane according to a Tokyo-based company. This would fuel power generators along the spiral, which would also take advantage of differences in seawater temperature to create additional energy.The concept was developed in partnership with Tokyo University and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (Jamstec)

Click HERE to read more about the project.

Article Written by: Amy Frearson.

Photo courtesy of: Shimizu Corp.

Source: Dezeen

AWA Project Update 2014: Part 2 of 2

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July 31st 2014
Vol. 12.2
Dear Friends,

We hope you enjoyed reading our newsletter sent out two weeks ago. A heartfelt thanks for all the good wishes received from many of you.

Here is Part 2 of 2 of our project update series. This past year has been busy with several project completions and new project kick-offs, and we are sharing a few highlights.

At AWA, we are all looking forward to another wonderful year of opportunities, creativity, innovation, and happiness. Thank you for your support and patronage.


Abhay Wadhwa
AWA Lighting Designers

Click HERE to read the full update.

Fairmont Jaipur

Fairmont Jaipur


Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield


Orion Mall

Orion Mall

AWA Project Update 2014: Part 1 of 2

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July 17th 2014
Vol. 12.1

Dear Friends,

It was 12 years ago this month at our first studio in SoHo, NY that a journey started, with a simple plan- do great work with integrity, innovate, be happy, and pay your bills. It has been an eventful 12 years with very few regrets. We have been fortunate to work across the globe in 22 countries and counting, with great clients and designers on inspiring projects.

At AWA, we are inspired by the following quote from Woodrow Wilson (1919):
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.”

Our heartfelt gratitude to all our friends for their support and continuing patronage over the years.

Stay tuned for another exciting project update in two weeks.


Abhay Wadhwa
AWA Lighting Designers

Click HERE to read the full update.





RMGL Fixture

RMGL Fixture


Sheraton Park Chennai

Sheraton Park Chennai


Lumen Festival Staten Island

Lumen Festival Staten Island

AWA Project Fairmont Jaipur Hotel is Now Open

The Fairmont Jaipur officially opened on August 9th, 2012 and is Fairmont’s first hotel in India. The luxury hotel and resort operating company has created magnificent hotels all around the world, and the Jaipur is no exception. Exquisitely designed by Randolph Gray, It reflects and complements the uniqueness of the community in which it is situated by following the spectacular architectural style that is seen in the surrounding palaces. In addition to the 248 rooms, guests are offered a variety of restaurants and bars, including a poolside bar, a 10,000 square foot Willow Stream spa, and a 5,000 square foot health club. The hotel’s magnificent 48,500 square foot Convention Center and gardens can host over 1000 guests within its richly adorned spaces.

Our lighting concept for the Fairmont Jaipur creates dramatically illuminated spaces, fully capitalizing on the romance inherent in the architectural styling. Unexpected moments of delight are created by special accents, such as candle-light effects on entry stairs, pool-side torches, and lighting effects that erupt into richly textured patterns of shadows on plain walls. The guest’s gait is the primary focus of the landscape lighting, which draws visitors along and peaks their curiosity by pacing illumination low along paths. Visitor’s attention is drawn towards dining areas and other outdoor focal points through the use of delicately illuminated trees with hanging fixtures. Large spaces with high ceilings are filled with the warm glow of low-hanging chandeliers, creating an intimate place from a very open space.

Image of the Water Court at the Fairmont Jaipur Hotel

Here are some links to information about the opening.
Fairmont Jaipur Website

Fodor’s Travel Website

The National

Showcase: Tote

Tote is one of Mumbai’s hottest new restaurant, bar and banquet destinations, adapting a heritage building to the needs of five-star hospitality.

In the middle of one of Mumbai’s most beautiful open spaces, an old shell has been given a new interior. The conservation guidelines call for the preservation of the roof profile for three-quarters of the buildings and full conservation for the remaining one-quarter. Through the design, the colonial facade of the Tote building gives way to a thoroughly modern adaptation.

The restaurant is split into three areas—lounge seating on a veranda enclosed by glass panels; an indoor dining room sandwiched in between, and an alfresco space with the foliage of lush rain trees latticing the sky. This open-air section houses pits for a grill, tandoor and wood-fired ovens and tables sheltered by umbrellas.

When designing the lighting for Tote, we had numerous design discussions with the architects, and while looking for an inspirational benchmark, we found an image of day light filtering through dense foliage.

Once the vision was clear, we had the creative courage to carry it through the entire process, refining and tweaking as we developed the design. In the banqueting and indoor restaurant areas, white metal tree-mimicking pillars branch to the ceiling. Lighting is installed at the points where these branches meet the ceiling.

The lighting strategy in this space is to use the architectural pockets of light to mimic light piercing through the foliage of “trees” into the space. The bar area lighting strategy uses the double height space to highlight the faceted wood panels with shafts of daylight.

The false ceiling is a complex arrangement of three lighting systems built up in plasterboard and plywood coves. They offer the client flexibility to alter the lighting effects based on event type.

The Tote won The 2010 Restaurant Bar Design Awards in category International Bar and Best Bar design award.