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.
We are very pleased to announce that our project Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial by architect Frank Gehry, received the 2021 IALD Award of Merit.
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.
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 was engaged by Related Companies and Heatherwick Studio to develop a lighting design concept for the Hudson Yards Vessel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.