The Chicago Illuminating Company

The Chicago Illuminating Company

Sarah Coffey
Apr 14, 2008

Definitely not a small space, but inspiring nonetheless. Week six of the Spring Cure focuses on lighting, so we thought we'd show a few photos from the Chicago Illuminating Company. This giant warehouse on the near South Side was recently renovated into a modern event space. CIC's interior design showcases some great examples of dramatic, unexpected lighting...

The backlit bar casts a glow on the perimeter below, making the most of the ceramic tile finish. A mirror hung on an angle above the bar reflects ambient light.

Furniture contains built-in lighting, a really dramatic touch. For a similar, less expensive, look at home you can arrange flowers and candles on a mirrored tray. The reflective surface will double the light and color from your arrangement.

Furniture is arranged on a grid punctuated by squares of light. The design on the windows reflects the grid, completing the look. For a similar effect at home, an adhesive window film can be cut and arranged in a grid pattern.

The color scheme in the space is really simple - neutrals with orange accents - but the reflective surfaces and creative use of light makes the color seem more complex.

The orange columns are made from fabric hung over pendant lights - simple lanterns on a large scale. For more photos of the Chicago Illuminating Company, click here.

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