Lighting Boston Chops – The Boston Globe

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WHERE Boston Chops

WHAT A trio of O-shaped chandeliers modeled after those in a French castle, suspended from the South End steakhouse’s ceiling.

WHOSE IDEA “Lighting in restaurants is so important. I always start with chandeliers and base my design around them,” says co-owner Brian Piccini, who also runs city restaurants Deuxave and dbar. After spying medieval chandeliers on a trip to a Burgundy chateau, he hoped to replicate the style. Just one problem: He was routinely quoted $20,000 per fixture. “Literally, this was a circle with hurricane lights, but nobody wanted to take on the task,” Piccini says. So he asked his sign designer for help. Boston Sign Co. built several 6-foot-wide “O”s, spray-painted a metal finish, and an electrician wired them for hurricanes. “I think I spent $1,300 per fixture,” he says. “And now they look like a modern take on a beautiful castle.” Boston Chops, 1375 Washington St., South End, Boston,