Sound Division Group enlisted at chic new London venue27 August 2007
Indeed, the overall emphasis appears to have been on ensuring flexibility of usage. “I was determined at Vanilla that if we wanted to throw, for instance, a Pink Party, we could do so by changing the interior using LEDs,” said Destandau. “I thought how cool it would be change the environment at a flick of a switch, and how great it would be for the corporate market.”
The Sound Division Group was given a precise brief, and worked with Lighting Effects Distribution – which provided lengths of LED X-Chip to wash, uplight and backlight the bar front and rear (including bottle washes), the kitchen front, the coves and even the toilets – to realise it.
When it came to designing the venue’s audio, Sound Division’s Elliot Patterson worked with JL Contracting’s Richard Astley to develop a four-zone layout, controlled and remotely operated by a dbx ZonePRO 640. In the restaurant, the specification includes four corner-mounted JBL Control 23s driven by a Crown Xls 202, with a JBL Control 24CM flush ceiling solution selected for the main bar and central lounge area. Four JBL Control 28s and a groundstacked Martin AQ12 sub – driven by Crown Xti 1000 and Xls 402 (in bridged mode) – have been installed in the front dance area.
The toilets have also been highly specified, with both LED and a ceiling-mounted JBL 24C Micro flush system (no puns, please!). Background music, provided by 8-Track Music Solutions, is delivered via a pair of Apple Mac G4 computers.
“This business is all about relationships, and having worked with Sound Division and particularly David Graham at Firevault I was delighted to see they were able to interpret an entirely different brief at Vanilla, where we required ultimate flexibility,” noted Destandau.