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
Principal
Zara Messano
Assistant to the Principal
Vanessa Thaureau
Art Adviser
Christopher Marta
Director
Melissa Fraietta
Business Development Director
Anna Harrah
Office Manager
Wei Jien
Senior Associate
Etienne Gillabert
Associate
Artemis Papadatou
Associate
Jenny Ivansson
Associate
Nicolas Dufils
Senior Designer
Natalia Priwin
Senior Designer
Leah Xandora
Senior Designer
Carlina Geraci
Senior Designer
Michiru Tanaka
Senior Designer
Solenn Borchers
Senior Designer
Francesco Secone
Senior Designer
Papon Kasettratat
Senior Designer
Mint Thumrongluck
Senior Designer
Carlos Garcia
Senior Designer
Jessica Tchah
Senior Designer
Vincent Mazzega
Senior Designer
Pordis Hardardottir
Senior Designer
Carrie Chang
Designer
Wen Lin
Designer
Ece Ozerdem
Designer
Margherita Bilato
Designer
Esteban Varas
Designer
Billy Wong
Designer
Joy Younan
Designer
Linda Noueihed
Designer
Ellisrael Daing
Designer
Gianni Franceschi
Designer
Elie Nespoulos
Designer
Anna Muslimova
Architectural Renderer
Yasmin Giacoman
Architectural Renderer
Martha Trivizas
Accounts
Emile Dubuisson
Communications and Photography