Bon Vivant: BANG lava pendants at Lord Lygon
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Lord Lygon is a new wine bar and eatery on Lygon Street, named after the bon vivant British Cabinet Minister and Governor of NSW in the nineteenth century. Serving fresh and seasonal dishes accompanied by an extensive selection of wine, Lord Lygon is not only dishing up a great menu, but also warm and inviting interiors with discreet and delicate lighting featuring BANG Lava Pendants by BUZAO.
Lord Lygon, located next door to Zagame House, is headed up by award-winning executive chef Chris Bonello, who delivers a tapas and drinks menu with products sourced from local farmers, distillers and producers. The interior design team of Linda Whitfield, Surround Style and Lukas Partners also looked to local brands for the fit out, including Remodern for mood and architectural lighting.
The long, slim pendants hang delicately in pairs above four dining tables in the front window.
With expansive windows on two façades, Lord Lygon is filled with natural light. Minimal artificial illumination was therefore needed over the front tables, with the BANG pendants providing subtle light during the day and the feeling of candlelight at night for customers enjoying share plates with lots of fresh, clean flavours.
The natural light accentuates the beauty and organic imperfections of the lava stone on the window-facing side, while the other half is cast in shadow, creating a beautifully textured two-tone effect.
The pendants are also unobtrusive against the black steel window frames. They are strategically suspended so the halfway point of the shade aligns with the frame, creating symmetry and ensuring unobstructed views.
Lord Lygon offers more than 280 wines selected by head sommelier and winemaker Marcus Radny. These bottles line the walls of the wine cellar, where five BANG pendants hanging in a linear series provide ambient light.
Continuing to keep the fit out local, the interior design team sourced stools from Grazia and Co; wooden tables and benches from Castlemaine woodworker Hugh Makin; and bespoke plates by ceramics company Robert Gordon.
Photo credit: Kris Paulsen