In any design studio, architecture and lighting play a crucial role. Graphite Design Group, a Seattle-based architecture, interior design and planning company, applied its team’s architectural expertise when refurbishing an outdated office for the firm’s new downtown studio.
Architecture and interior design of the renovated 8,500 square-foot studio was completed by the internal team at Graphite Design Group, in partnership with lighting consultancy Oculus Light Studio. The studio aimed to be a comfortable and modern space, while also embracing the building’s existing architecture. Features such as the exposed ceiling, which reveals plenty of pipes, ducts, and blemishes, lend vintage charm to an otherwise contemporary aesthetic.
Lighting was a key design tool in the space, taking inspiration from the ample natural light delivered by the windows. The goal was to complement daylight with ambient artificial lighting, creating an evenly illuminated space at all hours of the day.
Graphite Design Group and Oculus Light Studio chose Zumtobel’s ONDARIA pendant luminaire for its exceptional direct and indirect lighting components and its sculptural, curved aesthetic. ONDARIA’s downlight component creates a desirable light distribution for work surfaces, while uplighting provides ambient illumination. The circular shape of ONDARIA allowed the designers to place the luminaires randomly, evoking movement throughout the space while accommodating challenges posed by the existing building structure.