OFFICE FOR VISUAL INTERACTION

“A very good listener … they understand the delicate balance and endurance required for the realization of a signature project.” 
Hussain Ali-Kahn, Former Vice President - Real Estate Development for The New York Times Company

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Practice

 
 
 

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.

 
 
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“Their creativity, technical prowess and professionalism have been a great asset”
Mark Husser, Partner at GRIMSHAW

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Founders

 
 

Jean Sundin


One of the world’s preeminent exponents of architectural lighting design, Jean Sundin, Founder and Chief Creative of OVI, began her career where others aspire to end: the Louvre’s Pyramid, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Hirschhorn Museum among others. Since then, her work, which ranges from masterplans to the smallest of lighting details, is driven by her unique view on aesthetics, one that stems from her training in both Western and Eastern philosophies, the classical tradition as well as Feng Shui. Her balanced approach to design is manifest in all aspects of her work that include interior design, graphic design, the scientific aspects of light and specification. One of the most influential female pioneers in lighting design and one of the first Certified Lighting Designers in the world, Jean is known to be technically imaginative with clear design precision, a truly cross-disciplinary practitioner whose sensitivity to history and culture is interpreted with the mark of a virtuoso into elegant lighting solutions. 

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. 

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Throughout her career, Jean has been a passionate advocate for lighting education. She is a past Director of Education for the PLDA and was appointed as 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 the Chair and co-author of the IALD’s Guidelines for Lighting Specification Integrity, used by professional lighting designers worldwide. An accomplished 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 a solo exhibition in Berlin and is the subject of a recently released monograph entitled ‘Lighting Design & Process’.

Enrique Peiniger


A unique presence amongst lighting designers, Enrique Peiniger, Founder and Chief Innovator of OVI, is among the first Certified Lighting Designers in the world and was formally trained in more than one field. This singularly manifold way of thinking defines all his work: as an architect, Enrique articulates the project’s historical and cultural context; as an engineer, he aims at clarity and logic by constantly devising state-of-the-art technology which is developed to achieve economy of the work; as a designer, he is sensitive to social and aesthetic parameters which he integrates in originally engineered lighting solutions. The roster of his completed work attests to Enrique’s distinctive methodology. 

Enrique’s contribution to OVI’s practice has produced work that is timeless. His cutting-edge lighting technology befits historical, contemporary, and avant garde projects seamlessly activating space and materials for the benefit of the user. Utilizing his former experience in the lighting manufacturing industry, Enrique is known to spearhead collaborations with manufacturers to develop custom luminaires for one-of-a-kind projects that incorporate specialized finishes, advanced fabrication techniques, and emerging light sources. Two of OVI’s recent projects, the winning solution for the new ‘modular’ LED Streetlight for New York City and the Canadian Parliament’s highly specialized optical design, showcase Enrique’s scientific dexterity.

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A sought-after lecturer and lighting educator, Enrique has led lighting design workshops and presented at professional lighting congresses and universities worldwide, including 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. 

A discerning innovator devoted to advancing culture through catalyzing conversations and collaborations across design fields, Enrique Peiniger is dynamically shaping the lighting design field.


“It is an excellent collaboration. Their engaged collaboration has helped tremendously to find inventive and highly satisfying solutions.” 
Enric Miralles

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