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Gooseneck Lights, Rustic Sconces Lend Warehouse Look to Aussie Eatery

In Western Australia on the scenic shores of the Indian Ocean, the city of Perth has long been influenced by the shipping industry. When Mike Darvill & his team at SMA Design began to create a new eatery located in this historic city, they called on the influences of the sea.

“We wanted to create a shipping dock setting crossed with old-factory styling,” says Mike Darvill, associate director with SMA Design. “We wanted patrons to feel like they could be waiting for a ship to dock, ready to unload cargo.” The Cutting Board is located in a new, mixed-use building and features slow-cooked meats, burgers, breakfast, and coffees. To highlight this new restaurant, the SMA team, along with their builder – Pinnacle Commercial Interiors, chose a variety of lighting fixtures.


On the exterior, The Cutting Board’s large sign is illuminated with six Fire Chief Sign Lights  which Mike purchased from Barn Light Australia, Australia and New Zealand’s exclusive distributor of Barn Light Electric products. These rugged 8″ shades feature a Textured Black finish and G22 gooseneck arms which bring the light upwards then back towards the sign for maximum effect.


Inside the restaurant, a large wall covered in white subway tile is highlighted by the company logo and three 14″ Original™ Gooseneck Barn Lights also in a Textured Black finish. These lights are mounted on long, slender G9 gooseneck arms to give more than 47″ of projection from the wall. Matching gooseneck lights also highlight the nearby menu chalkboards.


Along the walls, the design team chose the rustic look of the Industrial Guard Sconce customized with a Rust finish, a thick cast guard, and clear glass. These sconces have a classic nautical flair that complements the coastal vernacular.


“The sconces, barn light shades, and gooseneck lights allowed us to portray a setting from another time, around the 1930s” Mike explains. The design team mimicked the look they found in old warehouse photos.

“We saw photos of old signs and wall lighting over docking crates and shipping goods,” Mike says. “Black was a good color that has a nice contrast against the stark white wall tiles in the fitout. We definitely like the authenticity and how the light is directed from each shade.”

Photos courtesy of SMA Design & Pinnacle Commercial Interiors

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