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Mesh Club - Johannesburg, South Africa


Located in Rosebank’s trendy Keyes Art Mile, the MESH Club is Africa’s “first curated members club”, designed to bring young creatives and established entrepreneurs together for work, collaboration and socialising. The super-stylish club has been designed around an art collection featuring murals from prominent South African artists and features a multitude of different spaces to encourage a positive work/play environment.


When it came to lighting the various interiors, MESH Club founder and CEO Jonathon Meyer wanted lighting that was as brilliant as the approach to solving the shortage of shared office space in the Johannesburg market. The lighting needed to be flexible enough to illuminate the club for a variety of activities as well as being of high enough quality to light the various artworks on display. With superior colours and beam control, Soraa LED lamps were the perfect fit for MESH, promoting a healthy work-life balance, while enriching and defining the multi-functional space.


“The MESH Club creates an atmosphere that is unlike anything else in South Africa. At MESH, members work and meet to collaborate, and even enjoy the facility’s bar. In designing the club, I wanted flexible, human-centric lighting to support both productivity and social interaction. Soraa lamps accomplish this perfectly,” said Meyer.


Meyer and the lighting designers at SMITH.TAIT opted for Soraa lamps to meet the space’s diverse needs; accentuate the interior’s textural and colour contrasts; and showcase the club’s extensive art collection.


Designers at SMITH.TAIT installed Soraa’s GU10 10 degree LED lamps with louvre and other assorted SNAP filters to highlight and define distinct areas, such as the MESH bar. A DALI management system automatically adjusts brightness of the LED lamps. Plus, responsive dimming and tuning allows for customisable lighting conditions depending on individual preferences and the activities taking place.


“The lighting design solution relied on the ability to differentiate where lighting should be featured in the space, versus where the space should be featured with lighting. To this effect, the interior design outcome was largely influenced by the lighting concept in terms of scale and prominence of fixtures with Soraa’s LED lamps, in relation to the application area,” said Rupert Tait, Managing Director and Founder of architectural lighting design firm SMITH.TAIT.