Nobu Monte Carlo

Nobu Monte Carlo

We created the lighting design for the first Nobu restaurant in Monte Carlo, the conversion of an existing restaurant within the Fairmont Hotel Monaco into a significantly more modern space.

Working with Martin Hulbert Design and for the owners of the Fairmont Hotel, 4 site visits were required to take the brief, design, inspect the build and commission.


A bar always looks at its best when the spirit bottles up lit well. 10 degree narrow beamed downlights pin point pools of light onto the bar to create a rhythm of contrast at night

The challenge was to create intimate dining experiences within a large open plan space. The sushi preparation areas had to be very well lit for the safe use of knives, without spoiling the lighting balance within the restaurant.


Candle light was chosen as the preferred source of table lighting for the evening service scene setting.

A large and sprawling sculptural framework was designed on plan to run throughout the space, which required subtle illumination to accentuate its three dimensions and drama.

The lighting scheme could not include any loose standing table or floor lights with limited scope for in ground uplights, so it became a ceiling orientated lighting scheme by default.



Andrew Orange, the owner of Orange Lighting qualified and worked as an interior designer in 1993 before specialising in lighting working on high profile projects based in London. Since starting Orange Lighting Ltd in 2003 he has been sharing his knowledge and unique teaching style mostly to his designer clients, offering practical real life advice born from running a busy consultancy and lighting supply business. Launching in 2020, his blog has evolved into Quick & Easy Lighting, curating some 25 years design experience into making the lighting choice and design process achievable and easy to understand for all.