We are proud to announce that the fantastic team gathered around L’Atelier d’urbanité Roland Castro and Snøhetta has won the competition for the embellishment, modernization and securing of the world famous boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes.
We are thrilled to announce Audrey Irmas was awarded with the 2022 Building Team Award by the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles! More information here
VIPP invited Hervé to take a seat on the new Vipp451 chair to have a chat about Lighting Design, muses and what inspires the work of L'Observatoire International. Story here on VIPP
After Winning Best Lighting Design Firm North East last year, we are proud to announce our Honorable Mention this year which shows our consistency and leading role into the lighting design world.
We are pleased to announce our project Audrey Irmas Pavillion has received the IES Award of Merit 2022.
Chapel of St. Ignatius, on the campus of Seattle University by Steven Holl Architects is AIA's 2022 recipient of the Twenty-five Year Award.
June 2022 – Greenwich, CT – Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has debuted his first restaurant in Connecticut. Located on the iconic Greenwich Avenue, Happy Monkey showcases Latin cuisine with a Jean-Georges flair, enchanting guests with adventurous flavors and ever-changing, sustainable offerings served in a casual, fun atmosphere.
L'Observatoire International was awarded with the Lumen Award of Merit during the 2022 Lumen Gala in New York City. Congratulations to the team!
Verōnika by Fotografiska is reopening. Brought to life by STARR Restaurants, Verōnika is situated on the second floor of 281 Park Avenue South, the stunning Renaissance Revival building that serves as the North American headquarters of Fotografiska.
We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Carrie Chang from Senior Designer to Associate. Carrie has joined L'Observatoire International in 2014 and has been working with a myriad of designers and architects on a large breadth of project types. Congratulations!
History meets luxury at Hennessy’s new flagship boutique in Harrods London, where a liquid-inspired lighting concept enhances a minimalist architectural design, reinforcing the brand’s core identity while ushering it into the modern marketplace.
L'Observatoire International designed the lighting of the Hermès collection temporary exhibition during Milan Design Week (8-12 June 2022). The exhibition consists of 4-5 vertical architectural volumes lit from within and covered by transparent paper.
So excited to be included in “New York By Design, Architecture” Season 1, Episode 5 on Saturday, June 4th at 7PM (EST) on cbstv & ByDesign TV’s Youtube channel. The series will feature outstanding projects that exemplify NY’s architectural excellence & the stories behind some of the most innovative & creative architects & designers.
L'Observatoire International has been invited by Starr Restaurants to develop the lighting scheme for the KPod restaurant in Philadelphia, designed by Stokes Architecture + Design
Hervé Descottes has been invited by the International School of Bologna to do a lecture for the ISB's students.
L’Observatoire International is excited to share that Google‘s Bay View campus is officially open! The 1.1 million square foot campus is all-electric, net water-positive, and features the largest geothermal energy system in North America.
In collaboration with Bonetti Kozerski Architecture, L’Observatoire International provided the lighting design for the inaugural United States–based AP House, located in the Meatpacking District of New York City.
Designed by famed architect and frequent SHVO collaborator Peter Marino: the 60-room and suite hotel managed by Rosewood, will be entirely restored and elegantly modernized with ultra-luxury service and amenities; Rosewood Residences Miami Beach, a newly constructed 17-story oceanfront tower will featuring 44 residences and timeless architecture; and a private member’s club offering beachfront dining and leisure.
We are thrilled to announce the opening of the Venice Simplon - Orient-Express Opening phase 1 in collaboration with the Belmond team and Chef Jean Imbert, L’Observatoire International redesigned the ambiance of the iconic train’s carriages.
We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Mint Kamolnadda Thumrongluck from Senior Designer to Associate. Mint has joined L'Observatoire International in 2015 and has been working with a myriad of designers and architects on a large breadth of project types. Congratulations!
On February 18, London’s National Gallery shared initial proposals for the NG200 project as it begins a phase of public consultation. Selldorf Architects was selected in July 2021 as lead of a multidisciplinary team to create a more welcoming and accessible National Gallery on the occasion of the upcoming 2024 bicentenary.
Virgin Voyages has officially opened the doors at Terminal V, its new home at PortMiami. L’Observatoire International designed the full traveler’s experience, from port to island.
The renovation and extension of the Schwarzman Center at Yale University will reinvigorate the existing building and expand the possibilities of this hub for student life in Architectural Record magazine.
L’Observatoire International was awarded the first prize in Architectural Lighting in ‘Interior by the AN 2021 jury for our work on Audrey Irmas Pavillion in LA. Thank you @archpaper for this great honor!
L’Observatoire International was awarded first prize in Architectural Lighting in ‘Outdoor’ by the AN 2021 jury for our work on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC. After being announced 'Best Lighting Design Firm' earlier this year by the AN Design Award Jury, it is a great honor to be recognized in two categories in this exceptional program!
Hervé Decottes and Steven Holl talk about their collaboration on ArchDaily here
We are happy to announce that @lobservatoire_intl received the LIT Lighting Design Award 2021 for our work on the 'Audrey Irmas Pavillion' in the category 'Interior Architectural Illumination'. Congratulations to our team: Hervé Descottes, Wei Jien, Wen Y. Lin, Thomas Mnich.
Happy to announce that @lobservatoire_intl received the LIT Lighting Design Award 2021 for our work on the 'Dwight D Eisenhower Memorial' in the category 'Exterior Architectural Illumination'. Congratulations to our team: Hervé Descottes, Jenny Ivansson, Alex Miller, Ece Ozerdem, Elisa Forlini, Jason Neches, Jun Soo Park.
On November 18th, Principal Hervé Descottes will do a lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston curated by the AIA Houston.
Information and tickets can be found here https://aiahouston.org/v/event-detail/Sally-Walsh-Lecture-Series-Herv-Descottes/1pn/
The new Jean-Georges restaurant Drusie & Darr is opening today at the iconic Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
The new Théâtre de Carouge designed by architect PONT12, opened its doors to the public on November 6th.
Leah Xandora, Associate and Billy Wong, Designer of the firm L’Observatoire International will address the complexities of lighting this unique public space during a Open House New York
This event is part of OHNY @ Night with the New York City section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC), a series that showcases the work of Lumen Award-Winning Lighting Designers.
More Information Here https://ohny.org/place/the-high-line-night/
Promoting healthy living and cultural exchange, the buildings offer green public space to a large adjacent residential community. Designed by Steven Holl Architects.
On September 24th was the opening of the new Gare Montparnasse, a transformation, a renovation and a huge redevelopment of one of the most busiest Parisian train station.
NEW YORK – (September 17, 2021) – Pendry Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of Pendry Manhattan West, the latest property in the Pendry portfolio and the brand’s first hotel in New York City. In collaboration with Brookfield Properties, the hotel is designed by acclaimed architectural design firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and features 164 luxury guest rooms, including 30 suites, each with interiors by world-renowned Gachot Studios and lighting by L’Observatoire International.
Hans Arp Exhibition to Launch New Zurich Gallery at Bahnhofstrasse 1
Virgin Voyages cruiseline ship Scarlet Lady arrived in New York City on September 14th, L’Observatoire Intl designed the full traveler’s experience, from port to island.
Opening of Hermès’ collections at Milan Design Week from Tuesday 7 to Friday 10 September 2021
Adjacent to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in the center of Los Angeles, the Audrey Irmas Pavilion shapes a new presence for this busy city corner and frames the entry to the Temple complex. L’Observatoire International worked with OMA and Gruen Associates to amplify the urban presence of the building, while retaining a welcoming atmosphere for the community.
L’Observatoire International scope included the front-of-house public spaces; building exterior, lobby, flex room, bar, restaurants, meeting rooms, event space, pre-function, gallery and guestrooms and corridor.
L'Observatoire International was awarded the Illumination Award of Merit in the New York City section by the IES Jury 2021 for Franklin & Marshall Center of Visual Arts. The award honors a special contribution to lighting design.
L'Observatoire International was awarded the Illumination Award of Merit in the New York City section by the IES Jury 2021 for British Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The award honors a special contribution to lighting design.
L'Observatoire International was awarded by the IES Jury 2021. We are pleased to announce that Nancy and Rich Kinder Building won the Illumination Award of Merit in the category New York City Section.
L'Observatoire International was awarded the Illumination Award of Merit in the New York City section by the IES Jury 2021 for Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington DC.
Marigold by Jean-Georges at the Keswick Hall, features 130 indoor seats, 20 bar seats and 70 outdoor seats. The design is a comfortable textural “rustic chic” with a mix of black and white stone and rustic hardwood floors, a distinctive bar with a fluted tile design, a stone fireplace and exquisite hand-wrought lighting fixtures from L’Observatoire International.
This bold three-dimensional configuration inspired a lighting system that gives a sense of volume and internal contrast. The external lighting is a combination of soft ambience and bold linear forms, as dappled light emits from areas of plantings and foliage. The play of light articulates the different structural components of the building, to reveal a beautiful tension between volume and form.
Honored to be the winner of the 2021 AN Best of Practise Award for Best Lighting Designer Firm – Northeast. With the first-ever Best of Practice Award, AN tips its hat to North American firms excelling at every level of the AEC industry.
We are so excited to celebrate the official opening of the Luma Foundation Arts Resource Center in Arles. With a glimmering and multifaceted skin that wraps around an organically curvilinear form, Frank Gehry designed a building that connects closely to its setting by absorbing its light and colors. Established by Maja Hoffmann to support independent artists and foster multidisciplinary collaborations.
The lighting design by L’Observatoire International embraces the building’s animated exterior, allowing the stainless-steel panels of the facade to pick up the changing colors of the day, while emitting illumination from within.
Gagosian is pleased to present Spinning Tales, an exhibition of new work by renowned architect Frank Gehry. It pairs large-scale elaborations on the Fish Lamps series with a new installation, Wishful Thinking (2021), and is Gehry’s eighth exhibition with the gallery since 1999. Lighting Design by L'Observatoire International.
We are very pleased to announce that our project Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial by architect Frank Gehry, received the 2021 IALD Award of Merit.
Hauser & Wirth opens of a new exhibition and private viewing space in Monaco on the Côte d’Azur. The inaugural exhibition ‘Louise Bourgeois. Maladie de l’Amour’ opens on 19 June 2021. A monumental public sculpture from the French American artist’s Spider series, a bronze arachnid over three meters tall, will be installed in the gardens adjacent to the gallery.
We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Leah Xandora from Senior Designer to Associate and Wen Y. Lin from Designer to Senior Designer. Congratulations! Thank you for your hard work and devotion to L'Observatoire International.
The renovation, reorganization and interior expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the city’s most prominent cultural institution, breathes new life into the 1928 landmark. Designed by Frank Gehry, the expansion opens up nearly 90,000 square feet of the building to new public access. L’Observatoire International worked closely with Gehry Partners to honor and enhance the historic grandeur of the structure, and to position the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the future, inviting all communities to discover the institution anew.
The 2021 entries will be judged by a panel of design luminaries: Kai-Uwe Bergmann of Bjarke Ingels Group; Todd Bracher of Todd Bracher Studio; Clodagh of Clodagh Design; Hervé Descottes of L'Observatoire International; Stephanie Goto of StephanieGoto; Leyden Lewis of Leyden Lewis Design Studio; Suchi Reddy of Reddymade; Charles Renfro of Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Pascale Sablan of Adjaye Associates; and Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of Weiss/Manfredi. More about the Interior Design's sixth annual NYCxDESIGN Awards
This free, completely online celebration kicks off construction of the new museum grounds! Learn about new architectural features, performance spaces, landscaping, and more. Register for virtual groundbreaking celebration here https://blantonmuseum.org/events/virtual-groundbreaking-the-new-grounds-initiative/
We are very pleased to announce a second promotion this week. Our two colleagues Wei Jien and Jenny Ivansson have worked at L'Observatoire International for many years and are now promoted to being Project Directors! Congratulations ladies! Your incredible commitment, creativity and leadership truly enrich our team!
The design mastermind behind Vongerichten’s restaurants has conceived a glamorous, yet understated restaurant and bar space that will introduce timeless warmth and ambiance. Juul-Hansen will utilize a simple palette of natural materials – metal, wood, leather and stone – and dramatic lighting from the world-renowned Hervé Descottes of L’Observatoire International designed to uplift the restaurant’s iconic arched ceiling.
We are very pleased to announce the promotion of our employees Natalia Priwin and Carlos Garcia! Both are now Senior Associates. Congratulations guys! This is well deserved! Thank you for your hard work, your great spirit and genuine devotion!
The $100 million project would add more programming space and a new band shell and renovate the Rock Hall’s original I.M. Pei building in Cleveland. The Rock Hall announced that the architecture firm PAU will lead the project, which will bring 50,000 square feet of programming space and a new band shell overlooking the shores of Lake Erie. The lighting of the addition and the grounds, like the best stage lighting which enhances not upstages the performance, was conceived by L’Observatoire to be electrifying, warming Cleveland’s cold winters, cloudy skies, and early dusk with the glow of the beat. https://www.nytimes.com
The Dwight D. Memorial is the Best of Year Project Interior Design Magazine Award Shining Moment 2020
Hervé Descottes has received the Interior Design's Best of Year Award for Best Lighting Designer. See announcement https://vimeo.com/492002633
Houston to Celebrate the Opening on Saturday, November 21, of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, designed by Steven Holl Architects for the MFAH International Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Inspired by the Junichiro Tanizaki book In Praise of Shadows homage to “well-placed darkness,” the fourteenth biennial Virginia Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows embraces this theme through an exploration of craft and materiality. A lecture by Hervé Descottes and Yves Seban
See the video here https://vimeo.com/486506473
Take to the skies for a behind the scenes look at Edge with stunning views and insider design tips. Join Marianne Kwow, Senior Designer at KPF and Hervé Descottes, Principal at L’Observatoire International and visit the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. Info and link here https://ohny.org/sites/edge-at-hudson-yards
Join Senior Designer Mint Thumrongluck and Senior Associate Jenny Ivansson from L’Observatoire International for an exclusive virtual presentation and gain insight into the firm’s process of designing the lighting for the reimagined suite of ten galleries. Info and link here https://ohny.org/sites/metropolitan-museum-british-galleries
Influencing Emotions Through Sensory Design- October 7th at 4PM ET
To explore the importance of captivating the senses in design, Hervé Descottes and Jean-Georges will discuss how our five innate senses are activated through each artisan’s respected field in lighting and culinary, and why it is important to leverage these elements when creating compelling designs.
Join the talk here https://www.design-pavilion.com
Designed by Gehry Partners, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial celebrates the life and accomplishments of the 34th President of the United States.
The National Museum of Qatar is 2020 Popular Choice Winner Concepts - Plus - Architecture + Light.
On July 30th Nike opens its third House of Innovation, at the historic 79 Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, continuing its endeavor to harness the power of digital to best serve consumers. Lighting Design by L'Observatoire International.
The Illumination Engineering Society of New York City has awarded the Vessel at Hudson Yards with a Lumen Award of Merit.
An ode to street food, in the heart of the Place des Lices in Saint Tropez, ToShare shines at the top of the list of new restaurants.
Café / Restaurant by Jean Imbert and Pharrell Williams.
On March 2nd, 2020, the reopening of the British Galleries is a highlight of The Met’s 150th-anniversary year. L'Observatoire International designed the lighting for the 16th to 19th century galleries and historic period rooms: Kirtlington, Croome Court and Lansdowne.
We are thrilled to have won Interior Design’s Best of Year Award in the Shining Moment Category, along with Ateliers Jean Nouvel, for the National Museum of Qatar exterior lighting design.
While sharing some influences with chef Daniel Humm’s iconic Eleven Madison Park, the food, interior and feel of Davies and Brook combine to create a restaurant that’s entirely its own.
The opening of Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul marks a further link in the already strong connection between the Maison and Korean culture.
We are pleased to present The Spur High Line Lighting Tour during Open House New York 2019, on October 19th.
The new Queens Library at Hunters Point by Steven Holl Architects is an aesthetic interruption amidst the commercial skyline of Long Island City’s waterfront.
The Kennedy Center celebrates the opening of its first-ever expansion on September 7, 2019.
For the National Museum of Qatar, L’Observatoire International followed the artistic direction of architect Jean Nouvel, developing a lighting design encompassing key elements of the museum’s façade, landscape, exterior artworks and sculptures.
L’Observatoire International together with Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group developed a lighting concept for Hudson Yards, distinguishing the project as a bold and dynamic addition to the New York City skyline.
L’Observatoire International was engaged by Related Companies and Heatherwick Studio to develop a lighting design concept for the Hudson Yards Vessel.
Friends of European Scupture and Decorative Arts by Candelight. An exploration of the history of lighting in British interiors with Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide, Henry R. Kravis Curator, ESDA, and Prinicpal lighting designer Hervé Descottes of L'Observatoire International.
Hervé Descottes and L'Observatoire International celebrate 25 Years with a special evening at the Top of The Standard.
Interior Design's first annual Innovation Conference, February 5th, will focus on future trends, breakthrough ideas and cutting-edge technology that will drive us forward into the next decade. More info Innovation 2019.
L'Observatoire is pleased to be part of the Open House New York 2018 and will present Pier 17 lighting design. For more information please visit https://ohny.org
L’Observatoire International won an Award of Merit for the Longwood Gardens project and a Citation for Design Preservation for the Grill at the Seagram building at the 50th Annual Lumen Gala in New York.
One of the very first collaboration with architect Steven Holl, the light pockets in the ceiling provide uniform wall illumination, and the ambient light in the gallery spaces achieves a general lighting of the neutral walls with an imperceptible light source. The artificial lighting was designed to blend with, and to complement the daylighting without being obtrusive. A few removable spots were placed in strategic locations to allow not just flexibility for lighting temporary exhibits, but also to create accentuated contrasts and to add relief. In the public spaces, visible lighting fixtures were employed to offer a contrast with the objectless lighting in the galleries.
The rehabilitation will provide stabilization, restored lighting, and maintenance access that will lay the foundation for future preservation and potential adaptive reuse of these iconic structures.
Design Preserves and Enhances Visitor Experience of Museum, Library, and Gardens;
Provides Unprecedented Access to Original Residence;
and Creates New Facilities for Exhibitions, Conservation, and Education
The Maggie’s Centre Barts, designed by Steven Holl Architects in partnership with jmarchitects, celebrates its opening today. Maggie’s Barts, sited in central London, will provide free practical and emotional support for people living with cancer and their family and friends.
Longwood Gardens receives the 2017 Best of Design Award from The Architect's Newspaper.
Shinola Store in Los Angeles designed by Gachot Studio is open.
Opening of the Lobster Club, designed by Peter Marino.
The open, cool, sleek feeling of the interior of The Pool is playfully interrupted by a dynamic tension between fire and water.
Hervé Descottes will discuss the importance of lighting in the public realm on October 1st at the Frank Lloyd Wright during the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
In London’s Mayfair neighborhood, the historic Connaught Hotel has for years been a prestigious landmark. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new restaurant brings to the hotel an informal gourmet dining experience in a relaxed, modern setting.
Longwood Gardens is one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the United States, comprising 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The celebrated public garden is open year round for visitors to enjoy exotic plants and horticulture, events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as educational lectures, courses and workshops.
L'Observatoire International was engaged by Aby Rosen of RFR Realty in collaboration with Major Food Group and designer William T. Georgis to develop a lighting scheme for The Grill and The Pool, formerly The Four Seasons restaurant at The Seagram Building in New York City.
Le Coucou takes the Best New Restaurant and Stephen Starr receives the James Beard Award for outstanding restaurateur.
Three partners have come together to develop a series of lights that offer intelligence and simplicity—Richard Meier, the Pritzker-Prize winning architect; Ana Meier, product designer with a strong, modernist voice; and lighting master Hervé Descottes. The collection will launch at Ralph Pucci‘s New York showroom on March 14 under the name Richard Meier Light.
Designed by Frank Gehry, the 683-seat hall is part of the Barenboim-Said Academy (BSA), a new conservatory founded by maestro Daniel Barenboim to foster communication through music.
New opening. World-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s legendary involvement in every aspect of his restaurants shows through in The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, his most recent establishment at COMO Dempsey.
L'Observatoire was engaged to redesign the lighting of the Museum of Sex galleries.
Together with Roman and Williams, L’Observatoire was commissioned to develop a lighting design concept for Paris’s La Rotonde de la Muette restaurant. Located on a major intersection in the 16th arrondissement, La Rotonde’s great history and visibility has established it as a true Parisian landmark.
The new Editions de Parfums boutique in Paris' Marais district marks the continuation of an enduring partnership between Frederic Malle and L'Observatoire International.
Grand Opening of the new Visual Arts Building for the University of Iowa’s School Arts and Art History designed by Steven Holl Architects on Friday, October 7.
Opening of ore – Ducasse au château de Versailles an elegant contemporary café, in the true French spirit, located on the first floor of the pavillon Dufour opening onto the cour Royale.
L’Observatoire collaborated with Roman and Williams to design a grand procession of custom cast iron chandeliers for the central dining area that illuminate the room with warm and soothing light from hand-blown glass shades.
L’Observatoire was engaged by the Olsens and Jacques Grange to create an ambient athmosphere for guests that showcases The Row’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections along with a curated selection of fine and vintage jewelry, furniture, artwork, décor, and specialty items.
Areas of brightness have been strategically controlled and synced with the moon cycle to create a view path to the city skyline. The new lighting brings a new dialogue between Lake Michigan and the city, and allows for both festive and intimate connections.
L'Observatoire is pleased to announce the opening of the Hublot Flagship store in New York designed by Peter Marino.
Fondation Louis Vuitton is the Architizer A+Award Popular Choice Winner in the Plus Categories | Concepts: Architecture +Light category!
L'O is pleased to announce the opening of the H Stern Flagship in New York designed by Studio Arthur Casas. The smooth velvety texture of the dome creates a homogeneous atmosphere whereas spotlights hierarchize the space, intercalating moments of discovery on scales that range from a gem to the entire architecture.
The Steel Stacks Campus in Bethlehem, PA reframes the former Bethlehem Steel Plant as a dynamic and vibrant arts and cultural center. L’Observatoire lit large steel furnaces around their perimeter and from within to provide depth and dimension and prevent light spill.
L'Observatoire is pleased to announce the opening of the Seamarq Hotel designed by Richard Meier. Because of the mostly cool, minimal color palette of the architecture, the lighting was used to highlight all warm elements, such as the wooden feature stairs and wooden ceiling panels, to bring warmth to the interiors.
L'Observatoire is pleased to announce the opening of the Faena Hotel Miami Beach.
Hervé Descottes, Principal at L'Observatoire International, Foro Lighting en Site IES 2015 Lecture in Mexico. September 24th, 2015 More Info Here
Hervé Descottes, Principal at L'Observatoire International, will give a lecture at University Penn Design, Philadelphia, PA on September 16th, 2015. More Info Here
L'Observatoire is pleased to announce the opening of the new House of Dior boutique in Seoul, designed by Peter Marino and Christian de Portzamparc.