House Tour: Light Bright Bat Cave by Designer Ben Rousseau
For most homeowners lighting is perhaps the most difficult aspect of interior design; usually leaving illumination till the end of a project. But for thirty-five year old UK designer, Ben Rousseau, lighting is part of the genesis of his work. Rousseau, an interior and product designer, begins each project incorporating two additional ingredients – technology and fun. So it is no surprise, when Rousseau Design was tapped to create a lounge and bar in a residential basement space – innovative LED lighting and custom creative furnishings would be used.
The client, a London Hotelier, moved into his new home but, had an unfinished concrete and brick basement. Ben and his team were asked to create a ‘Man Cave’ – what the client called his ‘Bat Cave’. The new lounge would be installed next to a swimming pool and car park – two elements that Rousseau brought into the design of the space. Beginning with a chair that was part of Ben’s limited edition line of furnishings, his INSA bubble chair, became one of the focuses of the room. The chair, designed in partnership with UK Artist INSA is hung from the ceiling, shaped like a bubble and etched with the artist’s graffiti designs. The ceiling coiffures also were etched with the INSA design and augmented with dual layers of LED’s which change colour in synchronisation, as well as a laser projection array which casts patterns upon the chocolate leather floor.
Off the main lounge area, though a round portal, is a small office/meeting place. The space is encircled by cool white LED lighting with matching illuminated Electrowerkz table. Using Verner Panton Bubble Tiles and mirrors for a feeling of infinite reflected space, the floor is a polished resin. A central Iris light draws focus to the center of the rear wall between two Verner Panton pendants.
Utilizing twelve high powered lasers, the glass wall that overlooks the car park creates what appears to be a high security forcefield perimeter around the client’s stunning Aston Martin DB4.
A custom, one-of-a-kind pool table occupies the adjoining space. The table set on ringed acrylic legs contains lights to illuminate the table top.
Ben’s playful and experimental mindset can be seen in his personal blog highlighting what inspires him at: http://benrousseau.com. Ben’s clients include companies like Endermol, Fuel Records, HMV, Ice Bar (London), Ice Hotel (Jukkasjarvi, Sweden), MTV, XBOX, Samsung, Microsoft and more. Ben and his team can be reached at Rousseau Design: http://rousseau.co.uk.