Office for Visual Interaction – OVI is an internationally acclaimed lighting design studio based in NYC. Driven by the virtuosity of its founders, Chief Creative Jean Sundin and Chief Innovator Enrique Peiniger, the studio’s work reflects their passionate curiosity, technical imagination, and inspired artistry.
Constant experiments in the fields of art, science, technology and design push our ideas beyond convention and shape them with meaning and precision. Our work has become the launch pad of many innovations that are redefining the lighting field. OVI is the lighting studio for some the most iconic projects of our time.
We use light as a medium to transform space, visuals and emotions. The controlled design of light over matter creates a sense of place and awakens the user’s cultural memory.
A culturally diverse creative team of designers, we are committed as much to technological innovation as to philosophical dimensions of our work. We are trusted partners from the early stages of design and focused on shaping a project’s identity with light.
Our ingenuity makes OVI a global leader in project and product design. We practice insights exploration successfully for the industry and arts. We are creative innovators with light, sensitive to culture, and focused on hands-on execution.
“Their creativity, technical prowess and professionalism have been a great asset”
Mark Husser, Partner at GRIMSHAW
As a principal and co-founder of OVI, Jean Sundin directs the lighting designs for many of the world’s foremost architectural projects, from masterplans, cultural buildings and high-rise towers to sophisticated interiors and innovative product design.
An honors graduate in Interior Design, Jean has over 25 years of experience illuminating high-caliber international projects. Prior to founding OVI, as a project manager with Claude and Danielle Engle, she collaborated with leading architects to light high-profile cultural works, including the Pyramid and Richelieu Wing of the Grand Louvre in Paris, France; the Maison Carree and Carree d’Art in Nimes, France; the Korean War Veterans Memorial and Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC; Stansted Airport in Essex in the UK; and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Her extensive technical knowledge and international experience, combined with her impeccable design aesthetic and attention to detail, has allowed Jean to develop pioneering solutions for such lighting showpieces as Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building, the Saudi Aramco (KAPSARC), Canadian Parliament and Chicago Landmark, the Rookery.
Throughout her career, Jean has been a passionate advocate for lighting education. She is a past Director of Education for the Professional Lighting Designers’ Association (PLDA) and is on the faculty and an Advisory Board Member for the New York School of Interior Design Lighting Program. She has lead training seminars for the IES and was appointed as a distinguished faculty member teaching advanced lighting courses at Parsons The New School for Design. Jean is currently the Chair and co-author of the IALD’s Guidelines for Lighting Specification Integrity, used by professional lighting designers worldwide. A sought-after speaker, she has lectured extensively including events at Yale University, Light + Building in Frankfurt, MasterDIA in Madrid, Euroluce in Milan and PLDC conventions in Berlin, Madrid and London. Jean has also been featured in AL Magazine’s One-on-One Interview series.
The firm’s projects have been widely published and have received the highest accolades in the industry from prestigious award programs including the ‘International Award of Distinction’ from the IES, the GE ‘Edison Award’ and the illumni ‘Gold Infinity Award’. In 2010, OVI’s work was the subject of the first solo exhibition on lighting at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin and is the subject of a recently released monograph entitled ‘Lighting Design & Process’.
Trained in architectural engineering and social sciences, OVI Principal Enrique Peiniger sees his work in lighting as a technical extension of the architectural language. Enrique’s attunement to issues of state-of-art technology and construction sequencing enables him to embed an engineering logic into his designs, whether by rationalizing layouts or minimizing the types of light sources used on a building.
As a principal and co-founder of OVI, Enrique has integrated cutting-edge lighting technology for leading historical, contemporary, and avant-guard structures. Utilizing his former experience in the lighting manufacturing industry combined with his architectural training and expert lighting knowledge to he frequently spearheads collaborations with manufacturers to develop innovative custom luminaires for one-of-kind projects that incorporate specialized finishes, advanced manufacturing techniques, and emerging light sources. In developing a new LED Streetlight for New York City, he facilitated the creation of a ‘modular’ concept for LED luminaires vs. completely soldered circuit boards, now standard in the luminaire industry. For the Canadian Parliament, Enrique worked on highly specialized optical designs to meet HDTV Broadcast requirements for a state-of-the-art facility for the new Chamber and Committee Rooms.
An accomplished lecturer and lighting educator, Enrique has led lighting design workshops and presented at professional lighting congresses and universities worldwide, including a lectures at World Architecture Day in New York City, Light + Building in Frankfurt, Yale University, Light Insight Arabia Conference in Dubai, Light Middle East in Dubai and PLDC conventions in Berlin and London. In 2004, he was appointed as the lighting expert for UNESCO missions to Kuwait. Enrique has also taught courses at the Technical University of Berlin and advanced courses in lighting design at Parsons The New School for Design, where he was appointed as a distinguished faculty member.
OVI’s work has been recognized with the highest honors including the IES Lumen Award of Excellence, IALD Award of Excellence, Architect Magazine’s R+D Award, and World Architecture News’ Lighting Project of the Year. The studio’s designs have also been featured in all leading architectural and lighting publications, including Architectural Record, Architectural Review, and Domus, among others. In 2010, OVI’s work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin.