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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. 

Elsewhere:

Employment 

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

Design Studio focusing on luxury retail concepts and roll-out

ALEXANDER WANG

Shanghai IAMP, China - Schematic design and development for freestanding store – April 2013

Hankyu Osaka, Japan - Shop in shop design and management – November 2012

Standards – millwork fixtures and material standardization for global roll-out

JIMMY CHOO

Kobe, Japan - Opened April 2013 - 137sqm. - First dual-gender Jimmy Choo store with street front. Scope included layout, common area, and facade design.

Bejing Charter, China - Opened December 2013 - 180sqm.

Shanghai IAPM Men's, China - Opened December 2013 - 130sqm.

Ginza, Japan - Opened September 2014 -57sqm.- Shop in shop design and management

HK Harbor City, Hong Kong - In Progress
Chengdu Flagship, China - In Progress - 139sqm. - two-level, dual-gender flagship
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - In Progress - 135sqm.
Panama Soho Mall, Panama- In Progress - 156sqm.

May 2012 - current
 

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

Director of Design - Architecture & Interior Design

NEW TIFFANY & CO. STORE DESIGN
Establish and implement all store design aspects for Tiffany & Co. worldwide

TIFFANY ASIA PACIFIC: Hong Kong Landmark Flagship - Macao Wynn Casino – Guangzhou, China- Daegu, Korea
Shanghai Plaza 66, China - Shenzhen Mix C, China - Shanghai IFC, China - Beijing Peninsula Hotel, China - Beijing China World, China - Melbourne Collins Street Flagship, Australia - Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – Bellavita, Taiwan – Hong Kong DFS

TIFFANY JAPAN: ​Ginza Honten Flagship Cosmetic renovation, Tokyo - Kyoto Daimaru - Kansai Airport - OsakaTakashimaya - Ginza Mitsukoshi – Hanaeda Airport – Kanazawa Daiwa

TIFFANY EUROPE: Barcelona Mandarin Hotel, Spain – Munich Flagship Renovation, Germany - Nice Avenue Verdun, France- Milan Excelsior, Italy - Frankfort Airport, Germany – Printemps, Paris, France - Heathrow Terminal 3, London, UK ---Canary Wharf, London, UK - Zurich Airport, Switzerland – Prague, Czech Republic

TIFFANY AMERICAS: Santa Monica, California - Short Hills Mall, New Jersey - San Francisco Center, California - Beverly Center Mall, California – Houston Woodlands, Texas - Costa Rica- Buenos Aires

RESPONSIBILITIES:
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Initiate and direct the design of a new Store Design
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Material palette research (glass, stone, wood, metal, fabrics, carpet)
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Establish a new decorative layer process with new furnishings, artwork and accessories
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Hire, train and supervise design staff with focused specialties-
Review schedules and budgets with Vice President and department heads

TIFFANY NEW ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT
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Create a new store design for Tiffany stores, deeply rooted in the heritage of the brand and its identity
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Create a new customer experience with focus on music, scent, uniforms, etc. to enhance the shopping experience
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Collaborate with Tiffany internal departments: Visual Merchandising, Marketing, Product Development, Product Design
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Select and coordinate consultants and vendors
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Furniture and lighting design
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Presentation to Senior Management and Regional Market leaders

TIFFANY & CO. WATCHES – STORE DESIGN CONCEPT
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Designed a new Store Concept for Tiffany & Co. watches
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Collaboration with the Swatch Group

TLC – TIFFANY LEATHER COLLECTION LAUNCH
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Created a Press Showroom for Lamberson & Truex leather accessories for Tiffany in NY Flagship, including display tools
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Created TLC Boutique within the NY Flagship to launch the handbags collection in Fall 2010

TIFFANY & CO CORPORATE OFFICES RELOCATION - NEW YORK 2011
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Member of the steering design committee
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Lead artwork program for new corporate offices at 200 Fifth Ave.
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Coordinate consultants, artists, internal committee

May 2009 - May 2012
 

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

GUCCI Worldwide Store Planning & Design – New York, NY​July 2006 - Feb 2009
Lead Designer - Hired to establish in-house department of Architecture & Interior Design

NEW GUCCI GLOBAL STORE DESIGN CONCEPT
Collaboration with GUCCI Creative Director Frida Giannini on New Store Design Concept
Establish and implement all design aspects of the New GUCCI Store Concept

ROMA FLAGSHIP Via Condotti, Italy - NEW YORK FLAGSHIP Fifth Avenue - SHIBUYA TOKYO – SENDAI Fujisaki –
LONDON FLAGSHIP Sloane Street, UK - HARROD’S LONDON SHOP IN SHOP Men’s and Ladies RTW, Accessories –GUCCI SAN FRANCISCO Union Square - BOUTIQUE SAKS FIFTH AVENUE NY Ladies RTW 3rd flr. - ACCESSORIES BERGDORF GOODMAN, NY - HONG KONG FLAGSHIP, Canton Road - MACAO FLAGSHIP, Wynn - SHANGHAIFLAGSHIP Golden Eagle, China -GUCCI PARIS FLAGSHIP Rue Royale - GALERIES LAFAYETTE PARIS Shop in Shop - PRINTEMPSHAUSSMAN PARIS SHOP IN SHOP MONTE CARLO, MONACO – CANNES Blvd Croisette, France - MUNICH Maximilianstrasse, Germany

RESPONSIBILITIES:
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Presentation drawings
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3D computer modeling – work on photorealistic interior and exterior models of store concept and façade design
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Material development (glass, stone, wood, metal, fabrics, carpet)
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Furniture and lighting design, Prototype of millwork
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Select and coordinate consultants and vendors
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Handle all phases of project: - Schematic design
- Design development
- Construction documentation
- Construction administration (job site supervision)
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Hire, train and supervise design staff

GUCCI SHOWROOM – Milan
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Design of a new showroom and reception, layout and mobile shelving units
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Design of Creative Director’s office layout and furniture
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Coordination with Visual Merchandising team for hand-over

GUCCI STORE CONCEPT - Roll-out
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Create standard design manual to serve as template for regions
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Design-direct regional store planning teams on other GUCCI stores and shop-in-shops in Japan, China and America
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Supervise construction of prototypes in each region

Jun 2006 - Mar 2009
 

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

Architectural Designer
CHANEL FINE JEWELRY NEW WORLDWIDE STORE CONCEPT
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New design concept of Fine Jewelry & Watches boutiques
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Presentation drawings, 3D computer modeling and rendering
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Millwork development and prototypes
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Furniture, lighting design and material research
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Concept implemented in: Prince’s Building, Hong Kong – WAFI, Dubai - Ala Moana, Hawaii – Moscow - Paris
CHANEL PRINCE’S BUILDING FLAGSHIP - Hong Kong
CHANEL BOUTIQUE OCEAN CENTER – Kowloon Hong Kong
CHANEL BOUTIQUE LEE GARDEN - Hong Kong
CHANEL BOUTIQUE OSAKA renovation – Japan
CHANEL BOUTIQUE NAMIKI – Tokyo

FENDI PALAZZO FLAGSHIP - Rome - New design concept - Presentation drawings and 3D digital modeling
LOUIS VUITTON - Champs-Elysees Paris - Presentation drawings and 3D computer modeling

CORAL 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
 

Areas of Specialization 



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