The Lobster Club at the Seagram Building

As part of the redevelopment of New York’s iconic Seagram Building restaurant spaces, L’Observatoire International worked closely with Aby Rosen of RFR and Major Food Group to provide lighting schemes for The Grill and the Pool, formerly the Four Seasons restaurant and redesigned by William T. Georgis, and the Lobster Club, and a lobster bar on the a lower level.


The Lobster Club, designed by Peter Marino, reestablishes the Seagram Building’s notable original connection to Pop Art. Marino’s design introduces bold elements of color and pattern to bring dynamic playfulness to the subterranean space. Following this design, L’Observatoire’s scheme inserts lighting as provocative punctuation, working with brightness and visible sources of light for a contemporary take on mid-century modern graphic opulence.


In the lower level space, where there is no natural light to lend a sense of time, the L’Observatoire’s design shapes a theatrical narrative as the day progresses.

Location New York, NY, USA
Date Completed 2017
Architect Peter Marino Architect
Client Major Food Group RFR Realty
Type Hospitality
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leaders Wei Jien Jenny Ivansson
Project Team Anna Muslimova
Awards AIA New York Award of Merit , 2018
IES Illumination Award of Merit , 2018
AN's Best of Design Awards , 2018
Press Wallpaper, Nov 2017
Architectural Record, Dec 2017
Interior Design, Mar 2018
Photo Credits Scott Frances courtesy of Major Food