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You Can't Miss Fairmont Chicago's Reception Desk

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January 17, 2012 at 9:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

Wow. It has been a while since we last stepped into the lobby of The Fairmont Chicago. In fact, the hotel came out of a $50 million renovation in 2010 and we only saw the place in its shiny newness just last month. First impressions? Niiiice. Oh, it's still vanilla enough to please the majority of travelers, but there's a hint of an Amazon jungle in those dark woods and LED underlights.

Specifically our attention was drawn to the reception backsplash—an undulating wave pattern of lights that begins at the ceiling, and flows down underneath the desk, out towards the center of the lobby floor. We like it and yet...

Does this look like a Fairmont to you?

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Lighting Design

Hey!  Thanks for noticing.  I was inspired by a Cartier-Bresson photograph. It's actually thousands of fiber optic "hairs" carefully set into concrete that create a ripple when approached.
-Brian Orter

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