Hotel Domestique is a beautiful boutique hotel owned by the world-renowned road cyclist and former Tour de France competitor, George Hincapie. Although it's in South California, with a backdrop of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding vineyards, it has a Mediterranean air thanks to the influence of the owner's international travels.
The rustic exterior gives the building a French countryside look, while inside, the Mediterranean influence blends beautifully with the contemporary chic of the guest rooms. This old and new world fusion is carried through in the hotel's Restaurant 17, which serve the best local produce in a modern style, in an atmosphere reminiscent of traditional European bistros.
To complement this overall ethos, Hotel Domestique's owners wanted a unique lighting installation to complement the restaurant's stylish atmosphere and contemporary décor. Leading American glass and lighting artisans Studio Bel Vetro were commissioned to create a centerpiece for the two-level restaurant space.
A stunning fiber optic illumination feature was designed and engineered by the Studio Bel Vetro team, and UFO were commissioned to supply two 14 foot cracked glass harnesses to serve as mounts. These were suspended from the ceiling to hold the studio's hand blown glass balls, which were hung on fiber tails. The fiber tails were illuminated in orange to complement the restaurant's timber features.
The fiber optic tails were powered by UFO's tungsten halogen illuminators and color wheels. Controllers for the fiber tails were installed in an easy-to-access area to allow for cleaning and maintenance.
Travelers Rest, South Carolina, USA
Commercial, Decorative Lighting
Studio Bel Vetro
Illuminators: 2 x tungsten halogen illuminators with continuous color change.
Harnesses: 2 x cracked glass fiber harnesses with 50 tails each.