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Christian Lahoude

Christian Lahoude

New York, NY, US

 

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About 

In 2012, Christian Lahoude founded his studio in New York City, where he has conceived innovative and diverse retail designs for Alexander Wang and Jimmy Choo boutiques worldwide. Prior to starting his own firm, Christian Lahoude developed and implemented key rebranding initiatives as the Design Director at Tiffany & Co. and as a Lead Designer at Gucci’s Store Design Department. Christian gained his early professional experience at Jakob+McFarlane (Paris, FR), Massimiliano Fuksas (Paris, FR) and Peter Marino Architect (New York City, USA), where Christian had the opportunity to learn how to design high-end luxury retail spaces for clients, including Chanel, directly under the direction of Peter Marino. Through these experiences, Christian brings his refined and unique perspective to establishing the client’s aesthetic.

Christian Lahoude was raised in Paris, France, where he graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris Belleville in 2001. In 2004, he received his Masters of Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Christian Lahoude is fluent in five languages and imbues his work with the daily inspiration he finds in the art around him. 

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Employment 

Christian Lahoude Studio, New York, NY, US, Principal

Christian Lahoude Studio is an architecture and design services firm based in New York City. The studio embeds luxury and establishes brand identity in high-end retail environments worldwide. Clients include:

Alexander Wang
- Collaborated with Creative Director Alexander Wang to establish the brand’s new worldwide retail concept, creating a design aesthetic to be implemented in all other international locations. Design work included:
- Developed retail concept and all design elements, first implemented in Shanghai, China
- Continued roll-out in key Asia market locations including: Tokyo Aoyama’s multilevel free standing store; Bangkok; Hong Kong (2 locations); Cheongdam; Beijing and Seoul
- Designed and managed development of a shop-in-shop in Osaka and multiple pop-up shop-in-shops in Hankyu, Isetan and Ginza, Japan
- Established the standards for millwork fixtures and material standardization for global roll-out
- Designed and managed an SKU capacity upgrade for the Soho, New York flagship

Jimmy Choo
- First hired by the luxury shoe and accessories brand to establish the design for their first dual-gender freestanding store.
- Created dual-gender freestanding store for Kobe Daimaru, Japan including a striking façade and lobby design integrating the brand’s women’s and men’s store concept; concept quickly deployed in Beijing
- Refined both men’s and women’s freestanding store concepts, as well as the as shop-in-shop and custom shoe and scarf displays
- Worldwide locations include: Bangkok, Niigata, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Xian, Macau, Jeddah, Panama, The Philippines, as well as two flagship locations in Manhattan (Madison Avenue and Soho) opening in early 2016
- Recently retained to establish the design standards for the worldwide rollout of the new store concepts

Aïshti
- Contracted by Lebanon’s premier luxury department store and mall to modify the existing designs.
- Improved the spacing in the Aïshti Foundation Mall, separating the department store by: ready-to-wear, women's, men's, kids, teenagers, jewelry, handbags, cosmetics
- Enhanced the design of the food court and market located in the basement of the mall
- With brand identity firmly in mind, conceived the design for the Aïshti Urban Retreat : spa, gym, beauty salon

Harrys of London
- Engaged by the luxury handmade men’s shoe brand to create a new retail store concept, starting in London and to be rolled out to locations worldwide.
- Established a new retail design concept, elevating the brand’s vision to reflect its, and all, British Heritage
- Concept inspired by London’s historic Gentlemen’s Clubs and Mayfair Hotels
- Balanced a respect for tradition and timeless style with innovation and new technology
- Launched first location in London’s Burlington Arcade in July 2015, to be followed by Jeddah, KSA

May 2012 - current
 

Tiffany & Co., New York, NY, US, DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

Established and implemented all store architecture and design aspects for Tiffany & Co. worldwide. Major initiatives included:

Tiffany & Co. New Store Design & Architectural Concept
- Initiated and directed the design of a new store design, rooted in the Tiffany brand heritage and identity
- Established a new decorative layer process with new furnishings, artwork and accessories
- Completed research for materials palette (glass, stone, wood, metal, fabrics, carpet)
- Led furniture and lighting design
- Hired, trained and supervised design staff with focused specialties
- Reviewed schedules and budgets with vice president and department heads
- Created a new customer experience with focus on music, scent, uniforms, etc. to enhance the shopping experience
- Collaborated with Tiffany internal groups: Visual Merchandising; Marketing; Product Development; Product Design
- Selected and coordinated with consultants and vendors
- Presented concepts to Senior Management and Regional Market leaders
- Select rollout locations included: ASIA PACIFIC – Hong Kong; Taipei; Shanghai; Melbourne; JAPAN – Ginza; Kyoto; Osaka; EUROPE – Barcelona; Nice; Milan; Frankfurt; London; Prague; Zurich; AMERICAS – New York City; New Jersey; Houston; Beverly Hills; San Jose (Costa Rica); Buenos Aires

Tiffany & Co. Watches – Store Design Concept
- Designed Created TLC boutique within the New York Flagship to launch the handbags collection

TLC - Tiffany Leather Collection Launch
- Created a press showroom for Lambertson & Truex leather goods in the Tiffany New York Flagship, including display tools
- Created TLC boutique within the New York Flagship to launch the handbags collection

Tiffany & Co. Corporate Office Relocation
- Member of the steering design committee
- Lead artwork program for new corporate offices at 200 Fifth Ave.
- Coordinate consultants, artists, internal committee

May 2009 - May 2012
 

GUCCI, New York, NY, US, Senior Architectural Designer

Established in-house department of Architecture & Interior Design. Major initiatives were:

New GUCCI Global Store Design Concept
In collaboration with GUCCI Creative Director Frida Giannini, established and implemented all design aspects of the new GUCCI store concept:
- Prepared presentation drawings
- 3D computer modeling – work on photorealistic interior and exterior models of store concept and façade design
- Material development (glass, stone, wood, metal, fabrics, carpet)
- Furniture and lighting design, created prototype of millwork
- Selected and coordinated with consultants and vendors
- Handled all phases of project: schematic design; design development; construction documentation; construction administration (job site supervision)
- Hired, trained and supervised design staff
- Locations included: FLAGSHIPS in Rome; New York; London; Hong Kong; Macau; Shanghai; Paris; FREESTANDING STORES in Tokyo Shibuya Mall; San Francisco; Cannes; Munich; and SHOP-IN-SHOPS at Harrod’s London; Saks Fifth Avenue Women’s Boutique, NYC; Bergdorf Goodman Accessories, NYC; Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Printemps Haussman, Paris; Monte Carlo, Monaco

GUCCI Showroom – Milan
- Designed new showroom and reception, layout and mobile shelving units
- Designed creative director’s office layout and furniture
- Coordinated with visual merchandising team for hand-over

GUCCI – Global Store Roll-out Plan
- Created standard design manual to serve as template for regions
- Design-directed regional store planning teams on other GUCCI stores and shop-in-shops in Japan, China and America
- Supervised construction of prototypes in each region

Jun 2006 - Feb 2009
 

Peter Marino Architect, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Focused on design development for the luxury retail and hospitality markets.

Chanel Fine Jewelry New Worldwide Store Concept
- New design concept of Fine Jewelry & Watches boutiques
- Presentation drawings, 3D computer modeling and rendering
- Millwork development and prototypes
- Furniture, lighting design and material research
- Concept implemented in: Prince’s Building, Hong Kong – WAFI, Dubai - Ala Moana, Hawaii – Moscow - Paris

Other projects included:
- Chanel – Fine Jewelry New Worldwide Concept; Prince’s Building Flagship in Hong Kong; Boutiques in Kowloon and Lee Garden, Hong Kong, and Osaka and Namiki, Japan
- Fendi Palazzo Flagship, Rome – New design concept - Presentation drawings and 3D digital modeling
- Louis Vuitton, Champs-Elysees, Paris – Presentation drawings and 3D computer modeling
- Casino (Private Beach Club), Santa Barbara, California – Interior and terrace studies
- Yacht Club Costa Esmeralda, Sardinia – Façade and terrace extension
- 105 West 57th Street Residential Tower, New York – Design proposals of façade and building envelope

Jul 2004 - Jun 2006
 

Education 

Harvard University, Cambridge USA​​, Masters, Master in Design studies

Masters in Design Studies, Post-Professional Degree: Digital Media in Design
New Technologies: New Materials and Technology for Architecture Seminar at the MIT Media Lab: Media Performance
TEACHING ASSISTANT GSD 1306 - Studio with Linda Pollak, Design Critic - Sculpture Center NYC

Aug 2003 - Jun 2004
 

ECOLE D’ARCHITECTURE de SAINT ETIENNE+ Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs - France ​​, St Etienne , France, Masters, Master in building project management

Post graduate D.E.S.S. Masters Program: Building Project Management
Essay: Project's Evolution and Role Interactions between Construction Parties

Sep 2001 - Sep 2002
 

École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville, Paris, FR, Masters, DPLG

Post graduate Architect DPLG Master Degree - III cycle Studies in Architecture - Honors
Thesis Project: A Cultural Vocational Ground-Public Cultural Facilities for Byblos 2001
II cycle Studies in Architecture: Maîtrise 3 & 4 grades - Bachelors 1997-1999

Sep 1997 - Sep 2001
 

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