Rottet Studio it’s an international architecture and design firm with an extensive portfolio of corporate and hospitality projects for the world’s leading companies and brands. In the last decade, Founder Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA has developed Rottet Studio into one of the finest interior design practices in the United States, which is consistently ranked among the corporate and hospitality Top 100 Design Giants by Interior Design magazine and was recently recognized as one of the Top 3 Most Admired Design Firms in the World.
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The WBE-certified firm boasts more than 40 million square feet of built design and a vast array of award-winning projects and furniture designs. The firm’s principals have worked together for as many as 35 years offering a broad range of services including architecture and interior design, furniture design, graphic design, product design, branding, and art selection. Rottet Studio is known in the marketplace as innovators, not followers. Reflecting a desire to improve the human experience through the built environment, Rottet Studio provides innovative architectural solutions characterized by precise detail and direct response to the client’s goals.
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Through thoughtful design, we deliver environments that not only satisfy our clients’ needs, but allow them to achieve a level of enjoyment and success beyond their expectations because we create more efficient, less expensive, healthier, and in the long run, much better investments through timeless sustainable design. With best-of-class design professionals in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Shanghai, Rottet Studio is ideally positioned to exceed clients’ expectations.
Lauren Rottet is one of the most-celebrated interior architects in the world today with an extraordinary record of awards, publications, lectures, juries, and honors. Ms. Rottet is the only woman in history to be elevated to Fellow status by both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. She also holds the coveted titles of Interior Design Hall of Fame and Interiors (now Contract) Designer of the Year and Lifetime Appointee to the U.S. General Services Administration’s National Register of Peer Professionals for Design Excellence. In 2006, Rottet was inducted as an Inaugural Member of the Women in Design Hall of Fame. In 2010 she served as a juror in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and in 2012 was named Boutique Design Designer of the Year. Most recently, in 2014, Ms. Rottet was inducted into Hospitality Design magazine’s legendary Platinum Circle, the magazine’s highest honor for design professionals. Ms. Rottet’s furniture and product designs have earned her four gold medals for Best of NeoCon and a Chicago Athenaeum Award.
After graduating with a bachelor’s of Architecture degree from the University of Texas with the Highest Honors, Ms. Rottet began her career in San Francisco, where she practiced with the accomplished residential design firm Fisher Friedman Associates. Ms. Rottet relocated to Chicago to join Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and focus on high-rise office design. Her work with SOM took her back to Texas where she was Senior Designer on several major high-rise buildings, museums, and planning projects. When the building boom stopped, Rottet focused her creative energies on interiors and was soon asked by SOM to start an Interiors practice in Los Angeles. After successfully building that practice, Rottet and several SOM partners joined forces to create the architecture and interiors firm, Keating Mann Jernigan Rottet. After expanding from a staff of six to sixty in only four years, the partners joined Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall (DMJM) to further expand their growing practice. Ms. Rottet was Principal-in-Charge of the interiors practice, DMJM Rottet, for fourteen years. In 2008, she left DMJM to form the privately held, WBE-certified, Rottet Studio with a team of architects and designers she has worked with for as many as 25 years.
Ms. Rottet is known for her expertise and leadership in the Design of Office Environments and has created offices for many of the Fortune100 Companies including Goldman Sachs, Disney, and GE as well as the top International Financial Service and Law Firms. In particular, she is cited for her expertise in advancing office design to reflect a current approach based on technology and contemporary methods of working. Years ago, her furniture designs set the standard for the Law Office work wall and she is currently developing furniture to accommodate the new way of working. With over 40 million sf of built office and Law firm experience, Ms. Rottet continues to lead the industry in innovative thinking and design.
Ms. Rottet finds the design of the interior environment particularly challenging and satisfying, combining psychology, theater, art, and architecture with the use of unlimited media. Ms. Rottet is one of the few designers whose work in both Commercial office and Hospitality is celebrated and award-winning. She finds this an asset to her commercial projects as her expertise in hospitality allows her to bring a more dynamic approach to office design. Her distinct design approach, characterized by precise detail and architecturally-driven solutions, reflects her 25 years of professional practice, as well as a commitment to improving the human experience through the built environment.
Background & Realizations
Rottet Studio is an international architecture and design firm with an extensive portfolio of corporate and hospitality projects for the world’s leading companies and brands. In the last decade, Lauren Rottet has built one of the finest interior architecture and design practices in the United States and is currently ranked an Interior Design Giant among both hospitality and corporate firms. The WBE-certified firm boasts more than 40 million square feet of built projects and a vast array of award-winning spaces and furniture designs.
Appropriate design is never predetermined; it is the result of an in-depth process investigating the culture, identity, and goals of the owner and brand. Our experience has revealed that every aspect of this process is important to achieving a strong design concept. A strong concept, with a clear focus on the big picture, establishes a set of criteria around which decisions are made and priorities are set. Each project is viewed in its entirety, followed by a concentration on details. Our responsibility is to exceed the client’s goals and expectations by creating a concept that improves functionality, efficiency, flexibility, and productivity, without sacrificing design integrity. Brand culture and identity should be expressed in all aspects of the design. Today, more than ever, design is dictated by a variety of business and aesthetic concerns: identity, culture, attitudes, fashion, and financial performance. Thus, a good design is one that complements a brand’s image, addresses operational efficiency, and accommodates future changes.
In the last decade, Founder Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA has developed Rottet Studio into one of the finest interior design practices in the United States, which is consistently ranked among the corporate and hospitality Top 100 Design Giants by Interior Design magazine and was recently recognized as one of the Top 3 Most Admired Design Firms in the World.
Rottet Studio is known in the marketplace as innovators, not followers. Reflecting a desire to improve the human experience through the built environment, Rottet Studio provides innovative architectural solutions characterized by precise detail and direct response to the client’s goals.
Rottet Furniture Collection
The Rottet Furniture Collection reflects her embrace of sleek lines and contemporary furniture shapes interspersed with traditional materials, such as rattan and wood. The Cubist line includes tables with origami-inspired folded edges and crumpled, faceted planes, while the Montauk Grayline is inspired by Rottet’s midcentury Long Island abode designed by George Nelson, with acrylic bases contrasting against the solid tabletops and chair shells to give them the illusion of floating. It’s not Rottet’s first foray into residential product design – the Evaneau sofa she designed for her own home has been a best-seller for 20 years – but it’s her largest collection to date.
The Most Iconic Projects
The St. Regis Aspen Resort Aspen, CO 189 Keys The St. Regis Aspen Resort retained Rottet Studio to conceptualize a quintessential mountain manner similar to what John Jacob Astor, the visionary behind the St. Regis brand, would have designed during the Gilded Age for the seasoned traveler. The Resort is the contemporary version of a Gilded Age mountainside manor which provides an uncompromising base for arbiters of fine food and wine, connoisseurs of culture, and adventure seekers. The $40 million interior and exterior renovation represents the new standard of luxury design in Aspen and holds true to the style and elegance of the St. Regis brand. The design is a unique blend of historic luxury and tradition with the unpredictable addition of contemporary art and attitude, underscored by clever furnishings and accessories. The deliberate design and structural updates speak to the sensibilities of Aspen residents and guests.
Interesting Facts about Lauren Rottet
Before she was a design-world darling, Lauren Rottet’s early dreams of success were to be driven to work in a limousine. As it happened, she was just a few years out of college and working as an architect in Chicago when she learned that her landlord worked in the same building that she did and rode in every morning in a limo. Rottet convinced him to let her ride along each day. “I couldn’t afford to eat, but there I was, riding to work in a limo,” said Rottet with a laugh.
Lauren Rottet is a certified architect and designer who possesses rare energy. She remembers only one time in her childhood complaining of boredom to her mother. Her mother’s response: “How can you be bored when there’s everything in the world to do, go out in the yard and dig a hole?” It was all it took to for Rottet to realize that there was always something to keep her occupied.
Since then, Rottet has been on a blazing course to success. She has received the Designer of the Year award, has become the first woman to ever be both a fellow of the American Institute of Architecture (FAIA) and a fellow of the International Interior Design Association (FIIDA), and she owns the international architecture and design firm rotten Studio.
Rottet Studio has offices in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Shanghai. They are best known for their corporate office design, but they are making a name for themselves by designing hotels.
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