Located in a tenement building in the East Village of New York City, Ludo (Latin for “to play”), has two levels and two bar areas with an enticing multi-ethnic menu served in an unpretentious, laid-back environment. In response to the architect’s vision of evoking a Mediterranean tavern, the lighting design approach was simple, airy, organic, and tactile. The lounge at the street level portrays a calm elegance with an alluring pool of blue light beckoning from below. Visitors are drawn to the rippling blue waves that appear to be reflected off a lagoon in a secluded grotto cave. This dive into the restaurant’s basement bar and adjacent dining rooms leads directly to a myriad of flickering motives inlaid into an exposed brick wall. This constellation of soft glowing candles cradles the hostess podium and frames a view into the plush red leather lounge beyond.