Lighting Mixology

Lighting Mixology

Oct 25, 2023Gabriel Tam

With 25 years of experience in commercial cordless lighting, NEOZ has been the go-to solution for designers around the world as leaders in their industry providing project consultation through to technical implementation.

So naturally, when expert lighting design, creative genius, and a world-famous mixologist come together, you would expect nothing short of spectacular.

When it comes to bartending mixology, Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr. Lyan is undoubtedly one of the most forward-thinking and recognisable faces in the hospitality industry. From opening the first cocktail bar in the world using no perishables to closing the famed Dandelyan mere months after it was crowned the World’s Best Bar in 2018.

In collaboration with South African designer Jacu Strauss, the past 12 months have most certainly been an exciting time Mr. Lyan as they unveil three distinctively unique cocktail bars in three different countries across the globe, each one featuring a unique NEOZ design.

Located in the iconic ‘Sea Containers’, London, we saw the transformation of the old Dandelyan into the stunning Lyaness in April last year. Overlooking the River Thames, the new space features the signature electric blue and soft greys of the retro lounge furniture, accentuated by a stunning bronze mirror and gracefully complimented by the timeless design of the NEOZ ‘Victoria’ cordless table lamp, each with a tailored bespoke blue shade. The spaces ooze comfort and fun, the lamp glows perfectly transitioning from day to night with the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral as a backdrop.

Further afield in the city of Amsterdam, Super Lyan is located in a historic 17th Century building with a covered courtyard. In the words of Mr. Lyan, ‘this stunning space is a juxtaposition between historical and ancient and something kind of modern with a bit of playfulness’. For this project, Strauss selected the minimalist ‘Cooee 1c’ to create a vibrant fresh atmosphere by day and by night the glare-free downlight design allows guests to admire the perfectly fine-tuned cocktail, whilst taking in all the theatrics around them as the artisan work their magic behind the bar.

For their third and most recent project, we cross the pond to Washington DC, where the traditional hotel bar has been reimagined. Housed in a former bank vault in the city’s Penn Quarter, the Riggs Hotel is the new home of Silver Lyan. The versatility of the solid forged brass bodied ‘Victoria’ has again been beautifully utilised, this time with a custom made red silk shade complimenting the classical style with a touch of kitsch.

NEOZ pride themselves on delivering tailored, professional lighting solutions of the highest calibre as affirmed by Jacu Strauss,

I love NEOZ because it eliminates the need for traditional candles that can be messy and requires a lot more maintenance. NEOZ lights have a good range for a wide variety of interiors, and that is good for us since we always do a wide variety of interior styles. They are durable and charge well and the light setting options are great. They make a table come to life.”

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