Singapore, Singapore – Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, announced today the transformative indoor illumination of Picnic, a 930-square meter garden themed restaurant in Singapore.

Combining best of both worlds

Given that Singapore is hot and humid all year round, restaurateur Cheng Hsin Yao envisioned a place that could combine the liveliness and energy of outdoor dining but within the comfort of an air-conditioned indoor environment. To achieve his vision, an indoor space within a shopping mall was transformed by using innovative LED lighting technology that mimics the natural daylight of an actual outdoor park. The end-result is a first-of-its-kind indoor garden dining experience.

“The lighting is an integral part of the dining experience. Using light, we created different ambiences to create different seasons and ultimately different feelings and memories. Good food is a given, but dining is an experience that extends beyond our taste buds to the environment we are in,” said Cheng Hsin Yao, owner of Picnic Singapore.

Changing seasons, changing lighting sceneries

To recreate the four seasons in Singapore’s indoor city garden, the connected lighting system was used to create changing scenes, such as passing clouds during the day to rosy sunsets and starry night skies. The connected lighting technology is synced with the weather forecast and tracks changes up to three times a day. The system also has the flexibility to create dazzling light effects for special events.

To provide that extra outdoor feeling 13 custom-made food trucks and food counters are parked within the indoor gardens. In the restaurant, are three seating zones: the Flower conservatory, the Astroturf covered picnic grounds and the Beer garden. Philips luminous textile panels were used as a backdrop, above as the sky and all around the Flower conservatory and Beer garden to mimic scenes of the changing seasons with customized decorative effects.

The restaurants serve traditional favorites and contemporary cuisine from around the world, ranging from authentic Italian pizzas and pastas to traditional Japanese dishes. The various dining and food display zones are enhanced with Philips Fresh food LED lighting recipes, that bring out the rich colors and textures of each dish. Besides serving good food, quality coffee may be ordered at the espresso bar or drinks from the cocktail bar – a perfect aperitif when watching the sunset. All areas have been designed with well-travelled, hip, social media-savvy food lovers in mind.