Schoos Design Firm

The creative core of the Schoos Group is the Schoos Design firm, an award-winning interior and landscape design firm with numerous highly successful residential and hospitality projects around the world.  Driven by the uniquely creative and exuberant spirit of its founder, Thomas Schoos, each department of Schoos Design, whether the residential, restaurant, hotel, retail, art, branding or products department, strives to make every project a unique and compelling work of art worthy of the personal Schoos touch.  To experience a Schoos-designed space is to discover unseen and unexpected beauty, surprising juxtapositions and joyful touches of whimsy.

As San Francisco Chronicle Restaurant Critic Michael Bauer put it, the design of Morimoto Napa Restaurant is “modern and vibrant… the designers were smart enough to subtly reference its location while maintaining the sleek, urban Japanese sensibility… there’s nothing else like it in Napa.”  Indeed, there’s nothing like a Schoos project anywhere.  Schoos Design’s record of success has led Las Vegas Magazine to name Thomas Schoos one of the “Men who make nightclub magic” and has brought the firm numerous awards, including the “2008 Editors Design Award” from Lodging Hospitality Magazine, the “Stars of Design Award” from the LA Pacific Design Center, and the “Interior Superior Style Award” from Hollywood Life Magazine.  Please see our Schoos Press section for more reviews and articles.

However, the creativity of any Schoos design is always informed by the practical needs of the project.  As owners and/or investors in numerous restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores, Schoos is well aware that the beauty of a space is only part of the story.  A striking restaurant interior is useless if the flow of traffic is obstructed or the food cannot get to the table.  Schoos’ designers work closely with project developers and the technical trades to assure that a project is practical and successful as well as beautiful.

Project Highlights

Some of Schoos Design’s commercial project highlights include:

  • Tao at the Venetian in Las Vegas, the highest grossing restaurant/nightclub in the country every year since it opened in 2006;
  • Four restaurants for celebrity “Iron Chef” Morimoto in Napa Valley, Waikiki, Mexico City and Manhattan;
  • Seven restaurants for celebrity chef Brian Malarkey ("Top Chef" and "The Taste") with more to come;
  • The redesign of the Huntley Hotel and Penthouse Restaurant in Santa Monica, California (featured in Architectural Digest);
  • Hotel Frank near Union Square in San Francisco;  
  • The Vertigo Hotel in San Francisco;
  • Seersucker Restaurant for celebrity chef Brian Malarkey in San Diego, voted by Open Table as the #2 restaurant in the country in 2011;
  • Popular Los Angeles restaurants like Herringbone Santa Monica, Norah, Koi, Duplex, The Villa and Wilshire with more coming soon. 

In addition, the residential division has created soulful and striking living spaces for many Hollywood celebrities like Will Smith, Ashley Simpson, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Ellen DeGeneres and Jessica Simpson.

Some of our more notable works currently in progress include:

  • A new restaurant, brewery and gardens in Berlin, Germany for Stone Brewery, the first American craft brewer to independently own and operate a brewery in Europe;
  • A luxury resort and hotel on an island off the coast of Panama;
  • A boutique hotel in San Diego;
  • Projects in Mumbai, Beijing, London, St. Tropez, Orlando, West Hollywood and New York City.