Southern California based design and digital fabrication studio, Context, developed a line of architectural panels named Lotus. The previously mentioned system was recently used at a Thai Bistro. These panels were strategically designed to change the character of the space while at the same time tying in to the overall theme of the restaurant. The internally lit panel system was the result of exploration into the Thai culture and it’s spirituality; the lotus is used symbolically as an icon of rebirth. These concepts along with our experience in digital fabrication allowed the team to develop the panel system. Using walnut veneer plywood and cnc fabrication to produce the lotus flower cut out on the the panel, the panels were designed to be easily put in place. The location of the panels in the space was strategically designed to separate the kitchen from dining area. This was a cost effective and aesthetically striking feature of the space.