March 5, 2014
AKA Beverly Hills received an honorary mention in Interior Design’s “Best of Year” issue, and our lighting design was noted as its “standout” quality: “Perforations in the concrete facade are echoed in the lobby by the constellation of LED-lit oculi hovering over the oak floor.”
February 15, 2014
We are excited to announce that four of our retail projects from the past year have won five first place awards and one honorable mention in Chain Store Age’s 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year design competition.
February 1, 2014
“How do you convert and existing apartment building into a luxury extended-stay hotel? Very carefully. The DLF presents Scotts Hatton to share the tale, including clients unfamiliar with California codes, converting an existing dimming to all LED, and working around existing conditions, with some comical misadventures along the way.”
January 25, 2014
Our project Sperry Top-Sider was featured on the Retail Design Blog and on the cover of Retail Environments Magazine. We designed the prototype and the roll-outs for this new store redesign with our friends in Callison, based in Seattle. The store design is reminiscent of a Nantucket beach cottage with weathered finishes and nautical-inspired collections, as if handed down through generations.
January 20, 2014
We’re excited to be designing the lighting for a luxury department store. At over 200,000 sft. this is a large space and the challenge is to reduce the vast expanse of lighting in the ceiling to a more human scale. LEDs would be used extensively for reduced maintenance and energy use. A majority of the luminaires will be adjustable, and field ceiling lighting designed in a way to ensure that the product can be highlighted from all directions. High contrast, with merchandise illuminated to much brighter levels than the surroundings, is needed to create a high-end feel. Several days of aiming would definitely be needed!
The exterior will feature an interactive lighting installation, visible from the parking lot and providing character to the building distinct from the mall behind.
See you there in the fall of 2015!
January 17, 2014
We will be working with SMS Architects on the renovation of the Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, California. The site, which recently has been mostly vacant, has already garnered much interest from restaurants and retail vendors based on the proposed re-design, which will upgrade the Lido Marina Village into a contemporary, upscale shopping and dining center.
January 6, 2014
As you know, we pride ourselves in being Scalable, Adaptable and Collaborative. And part of being collaborative is being accessible to our clients. Our new website, launched today, takes this to our web interface as well. Designed by Randy Karels, this website uses leading responsive web technology to adapt and scale the content to the device accessing it, whether it is a small mobile device or a high resolution monitor. So, now we fit your needs in more than one way.
December 30, 2013
Our design for YouTube’s outdoor “Moonlit Theater” has been featured in the landscape lighting segment of Lighting Today’s newest issue. Lighting Today is an architectural lighting magazine based in Singapore and our project appears on page 75 of the latest issue.
December 18, 2013
We are happy to be partnering with Callison again on a new project. This time we will be working together on the renovation of The Westlake Plaza and Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. The ideally located neighborhood plaza has been a key area for lifestyle shopping and dining, and we are excited to update the charming plaza with a fresh look.
December 17, 2013
“Can you specify some floodlights to light our sign?” That was the directive given to us to light the YouTube sign located on the side of their office/sound stage complex in Playa Vista, CA. We looked at the sign and thought that floodlighting would not be a great solution, because the sign was offset from the wall and that the shadows would be distracting. We felt that halo-lighting would be a better solution and make it easier to read at nighttime.
November 10, 2013
*Or not, since on December 11, 2013, the California Energy Commission has decided to postpone the implementation until July 1st 2014.
While the new standards are estimated to reduce energy consumption by 25% for residential and 30% for commercial buildings, the impacts design are pretty significant. Lighting is said to currently account for approximately 30% of California’s electricity use. So, you know this will affect your project’s lighting design, but how?
November 1, 2013
We are pleased to announce our association with The Bloc, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. We will be working closely with The Ratkovich Company (our client on YouTube), Studio One Eleven and EPT Design. Expect some lighting surprises when the project is done!
October 16, 2013
Oculus principal Archit Jain was invited to New Delhi, India to attend the launch of vis-à-vis India Pvt. Ltd.’s new lighting and outdoor furniture experience center. The event also coincided with an exhibition on Design as Social Capital, in a dedicated exhibition space inside the experience center. Amit and Hardeep Gupta, owners of vis-à-vis had invited the who’s who of India-based architects, along with what it seemed like all the lighting designers practicing in India, whether based in India or in other parts of the world.
October 15, 2013
Passing by New Delhi’s HOK designed new (or somewhat new at least) Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3, I was struck again by how different the concourses of this this airport “feel” when compared to other airports in other cities. I’ve flown through Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London Terminal 5, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and the just opened Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angles and somehow the Delhi airport is still different. So what is the difference?
October 10, 2013
26,000+ sft, 1000+ luminaires, 1.5 years of design and construction, metal halide, LED and fluorescent, heartburn at times—it’s all done and The Pirch Store (formerly Fixtures Living) is now open. Scott and David spent a collective 28 hours on ladders to aim the lighting in the store, and it looks great.
So if you’re looking to build a new home, or even redo your existing one, and want to make home fixture shopping a fun experience, head on over. They’ll even serve you a handcrafted espresso while you do so.
September 19, 2013
Oculus’ project, The Law Offices of Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel, was in the news as Callison’s entry to the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter People’s Choice Award. We enjoyed working with Callison’s team on this project, and Goodsill is clearly happy with the design of their space, as it appears prominently on their website.
Good luck to Callison on this entry!
The full entry for all projects is available here.
August 19, 2013
“Sir—keep away 4 feet from the art!” What do a bunch of lighting designers do when they see lighting art? Get in trouble of course.
The Turrell Retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a very impressive way to experience light. Even as lighting designers used to working with a variety of lighting design projects over the years, some of us who visited the show were pretty amazed by the variety of unusual perceptual illusions created in the installations. And of course the urge to dissect the installation is always there—so in addition to legitimately poring over the details in Turrell’s displayed notebooks, we could not resist sneaking behind the magic curtain too, only to be quickly reprimanded by the guards.
August 15, 2013
Excited to work with our friends at Lifescapes on the new The Point development in El Segundo, CA. The 115,000 sft. shopping, dining and lifestyle destination is located at the crossroads of the Rosecrans Avenue and Sepulveda Blvd. in South Bay.
We will be working with the landscape architects to create a comfortable and pleasing shopping and dining experience for the project, while designing a strong nighttime identity.
August 10, 2013
The AT&T new prototypical store was featured in the All Things Digital website of the Wall Street Journal. Oculus collaborated with Callison Seattle on this project. On completing the mock prototypical design, built in full-scale, and fully stocked, Oculus is now working on the roll-outs and further design revisions with the design team.
More posts can be found online:
“AT&T unveils next-generation store design” Chain Store Age