Lighting adds panache to this Asian fusion restaurant in Italy.
Referring to the versatile rounded-bottom cooking vessel, the name W.O.K. was also selected as the acronym for World Oriented Kitchen, a description that emphasizes that the food dished up at this establishment is a blend of cultures.
It is no coincidence that the Parioli district – one of Rome’s most upscale neighborhoods – is the setting for a sophisticated crossroads in cuisine. Conveniently located near the train station, W.O.K. holds great appeal for cosmopolitan travelers passing through the area as well as local residents.
Since the restaurant’s philosophy centers around providing light meals with a twist, the designers of the space wanted the lighting to have an ethereal appearance that could bridge several cultures.
They opted for the Muse lamp by Italian manufacturer Axo® Light, which has a U.S. headquarters in Connecticut. While diners savor sushi and pasta dishes, they do so under the gentle ambient illumination of suspension and ceiling-mounted versions of the Muse. The contrast between the dark and Minimalist furnishings with the sinuous and soft Muse lamps works, creating a well-balanced ambiance.
Muse, the brainstorm of designer Sandro Santantonio, consists of a metal
frame wrapped in stretchable fabric. The collection includes ceiling and wall lights in several sizes plus a suspension version. Muse can also be specified as an energy-saving fluorescent model available in yellow, orange, red, pink, fuchsia, purple, light blue, green, blue, and white as well as multi-colored shades.
The overall project was handled by Daniela Colli of Colli + Galliano Architects of Italy.