L’Observatoire International is a lighting design firm, founded in 1993 by Hervé Descottes.


As architectural lighting designers, our role is to leverage light as a medium through which architectural intentions can be heightened and spaces transformed. With light as our tool, we reveal the aesthetic qualities of a space and accentuate the experience of an environment, creating a bespoke ambiance. We have a unique knowledge of how to combine light with architecture to create an unparalleled immersive atmosphere.


Emphasizing collaboration, L’Observatoire provides lighting design and art direction to a range of spatial expressions comprising of art and cultural institutions, museums, performing arts centers, educational centers, libraries, large-scale public spaces, parks, outdoor environments, private residencies, luxury commercial properties, mater plans, supertalls, hotels and restaurants.


L’Observatoire has collaborated with architects and designers of world renown including Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Jean Nouvel, KPF, SHoP Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, James Corner, Bjarke Ingels, Richard Meier, Peter Marino, Shigeru Ban, Agence Search, Selldorf Architects, Roman and Williams, Agence Jouin Manku, Thomas Heatherwick, Sylvain Dubuisson, James Turrell, among others.


Selected projects include the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the High Line Park in New York, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Alice Tully Hall and Juilliard School in New York, Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, La Cite du Surf et de l’Ocean in Biarritz, la Philarmonie de Paris, Jean-Georges in New York, ore Ducasse in Versailles, the Grill at the Seagram Building in New York, Le Coucou in New York.


L’Observatoire International’s office is located in downtown Manhattan, New York City.

Hervé Descottes
Zara Messano
Assistant to the Principal
Vanessa Thaureau
Art Direction
Christopher Marta
Melissa Fraietta
Business Development Director
Nicolas Dufils
Technical Director
Anna Harrah
Office Manager
Wei Jien
Senior Associate
Etienne Gillabert
Artemis Papadatou
Jenny Ivansson
Jessica Tchah
Senior Designer
Natalia Priwin
Senior Lighting Designer
Carlina Geraci
Senior Lighting Designer
Michiru Tanaka
Senior Lighting Designer
Solenn Borchers
Senior Lighting Designer
Francesco Secone
Senior Lighting Designer
Papon Kasettratat
Senior Lighting Designer
Carrie Chang
Carlos Garcia
Mint Thumrongluck
Lighting Designer
Wen Lin
Lighting Designer
Ece Ozerdem
Lighting Designer
Leah Xandora
Lighting Designer
Nathan Emery
Lighting Designer
Margherita Bilato
Lighting Designer
Sam Davey
Lighting Designer
Esteban Varas
Lighting Designer
Billy Wong
Lighting Designer
Anna Muslimova
Architectural Renderer
Mathilde Rouiller
Concept Development & Research
Joy Younan
Yasmin Giacoman
Junior Designer