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April 10, 2017

Four Oculus Projects Win Shop! 2017 Design Awards

We are proud to announce that Oculus Light Studio has not one but FOUR projects that have been recognized with awards in the 46th Shop! Retail Environments 2017 Design Awards!  Per their website, “The Shop! Awards Competitions recognize the best new designs in retail environments and experienes.  Considered by many as the “academy Awards” of the retail design and brand marketing industries, we offer four award programs, each celebrating a different area of design expertise.”

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March 30, 2017

Grand Opening of RDC and Studio One Eleven Office

Yesterday marked the exciting unveiling of the Retail Design Collaborative/Studio One Eleven Space in Long Beach, CA.  Oculus was happy to serve as lighting designers for the office, especially since we’ve had the opportunity to work with both groups on a great variety of projects since our inception.   The office itself is around 30,000 sf and exudes a welcoming, industrial yet creative vibe from the start.  Oculus employed two main strategies in order to break up the space. The first are long, slender linear fixtures that lead the eye inwards, welcoming guests to the reception and social gathering areas such as the kitchen.  The second was to utilize industrial high bays over the open work space in order to deliver more uniform light over desk areas.  Additionally, all vertical surfaces are illuminated not only to show off special features such as colorful art and green walls, but also to subtly balance daylight from the glazing at the offices’ street frontage.

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March 20, 2017

Architizer on Los Angeles LGBT Center

Architizer reported today that over the weekend the Los Angeles LGBT Center broke ground and officially began construction!  The new Anita May Rosenstein Campus is located on McCadden Place and Santa Monica Boulevard, and is designed by architecture firm Leong Leong.  the article describes it as “a much-needed project that’s been a long time coming.” The center will connect with the group’s existing arts and education facility, and will support administrative offices, retail space, and cultural events space; all unique uses that proved a challenge in the building’s design. The architect acknowledges this challenge, stating that “In other words, the main challenge for the architects was to discover how all these different programs could co-exist in one structure. To do that, they had to redefine what it means to design for youth, gender and multigenerational living, among other variables.”

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February 7, 2017

February 1, 2017

Architectural Record on Temple Israel of Hollywood

Architectural record published a particularly thoughtful piece today on the Temple Israel of Hollywood design by KoningEizenberg.  What is especially unique about the article is it’s in depth look not only at the history of the building, which is impressive having hosted such speakers as Martin Luther King, Jr., but also takes a look at the process leading up to the design of the new space itself.  It describes how the original temple space has a sort of dark, theatrical feel to it and how the new building needed to both compliment the old structure but also look to the future to serve modern needs of the congregation.  After  a great deal of thought and an indepth study of cultural symbolism, KoningEizenberg came up with the current design, one that the article touts as “Light-filled, the chapel plays against the original building’s darkness, contrasting an open and casual spirit with the main sanctuary’s more introverted and heavy formality. “Its’s a constant dialogue,” says Eizenberg. “The old solidity speaks of the past, whereas this sense of the ephemeral brings one into the moment.”

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January 31, 2017

Ford Premiere: Transportation Hub Manhattan

Ford‘s new Transportation Hub, located in the Westfield World Trade Center, has opened its doors!  The design of the hub is meant to introduce Ford’s new branding initiative as being the future of transportation, both automotive and beyond.  Oculus-design lighting provides a modern ambiance while not overpowering the many video installations, and is very flexible to allow for store layout changes as new additions are brought in.

Enjoy the video below posted by Fortune Magazine that describes the intent behind the store and gives a sneak peak of some of the futuristic tech components that visitors will get to experience first hand!

 

January 5, 2017

Eater LA on Drago Ristorante Opening!

Drago Ristorante, located in Mid City at the Petersen Museum, is open!  The restaurant is the next installment in a line of Los Angeles Italian classic eateries and follows in the footsteps of Drago (formerly of Santa Monica), Il Pastaio, Celestino, and Drago Centro in Downtown LA.  The space was designed by FKA, and is described in Eater LA as being “in line with the Petersen Automotive Museum‘s new exterior aesthetic, with clean swooping lines and an international look by Felderman Keatinge + Associates.  Stanley Felderman and co-designer Nancy Keatinge call it a “Streamlined modernism” melding traditional and contemporary elements”, which is a quality that is reflective in the food itself.

Oculus was so happy to design the lighting for this fun, airy space and the team cannot wait to go for a visit! Please enjoy the photos below from the Eater LA Article!

December 12, 2016

Zumtobel features Legendary Offices

Zumtobel released a case study on our Legendary Entertainment project located in Burbank, CA. Designed by Felderman Keatinge and Associates the offices are for the well-known entertainment giant, and as such had to be creative, modern, reflective of the brand, and environmentally conscious.  Oculus was able to utilized some of Zumtobel’s products on the project, with visual and concealed lighting elements.

Zumtobel were helpful through the entire process, by helping not only in the specification of the custom finished Ondaria pendant and surface mounted luminaires but also by assisting the project team answer the City Inspector’s questions by providing on-site visits in conjunction with the local representative, LightBuildDesign.

We look forward to working with the project team again!

Read the full case study on Zumtobel’s website.

 

October 18, 2016

REI Uline Opens this Week in DC!

We are proud to announce that the REI flagship store located in Washington DC in the historic neighborhood near Union Station is opening it’s doors this week!  We have had the opportunity to work on a few different REI locations with CallisonRTKL, but this store was really special with high concrete ceilings, a unique outdoor meeting area complete with string lights, and a coffee shop-like feel that the designers hope will inspire customers to sit and “plan their next adventure”.  The lighting was designed to be unique to the store, but still carry consistent elements from new REI stores from around the country with the inclusion of LED high-bays and LED track lighting.

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September 26, 2016

The Bloc on CNN

One of our mixed use projects was recently featured on CNN.com in a story that covered the large-scale renovation of the historic block in downtown Los Angeles.  The renovation does indeed cover an entire city block, transforming it into a lifestyle center created around the concept of “urban interaction”.  Designed in conjunction with The Ratkovich CompanyStudio One Eleven, and EPT DesignThe Bloc is one of the largest mixed use complexes in all of Los Angeles and will feature a variety of retail shops, restaurants, offices, and even residential space.  The heart of the project is a green lawn that serves as a meeting area for the community and features large suspended catenary lights overhead.  Down below, linear lighting inspired by the trains themselves lead patrons to a stop on the newly-opened Los Angeles Metro, adding a new level to the forward-thinking design inspired by the future of LA urban life.

Take a moment to view the video of this exciting new project on CNN.

 

August 24, 2016

Louis Poulsen on The Point

Oculus got a nod in today’s article posted by Louis Poulsen on The Point, a shopping center with a unique inward facing design that creates a meeting area for the community.

We like working with Louis Poulsen because their products have a classic, international look with performance to match. In addition, they have a strong local presence and are responsive and easy to work with, two qualities that are always appreciated.

Check out some close ups of their fixtures, and make sure to read their article in its entirety on their site.

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August 1, 2016

Google Orange County Featured in Mondo Arc India Magazine

Oculus was featured in the July/August issue of Mondo Arc India Magazine in an article featuring our lighting design for the Google Orange County offices.  The issue, which covers workplace environments and dubs the office an “Innovative Playground”, states that “Rapt Studio worked closely with Oculus Light Studio to create the Google office in Orange County which is less of a corporate office and more of a playing field for innovation and interaction; a universal nod to local context.”

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July 15, 2016

Racked LA reports on Lido Marina’s New Look

Lido Marina Village is a shopping center located in Newport Beach, CA.  We began work on the project in Early 2014, focusing specifically on helping to create an exterior ambiance that would match the high end retail stores that developers brought down from Los Angeles.  The resulting vibe is high end luxury whose restaurants and fitness developments also serve as a community meeting ground.

The shopping center is now open, and shopping media site Racked has taken notice, describing the updates as a “Fashionable facelift”.  Click here for the article and enjoy a multitude of pictures including both exteriors and interiors of the shops!

July 1, 2016

Monarch Beach Resort Video Experience

One of our resort projects, the Monarch Beach Resort, posted a video today that beautifully highlights the casual elegance of the resort. Oculus principal Archit Jain had the unique experience of working on the original construction in 2001, then again recently on the pool deck redesign with WATG.  This luxurious oceanfront hotel was designed as a Tuscan villa and named after the Monarch Butterfly Migration that the area is famous for.  The lighting was designed with low level accents and selective highlighting of the vast 172 acre landscape areas.  The result is lighting that reflects the casual but romantic atmosphere that does not detract from the natural landscape or the company that guests share the experience with.

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May 25, 2016

Officine Brera is a 2016 AIA LA Restaurant Design Award Finalist

Officine Brera is a beautiful Italian Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles designed by (fer) Studio inspired by the Brera Design District in Limano, Italy.  We had the opportunity to design the lighting for the impressive space in which warm colors highlight wooden features and unique fixtures invite the eye.  Now that it is open, the restaurant is garnering rave reviews right and left but has also been awarded a new honor: it is officially a 2016 AIA LA Restaurant Design Award Finalist!

See the official announcement HERE and make sure the vote for them HERE.  It was such a wonderful project to work on, and we were so happy for the opportunity to help bring this fantastic space to life.  Congrats to Christopher Mercier at (fer)Studio, and to all who worked on the project.

 

May 20, 2016

Architectural Digest on Pirch Soho: “Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen”

Architectural Digest covered the store opening of one of our most recent finished projects, the Pirch store located in the chic SOHO neighborhood of New York City.  “Located on the corner of Lafayette and Broome Streets, the interactive showroom cum test center encompasses three sprawling floors, each outfitted with realistic home vignettes in which a slew of appliances (from trusted manufacturers like Bertazzoni, Miele, La Cornue, Viking, and Thermador) can be tested.”  The article goes on to describe a unique VIP opening party in which celebrity guests oversaw the creation of dishes that were created right on the working showroom floor, giving such sparkling reviews as  “This is the most fabulous store I have been in, in all my 94 years. It’s so nice that service is coming back. Everything is so gorgeous”(Iris Apfel, designer, businesswoman, and fashion icon).  

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April 28, 2016

Saks Fifth Avenue at Houston Galleria Open to the Public

After a week of climbing ladders and aiming thousands of lights, Saks Fifth Avenue at the Houston Galleria is open to the public!  Their official opening event featured exclusive areas such as the Gucci Beauty department (one of only five in North America), cocktails, food by celebrity chef Stefon Rishel, and live music.  We were so excited to work with Saks on both the exteriors and interiors in order to renovate the new 198,000 SF space to create the cornerstone of the new “Luxury Wing” of the Houston Galleria, and we are thrilled at the positive feedback we’ve received from them since!

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April 16, 2016

Georgia Aquarium’s Suntrust Pier 225 is Open to the Public!

One of our most theatrical projects is finally open to the public, and the reviews are fantastic!  Working over the last 3 years with the fantastic team at PGAV Destinations based in St. Louis, we lent our lighting design skills to the “Sea Lions: Under the Boardwalk” feature by creating a warm, inviting, and playful backdrop for the performance.  In addition, we had the opportunity to work with Jim Henson Company to create a unique Pre-Show entry area that wonderfully sets the tone by immersing audiences in the world with special effects lighting, animatronic characters, and tons of learning opportunities while they wait to be seated in the main theater.  We were so happy to work on such a creative project that places great emphasis on educating about environmental dangers as much as entertaining.

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April 7, 2016

UCLA, Hitch Student Residences are featured in Architect Magazine

This week Architect Magazine featured Hitch Student Residences, a past project of ours for UCLA that we worked on in conjunction with Steinberg Architects.  The article describes Hitch as a housing complex that has been “transformed into a memorable and socially vibrant environment for future generations of students”.  It describes the design’s technical goals of bettering energy efficiency, safety, and accessibility of the building while also improving on the aesthetics and integrating it better into the landscape.  Read the article online and see some of the featured images below!

March 29, 2016

Oculus is “Six Degrees of Cool” in LD+A Magazine

Oculus’ work stars as the feature article and cover photo in April’s edition of LD+A Magazine.  The article highlights work that we’ve done that demonstrates the trend of creating offices that not only serve as a space to work but also as a space to inspire.  “Managers of companies in fast-moving, often tech-driven industries haven’t stood in the way of change.  They know that the best and the brightest won’t perform at peak levels within the regimented office environments where their parents worked”.  The article then goes on to cover six unique projects that we’ve created and to interview Oculus Principal Archit Jain on each trend.  The work spaces covered include Google Orange County, The Broad Foundation, Actor’s Equity Audition Center, Conill, Murad, and CIM Group.

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