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
Melanie Brkich
Assistant to the Principal
Vanessa Thaureau
Art Adviser
Christopher Marta
Director
Melissa Fraietta
Business Development Director
Anna Harrah
Office Manager
Artemis Papadatou
Senior Associate
Etienne Gillabert
Senior Associate
Jenny Ivansson
Senior Associate
Solenn Borchers
Senior Associate
Wei Jien
Senior Associate
Francesco Secone
Associate
Jessica Tchah
Associate
Natalia Priwin
Associate
Carlina Geraci
Senior Designer
Carlos Garcia
Senior Designer
Leah Xandora
Senior Designer
Papon Kasettratat
Senior Designer
Glenn Fujimura
Senior Designer
Mint Thumrongluck
Senior Designer
Billy Wong
Designer
Carrie Chang
Designer
Elie Nespoulos
Designer
Ellisrael Daing
Designer
Esteban Varas
Designer
Gianni Franceschi
Designer
Joy Younan
Designer
Margherita Bilato
Designer
Wen Lin
Designer
Anna Muslimova
Architectural Renderer
Martha Trivizas
Accounts
Emile Dubuisson
Communications and Photography