Raising the Bar – Elevating Hospitality Design Through Lighting.


You made it to Friday and your colleagues invite you out for drinks at the new neighborhood hot spot. Being in the industry, you wonder if the design will live up to the hype (we’re always the most judgmental). What a relief when you enter the space and it’s a great experience. From your vantage point, what is it about the design that just works? Sure – fabrics, furniture and acoustics are important. However, we bet the lighting has a lot to do with it.

Budget Friendly CatalogDesigning creative experiences is where Yellow Goat shines. It’s so much more than lighting – it’s about capturing a feeling and setting the stage for a great night out. For over 20 years, our in-house design team has created a wide range of products to suit any aesthetic for restaurant, hospitality and commercial interiors worldwide. In the projects below, we’ll focus on the central gathering space in any hospitality project – the bar. This area can make or break the experience and keeping tabs on its ability to serve is crucial for success.

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At Aiden Darling Harbour in Australia, the ethos is “you do you”. This boutique hospitality brand by Best Western is built for luxury and a relaxed, cool kid vibe. Yellow Goat’s “Arboreal” sculpture over the bar is a lighting beacon that draws in a lover of elevated, intimate design spaces. This product is built with Octolux aluminum in various finishes and bent at specific angles to create a biophilic dimensionality. This blend of botanic beauty creates a showstopper moment against the rich hues and finishes of the interior palette.

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On the flip side, sports bar are not typically classified as elegant; however, at the 3SIXTY bar in the Hyatt Regency Burlingame in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hyatt focuses on delivering an elevated experience with craft cocktails and culinary snacks. Yellow Goat’s “Spanish Dancer” suspends over the bar and sparkles in metallic finishes. Its undulating shape softens the space while strategic spacing of the elements ensures you never miss a big play during the game.

YGD_AC Marriott Washington Ciel Rooftop Bar_Custom Fixture_027Social clubs, unlike sports bars, are defined by luxury. The Ciel Social Club in Washington DC is named after “the heavens”. GrizForm Design Architects, our partner on this project, envisioned a large-scale chandelier comprised of rings and crystal detailing. The Yellow Goat team brought this idea to life by designing an Instagram-worthy moment product that defines the experience. A bonus feature of this fixture is that it serves as a canvas for Ciel to celebrate the defining seasons of DC – particularly cherry blossoms in spring! This inventive idea allows the property to customize the mood of the space and keep customers coming back for photo ops and private events.

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Finally, floral installations over bars and dining areas are all the rage and our partners at KTGY/Simeone Deary captured this look for the Monarch and Kessaku restaurants at the National Building in Dallas. They commissioned YGD to create custom ‘flower baskets’ as a swoon-worthy backdrop over the grand staircase for this lush and luxurious interior. The fixtures invite waiting guests into an intimate seating area at the bar and pulls double duty as a photo opp.

The MonarchThe MonarchWe hope these design examples have inspired you to take a shot with YGD and mix it up for your next hospitality project. You can browse our online catalog, download budget friendly products, check out other projects and chat with our team. Cheers to our future collaboration!