September 10, 2019

Oculus Travels: Summer 2019

With summer coming to an end, we’re reflecting back on our vacations, which have taken us all over the world, including to Europe, Hawaii, India, Chicago, Vancouver, and Portland. We hope you enjoy these snippets from our travels!


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During the Labor Day weekend, Sarah went hiking in the mountains surrounding Portland. She walked along the creeks deep within the forest to find the hidden waterfalls, and it definitely was worth hours of hiking to discover them. Having endured a long hot summer in LA, she felt refreshed and re-hydrated in the mist from the falls. After finishing her long hike, Sarah visited a local beekeeper; nothing tastes better than newly harvested honey paired with fruits just picked from their orchard!

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August 23, 2019

Cargo Container Community

Oculus has just completed another project in collaboration with Studio One Eleven! SteelCraft Bellflower recently opened up, and it’s bringing a whole new use to cargo containers. This 15,000sf food hall has a variety of food and drink spots along with a communal dining area to relax with family and friends (and pets!).

These re-purposed shipping containers create sustainable and more cost-effective structures, and they tie back to SteelCraft’s first location in Long Beach, a historically large port city and the second busiest container port in the U.S. Recent surveys show that SteelCraft Bellflower has already increased social and business activity in the area.

Go check out this new hot spot, and enjoy the food and ambiance in this revitalized community! You can read more here!

August 7, 2019

New Affordable Housing in Santa Monica

With rising numbers of homeless populations in Los Angeles, non-profit affordable housing developer Community Corporation has been successfully increasing the number of available affordable units, especially for those who are facing unexpected economic challenges. Oculus feels both honored and proud to have worked with KoningEizenberg and Community Corp on the new Arroyo complex, which recently opened in Downtown Santa Monica.

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July 18, 2019

West-side Midwest Style

Oculus Light Studio’s latest completed restaurant project Birdie G’s, alongside architects Montalba, has opened its doors in Santa Monica, CA! This is also the latest creation for Michelin-starred Chef Jeremy Fox, who has also been nominated multiple times for a James Beard Award.

Named after both Fox’s daughter and grandmother, this 5,000sf Midwestern style restaurant includes an outdoor patio, chef’s table, and main dining area, as well as a private dining room towards the back of the restaurant.

Chao-Wei Su, lead Oculus designer on the project, explains that “the lighting for the restaurant is a modern interpretation of comfortable rustic design and provides general illumination of all tables through carefully articulated trackheads above. Linear glow lights behind the banquettes accentuate a subtle, ambient environment during both night and day.”

Check out this article for more information and updates on the restaurant!

June 27, 2019

Awards Season!

Oculus Light Studio has been on a roll this awards season! Starting with the Emerging Lighting Design Practice of the Year Award at the Lighting Design Awards, many more have now stacked up in the recent weeks.

This summer Oculus has won two IES National Awards of Merit for Mayumi and Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell; and at the Lumen West Awards, Mayumi and 5300 McConnell won Awards of Merit for Exterior Lighting.

Also this past week, Oculus projects Erewhon Market and Orum Rd Residence won Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards, while Nike ABC Mart Grand Stage won a Shop! Design Gold Award for Softline Specialty Store.

The AIA Los Angeles Residential Architectural Awards were recently bestowed upon two more Oculus projects, a Merit Award for Orum Rd Residence and a Citation Award for Line Lofts.

Thank you to all of the design teams for all the fantastic collaborative efforts on these projects!

June 12, 2019

Culver Studios Newly Released Renderings

The Culver Studios construction is currently underway! Oculus is working on the renovation of this 101-year old site, where nearly every studio warehouse has been removed, save for the historic buildings. The production campus will include new underground parking connecting to The Culver Steps.

Construction is scheduled for completion sometime 2021, and updated renderings have recently been released as a sneak peek to the much-anticipated development. This fresh look will keep Culver City thriving, especially with media competitors HBO and Apple moving in nearby.

Check out this latest article for more information!

May 31, 2019

Hiring Architectural Lighting Designers!

We are currently looking for full-time entry-level lighting designers to join our diverse team currently working on a wide range of architectural lighting design projects located both locally and around the globe. 

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May 29, 2019

San Pedro Public Market Gets a Face-lift

San Pedro’s historic Ports O’ Call Village is getting a $150 million makeover! Oculus is currently working with RAPT Studio and Adamson Associates on the new San Pedro Public Market, which will include a mix of restaurants and retail, along with recreational areas and a 6,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. The first phase is expected to open as early as 2021, so keep your eyes peeled for this fresh renovation. In the meantime, check out this article for more info!

May 16, 2019

2019 Emerging Practice Award!

A big thank you to the Lighting Design Awards for distinguishing Oculus Light Studio as the Emerging Lighting Design Practice of 2019! We are incredibly honored to receive this recognition.

The Lighting Design Awards are presented by the Lighting Design Magazine based in the UK. This year, the gala was held at the Troxy in London on May 16, 2019. Of the 5 finalists selected, Oculus was announced as the winner and praised as “a studio whose passion is at the heart of everything it does.”

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May 3, 2019

Hollywood’s Tallest Building!

The Line Lofts are now Hollywood’s tallest building! This 6-story sleek residential building is in the heart of Hollywood, near the famed corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland. Oculus Light Studio worked with SPF:a on this contemporary multi-family project, where design highlights include an exterior stairway and tall multi-level interior volumes. Even with budget constraints, this project is a showcase of custom-made style and flair.

The Line Lofts just won an AIA Los Angeles Residential Architecture Award | Citation Award for Multi-Unit Residential!

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April 25, 2019

Shoes and Social Media

ABC Mart Grand Stage opened up its doors last November in Tokyo’s trendsetting Harujuku district, where it was designed with Instragrammable photo opportunities at every corner so shoppers can take their social media to the next level while purchasing fashionable footwear. Working with CallisonRTKL, Oculus Light Studio was excited to be a part of this project as careful attention was taken to ensure that the seamlessly integrated lighting would flatter both the merchandise and the selfie-ready shoppers.

ABC Mart Grand Stage was also just nominated for a Shop! Award. The winners will be announced in June.

For more information on ABC Mart, check out this article here!

April 17, 2019

LA’s LGBT Center

Last week, Los Angeles’ LGBT Center had its grand opening of the Anita May Rosenstein Campus. This 2-acre campus will help expand their services to more of the LGBT senior and youth community. Oculus Light Studio had the privilege to work on this project with Killefer Flammang Architects. This mixed-use center includes a recreation room, Youth Center, Senior Center, 100 beds for homeless youth, and a Youth Academy as well as administrative offices.

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April 5, 2019

Designer’s Lighting Forum LA

This week, Principal Archit Jain spoke alongside two other industry professionals at the Designer’s Lighting Forum hosted at the RDC/Studio111 offices (lighting design by Oculus!). With a mix of architects, interior designers and lighting industry people, this 50-person turn-out was quite a success! Archit’s presentation included valuable information on lighting design for international clients, and how to successfully propose and negotiate those contracts.

International work provides Oculus with a chance to meet new people, work in new locales, on different kinds of projects and creating design solutions that may be entirely unique.  From a business perspective, international work also helps by hedging bets across regions.

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March 25, 2019

Hot Off the Press

Oculus recently finished working on Aviron, which was featured in a six-page spread in Contract Magazine’s March 2019 issue. Working with the team at Felderman Keatinge + Associates, we were able to create a successful lighting design based on their conceptual narrative of a boat moving through water, as Aviron in French means “rowing”. This narrative takes us on a journey starting with a rippling “waterfall” at the entry, through a flowing corridor past the stroking paddles of decorative pendants in the conference room, to the final destination of the lounge where the structure of the boat’s joists are celebrated with warm cove lighting.

 

March 21, 2019

Lighting Design Awards – Shortlist

We were just notified that Oculus Light Studio made the Shortlist for Emerging Practice of the Year for the Lighting Design Awards 2019! The qualifications were to be in the business for 7 years or less with proven exceptional innovation and consistent project successes. Check out the full shortlist here.

March 6, 2019

Vegas’ New Sushi Spot

After closing up shop in Vegas in 2015 to make way for renovations, Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill is now back in action! Located in Vegas’ off-strip Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa,  the Bromberg brothers reopened this new location January 2019 after many requests to bring back all the favorites. This is Oculus Light Studio’s fourth restaurant with the Bromberg brothers, working hand in hand with Asfour Guzy Architects.

Designer Nico Meyer made a site visit before the grand opening to make sure the lighting was perfect. He says, “After aiming the lights, we had to make sure the food looked (and tasted) good under the lights too.”

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February 26, 2019

Saks $250M Renovation!

Working with Gensler NY, Oculus Light Studio just finished working on the main floor for Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store, which ended up being a $250 Million dollar renovation! The 53,000sf floor will be filled with a variety of handbags and multiple accessories.

Associate, Joel Weston, went on site stating: “The project went smoothly with the help of an organized visual team, carefully installed lighting, and the first-hand knowledge from aiming at previous Saks stores.”

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February 7, 2019

Quote This!

The words (and lighting design) of Oculus Associate Joel Weston were featured in LD+A‘s January issue with extra large font regarding Oculus’ recently completed project, Fender HQ. Listed with an IES Illumination Award of Merit, Fender’s LA office lighting reflects exactly what they are all about. Joel says “The overall look of the lighting takes cues from the knobs, frets, strings and finishes of a well-crafted guitar.”

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January 29, 2019

New Projects Up On Site

Check out these recent projects from Oculus Light Studio, including an international flagship store, a structure that is redefining the look of the contemporary multi-family development, three Bel Air mansions, a luxury children’s clothing store, an Italian restaurant tucked away in and inspired by the Peterson Automotive Museum, a boutique hotel nestled in Culver City, a TI remodel with an eye-catching portal facade, and a cost-effective shoe retail store prototype.

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January 24, 2019

Oculus Gives Back

Oculus Light Studio got involved with the local community by working with DaVinci Rise High School in neighboring El Segundo. We guided their architecture class through the lighting design for their mobile learning center. The overall project was designed by Gensler, managed by Houston/Tyner architects, and hand-built by the students. They installed concealed strip-lights to provide indirect ambient illumination, recessed linears at task areas, and decorative pendants throughout, creating a comfortable and inviting environment for learning on the go! A big thank-you to all the lighting manufacturers who donated or discounted their lighting fixtures to make this possible.