July 15, 2016

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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June 29, 2016

June 27, 2016

Oculus Light Studio Wins Big at 2016 Lumen West Awards!

This Saturday was the annual Lumen West Awards put on by the Los Angeles and Orange County Sections of the Illuminated Engineering Society.  This year’s theme was “Under the Big Top”, and guests were welcomed into The Wiltern by juggling mimes, zebra-like stilt walkers, carnival lights, and even vintage circus music!

Oculus was one of the big winners of the night, taking home 3 Lumen West Awards of Merit for interior lighting design for Google Orange County and Blue Ribbon Sushi, and also an Energy and Environmental Design award for Google Orange County.

We are honored to be recognized by our peers, and we would like to thank all our collaborators who have made this possible.  This includes our clients who have trusted us with their projects, and our reps and manufacturers who have worked closely with us to get the drawings to reality.

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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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May 16, 2016

REI Seattle Flagship Store Lighting Redesign

REI is a unique company that offers a way to get in touch with nature by providing gear and travel opportunities.  Working alongside the retail architect, CallisonRTKL, with whom we have collaborated on many projects over the years, the lighting design plan adapted to the new store design guidelines while complementing the modern and rustic aesthetic that the brand is known for.  The new lighting utilized controls that can monitor and integrate the lighting levels with natural daylight cohesively in the space.

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April 29, 2016

Visiting Lightfair 2016 in San Diego, CA

This week was a busy one with multiple site and aiming visits, but the team was still able to take the opportunity to drive down to Lightfair International 2016 in San Diego, California for a walk around the convention center floor to view all of the latest and greatest luminaires available from most of the major lighting manufacturers in the industry.  But Lightfair isn’t just a large showroom, it is also a place where lighting industry professionals can learn, network, attend panels to inspire new ideas, and even interact with students who are just breaking into the industry.  We had the opportunity to attend the 2016 IALD Awards Dinner at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park.  The Awards Ceremony recognizes lighting design from all over the world and is one of the most prestigious lighting design awards, so we were very fortunate to be hosted by Wattstopper, Cooledge, Edison Price, Eaton, and Wiedenbach Brown Lighting.  We won an IALD award a couple of years back, and we hope for a repeat performance soon!

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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 25, 2016

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 14, 2016

Oculus Team Outing: The Broad

While the busy pace we’ve been enjoying has been exhilarating, sometimes it is important to seek inspiration away from work to maintain creativity.  Since one of our designers who normally lives in China was here for a month, we took the opportunity to do just that at The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles.

This museum is unique both in form and in the fact that it houses the private collection of philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad.  We were extremely lucky to have the opportunity to view Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Rooman installation experienced in a room alone that is full of small lights reflected back an infinite amount of times by mirrors covering every surface of the room.  The feeling of standing inside of it is quiet, whimsical, and empty all at once, and was something that every member of Oculus enjoyed seeing very much.  After that we were able to see the work of artists such as Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, and Takeshi Murakami.  Later we discussed what we’d seen over a wonderful Italian Dinner at Casa Nostra.

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April 8, 2016

The David L. DiLaura Fellowship

Oculus Light Studio is proud to once again have the opportunity to support future lighting designers by donating to the David L. DiLaura Industry Professor of Architectural Engineering Fellowship.  David was a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder which is one of only four lighting specific programs in the country, and it is regarded as the top-ranked by most experts both in academia and industry.  Not only that, but Scott Hatton, one of our Principals, had him as a professor, so we are especially happy to support his Alma Mater.

Help cultivate the next generation of lighting designers and engineers by supporting the fellowship.

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!

April 1, 2016

Oculus on the IESLA Panel Last Night

Oculus Principal Archit Jain was invited to speak on the Illuminating Engineering Society of Los Angeles Panel “Collaborating with Lighting Designers-a Panel Discussion About Bridging the Gap between Artistic and Technical”.  About a hundred people showed up and it was an evening dedicated to the idea that while lighting seems intangible during the the design process, it has a profound effect on the final outcome of a space.  Ultimately they discussed how they work, and how they prefer to best work together to create beautiful and memorable spaces.

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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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March 21, 2016

Oculus goes to Light + Building 2016 in Frankfurt!

Oculus Principals Archit and Scott are back from their trip to Frankfurt, Germany for the 2016 Light + Building Exhibition.  The show is one of the largest on the planet, encompassing almost 6 million SF of floor space to show the latest and greatest in lighting technology from over 2,500 vendors from all over the world.  Of particular note were the many advances in smart technology dedicated to improving the way that humans interact with light in their everyday lives; a concept perhaps best demonstrated by the CoeLux Skylight that “reproduces the physical effects and optical phenomena of natural light in indoor architecture”.

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March 18, 2016

After almost a Year of Coverage, Eater:LA Announces The Gallery Completion

We were happy to have the opportunity to work with Studio One Eleven as the lighting designers on what is much more than just a building face life for The Gallery Food Court on Third Stree Promenade.  The 2-story space has been gutted and reinvented as a modern “Market Hall” complete with vintage elements, a new exterior facade, and even 2 living “green” walls on the upper-level outdoor dining patio.  High-bay pendants elevate the ceiling plane while trackheads and wallwashers highlight merchandise and decor at eye level; and festoon lights swagged under the trellis create a cozy and whimsical atmosphere after the sun goes down.

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February 29, 2016

Officine Brera Now Taking Reservations

Created by the same culinary team who brought you Factory Kitchen, Officine Brera offers Northern Italian cuisine in a renovated 1920’s warehouse building, complete with original brick walls, window panes, and pitched skylight. The restaurant has been open for just a few weeks and already has rave reviews for their food from numerous sources including the Los Angeles Times, and we’re happy to read that the decor and ambiance is being highly received as well.  We designed the lighting in coordination with the architectural design with our friends at (fer)studio.

Word on the street is that reservations are going fast, so if you can, try to get a seat facing the open kitchen and wood burning oven!

Image excerpts from LA Weekly’s restaurant feature here.

February 26, 2016

CIM Mixed-Use Project in Urbanize.LA

A mixed-use project that we are working on with CIM Group and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects at 11800 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles was reported on today in Urbanize.LA.  It boasts nearly 40,000 sqf of retail space beneath five stories of residential apartments along with amenities such as a modern pool, community lounges, and a fitness center, a change that the article states “will establish a unique presence along a mostly staid stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard”. For the lighting design of the project, we are playing with some new ideas for the striking facade, creating a retail entrance identity and providing an inviting atmosphere within the residential courtyards.

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