February 10, 2016

“See-Through House” is Featured in Architect Magazine

Take at look at our most recent nod in Architect Magazine’s January 2016 edition, this time for a truly unique residential project that we had the opportunity to work on with Koning Eizenburg.  Located in Santa Monica, the “See-Through House” is a modern take on a barn that still maintains the warmth and welcome of a family home.  It is a design that takes full advantage of sprawling windows to capture the California sunshine, so as lighting designers our task was to provide the required illumination without disrupting the architectural planes.  Few recessed luminaires were utilized, with most integrated carefully within architectural elements.

Check out more photos of the finished project below, or click HERE to view the article in it’s entirety.

February 6, 2016

AKA Beverly Hills, Mindtree Published in Mondo Arc India

We’re honored to be featured in Mondo Arc India again– this time, with our projects AKA Beverly Hills, and Mindtree Network Operations Center. Click here to read the full issue.

January 31, 2016

Las Vegas Weekly On Budweiser Beer Park Opening

The Beer Park by Budweiser, located right on the strip and directly under the “Eiffel Tower” of the Paris Las Vegas Casino, celebrated it’s grand opening just in time for Superbowl yesterday, and was covered by Las Vegas Weekly. The article touts the new Beer Garden  as having a design that will appeal to both tourists and locals, saying that “the 10,000-square-foot rooftop space actually looks like a park”.  With Astro-turf and picnic benches, this restaurant is all about casual, welcoming accessibility; a quality that sets it apart from the rest of the strip dedicated to the glitz and glamour of Vegas.

The party was complete with just-flown-in brews, and a herd of the iconic Budweiser’ Clydesdales to kick of festivities.  A big thank you to Gensler for bringing Oculus on as the lighting designers for this festive restaurant! Please read the full article, and enjoy some photos of the opening even, below.

January 6, 2016

UrbanizeLA Announces: The Crown

We are excited to be working with KoningEizenberg and Combined Properties on this Multi-Use Low rise building located in one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  West Hollywood really is the perfect home for this structure that will include both retail and residential spaces, thoughtful but subtle use of color, and even features a roof deck.  The façade lighting highlights the unique architectural elements and utilizes programmable color-changing components.

Construction should be completed this Fall, so keep a lookout for this exciting project and in the meantime click here for the UrbanizeLA Article!

November 10, 2015

IIDA Panel Featured on KCRW

If you missed the “The Ten Biggest Lies About LEDs” at Light Show West in October, you’re in luck! The panel discussion was featured on an episode of KCRW’s DnA (Design and Architecture) and summarized  in an article published on KCRW’s website.

Oculus Principal Archit Jain participated as one of the panelists and he was quoted describing the current state of LED lighting in our projects: “100 percent of most of our projects are LED lighting, they are the source of the future. Until a couple years ago we had to sell LED lighting to our clients, now our clients are coming to us and asking for LED lighting on our projects, but the challenge we are now facing is that the kind of quality required for a project may not be available at the price the client wants.”

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October 19, 2015

We’re Growing!

Are you the lighting designer we are looking for?

Mid-Level to Senior Lighting Designer

About you:

You will be working in close contact with the principals and other designers on all aspects of the art, science and business of lighting design, including project management, design, presentations, lighting calculations, and marketing.  You have great organizational skills as you will be working on a number of lighting design projects at any given time.  You will be enthusiastic and resourceful, always looking for a unique perspective and a more efficient method to help us be the best. You are collaborative and believe that you succeed only when the team succeeds.   You innovate, have strong ideas, and enjoy dialoguing with others who may differ from your point of view.  You have strong visual and verbal communication skills.

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September 21, 2015

IIDA Panel: The Ten Biggest Lies about LEDS

LEDs bring several possibilities. At the same time there are pitfalls. What are the biggest issues with LED lighting that we have encountered in the last many years? How does that effect the decisions of how LED lighting is used within our projects?

Join an IIDA panel discussion with Oculus principal Archit Jain, along with Scott Johnson (Principal – Brilliant Lighting Studio, moderator), Moritz Hammer (Senior Associate – KGM Lighting), Heather Libonati (Principal – Luminesce Design) and Sean McMurray (President – ALVA) to review how lighting has changed in the last few years, and what are some pressing concerns that still need to be addressed.

LightShow West, Wednesday October 21, 4:00 to 5:00 PM.
Los Angeles Convention Center

http://www.lightshowwest.com/

September 1, 2015

Westlake Wins Best Redevelopment Award

Congratulations to Callison, Regency, and W.E. O’neil for winning the 2015 Best Redevelopment Award from the San Fernando Valley Business Journal!

From Callison’s website:
“The San Fernando Valley Business Journal annually recognizes the biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects in the San Fernando Valley marketplace. A jury selects winning projects from a pool of hospitality, industrial, healthcare, mixed-use, multi-family, office, and retail developments.

Renovation and revitalization of Westlake Plaza and Center included updates to the exterior of five retail shops, the creation of four new retail and restaurant pads, new environmental graphics and site improvements to the hard and softscape.”

We are currently working on Phase II– stay tuned for more updates on the Westlake Plaza and Center!

Photo by W.E. O’neil

August 20, 2015

Cassia Bistro and Esters Wine Bar Now Open!

Located in the old Verizon building on 7th Street in Santa Monica, Cassia (French-Southeast Asian fusion bistro) and Esters Wine Shop and Bar opened within a few weeks of each other this summer. Santa Monica food gurus Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan teamed up with their Rustic Canyon and Milo & Olive wine director Kathryn Weil Coker for the wine bar, and collaborated with Spice Table’s Bryan and Kim Ng for a joint effort on the Bistro. The two upscale but sophisticatedly subtle eateries occupy the first floor of the 1937 art deco building on opposite spaces facing the entry lobby.

We designed the lighting in coordination with our friends over at Montalba Architects for Cassia, and with Oonagh Ryan Architects for Esters, both of which were eagerly anticipated and highly praised by food critics as “one of the most important restaurants to open in Santa Monica this year“.

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August 5, 2015

July 30, 2015

Celebrating the End of Summer 2015

Oculus celebrated the end of busy summer months and the successful internship of our summer intern, Heejung Son from the MFA program at the Parsons New School of Design.  Dinner was sushi at the newly opened Blue Ribbon Sushi at the Grove, lighting design by Oculus.

We had our fill of sushi and the Blue Ribbon’s famous fried chicken.  Now, with a full stomach and open minds we wait for fall to come.

 

 

July 25, 2015

The Guidance Center Wins AIA Award

The Guidance Center, located in downtown Long Beach, won an AIA New York Interiors Award of Merit. Designed for a low budget, splashes of color in off the shelf luminaires add to the architectural character of the space.  The jurors were “moved by the editing and creative restraint demonstrated in creating a meditative environment in a rehabbed 1950’s Salvation Army building”.

Congratulations and thanks to the project team including design architect Lynch/Eeisinger/Design and executive architect Balian Architects.

July 15, 2015

Congratulations Sarah: Selected as Emerging Lighting Designer

Oculus designer Sarah Wang has been selected as an Emerging Lighting Designer to attend the IALD Enlighten Americas Conference in Baltimore.   Sponsored by the LIRC, this scholarship allows growing lighting designers to gain access to continuing education by attending one of the IALD conferences.  The scholarship includes a full conference pass and a stipend for travel and expenses.

Congratulations Sarah, and thanks for the IALD and LIRC for providing these opportunities.

June 29, 2015

We’ve Moved!

We’ve outgrown our old office and we have moved to a new location in Culver City, with quick access to all areas in and around Los Angeles.

Please come visit us at 5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 306, Culver City, CA 90230 (our phone numbers remain the same).

May 29, 2015

IOS Opens

Interior Office Solutions’ downtown LA showroom opened last week. Designed in conjunction with Felderman Keatinge + Associates, the lighting for the showroom is almost all LED and meets the latest Title 24 requirements.  A series of design options were studied for the open showroom area, and keeping time and budget in consideration, the Axo Shatter was selected and laid out appropriately in a shatter formation.  Stanley Felderman’s art is featured throughout the space.

The opening was recently published in LA Downtown News.  Head on over for your favorite office furniture solutions, now available in a beautifully designed—and lit—showroom.

March 18, 2015

Reviewing Student Work at SCI-Arc

Archit Jain was invited to be one of four guest critics at the Southern California School of Architecture (SCI-Arc) to review graduate and undergraduate student projects and discuss the role of light and lighting design in architecture. Billed as Light Work, the installation of student work throughout the SCI-Arc building was part of coursework from the Environmental Systems seminar led by faculty  Ilaria Mazzoleni and Russell Fortmeyer.

Other critics included  Light Artist Mads Christensen, and architects John Enright (Griffin Enright Architects) and Jennifer Marmon (PAR, Platform for Research & Architecture).

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January 30, 2015

Google Orange County Wins Interior Design Best of Year Award

Congratulations to RAPT for winning Interior Design’s Best of Year Award for the Large Tech Office Category! It was a pleasure working with them on the tech-giant’s newest Orange County location, where each light fixture is individually controllable and also tracks its own usage data, which together create a considerable amount of information across the 91,000 sqft office. Connecting the different floors of the office is a a steel staircase wrapped in perforated acrylic, which catches the light of RGB LED’s running the entire length of the vertical centerpiece. The Google engineers themselves wrote a program based on the Arduino platform to change the LED’s colors as a real-time response to the amount of traffic along the staircase.

December 23, 2014

November 20, 2014

Murad Retail Featured as one of “Most Beautiful” in LA

Special thanks and congratulations to our architect friends at Shubin + Donaldson for all of our great work on Murad’s first flagship store, recognized as one of “The Most Beautiful New Stores in L.A.

A combination of recessed linear fluorescent downlights, recessed adjustable accents, and tracklights provide a bright and clean clinical feel without the cold institutional look and with all the warmth of a lifestyle retail store.

October 22, 2014

Oculus Supports IALD LightPlay 2014

Oculus is proud to be a supporter of IALD’s LightPlay at the 2014 Enlighten Americas conference held this year in San Diego, California. Light Play gives students hands-on experience, with the activities varying every year from designing and building light fixtures, to analyzing local exceptional architectural lighting projects, which was this year’s Light Play exercise. It looks like the students (and seasoned professionals involved) had a great time, and we’re happy to be a part of this learning experience!

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