Lighting, Atmosphere, and a Little Bit of San Francisco

Cafe Zoetrope, lighting from street level

Ever since I started blogging for Pegasus Lighting, I’ve been paying attention to the lighting wherever I go: restaurants, museums, hotels, friends’ houses, you name it.  If you try this experiment for a couple of days, it won’t take long for you to realize that lighting design completely makes or breaks an atmosphere.

I was recently in San Francisco and admiring the lighting at one of the many amazing restaurants I went to, Café Zoetrope.  The café is in the lobby of the historic Sentinel building, owned by Francis Ford Coppola.  First of all, the exterior is absolutely gorgeous.  The copper-green building is at the corner of the street in the North Beach region.  By day, its architecture certainly stands out.  But by night…

It’s incredible.  The picture doesn’t even do it justice.

Stepping into the café on the street level, notice how the lighting creates such an inviting effect.

I didn’t take any pictures inside the restaurant, but the atmosphere was cozy and pleasant – in other words, the lighting design was perfect. Isn’t it amazing how lighting can transform the “feel” of a place?

Sentinel building lit up at night

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.