ADesignStudio drew inspiration from one of Flying Fish’s signature dishes to create a series of light installations in the reimagined Sydney restaurant. Referencing caviar, clusters of hand-blown glass orbs in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes float over the dining tables.
ADesignStudio collaborated with interior designers PKD, lighting designers Glowing Structures, and the restaurant owners. Located in the Star Casino in Pyrmont, Flying Fish specializes in artful seafood. PKD’s creative vision took inspiration from coastal New South Wales, expressed through ocean-inspired macramé sculptures, a bespoke carpet drawing on the cartography of the coastline, and ADesignStudio’s unique light sculptures referencing fish roe.
The installations are made up of hundreds of round and organic-shaped handblown illuminated glass orbs. Clear and milky finishes create subtle variation through the hanging clusters and the crackle finish projects a dappled light.
The lights are an adaptation of ADesignStudio’s Eon Collection, that brings together the lighting elements of focal glow, ambient luminescence, and play of brilliance into a single fitting. The metal piece containing the light source is the ‘focal glow;’ the glazed orb as a diffuser creates ‘ambient luminescence;’ and an interlocking triangular frame adds a ‘play of brilliance.’ The distinctive crackle finish also acts as a diffuser and creates natural dappled light refraction.
Orbs of various shapes, sizes, and finishes are suspended at different heights over the larger dining tables. Creating patterns of light on the tables, the illuminated clusters evoke the mood and ambiance of an underwater setting and enhance the Flying Fish dining experience.
ADesignStudio is an award-winning lighting design and manufacturing practice, led by Alex Fitzpatrick. The studio’s collections reveal a distinctly expressive approach to transforming space with light, using both traditional skills (glassblowing and metalworking) and contemporary lighting and manufacturing technologies, to find a perfect balance between the scientific and the poetic. Grown from a fascination with luminaries and the interplay with space and volume, ADesignStudio beautifully fuses the romance of amber hues with innovation and a rigorous understanding of light.
The studio is based in Sydney, Australia, and distributes internationally. As a design-focus practice, ADesignStudio, works with lighting designers, architects, and interior designers to create customizations within the product range for larger projects. www.adesignstudio.com.au