L’Observatoire International is a lighting design firm, founded in 1993 by Hervé Descottes known for combining light with architecture to create unparalleled immersive atmospheres. Emphasizing collaboration, L’Observatoire provides lighting design and art direction to a range of indoor and outdoor spatial expressions including art and cultural institutions, performing arts centers, large-scale public spaces, parks, private residences, luxury commercial properties, hotels, restaurants and more. With a highly collaborative, hands-on approach, the firm works throughout every stage of the development process to heighten architectural intentions and create a bespoke ambience that transforms the experience of the space. The award-winning team continuously searches for and employs the newest innovations in lighting and technology, in order to bring energy efficiency to the forefront.
L’Observatoire has collaborated with architects, artists 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 Dubuisson, Selldorf Architects, Roman and Williams, Agence Jouin Manku, Thomas Heatherwick, Sylvain Dubuisson, PAU, Studio Sofield, James Turrell, and many more.