Thomas Schoos

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Thomas Schoos (born October 29, 1967) is a German-American interior designer. Born and raised in Neuerburg, Germany, Schoos currently resides in West Hollywood, California, near his design firm, Schoos Design. [1] The Schoos Design brand was founded in 1996.

Neuerburg Place in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Neuerburg is a city in the district of Bitburg-Prüm, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

California U.S. state in the United States

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.6 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second-most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth-most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.


Schoos’s work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times , Los Angeles Times , Architectural Digest , People , Food & Wine , GQ , Los Angeles and Angeleno magazines, Vogue and InStyle .[ citation needed ]

<i>The New York Times</i> Daily broadsheet newspaper based in New York City

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<i>Los Angeles Times</i> Daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California

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<i>Architectural Digest</i> magazine

Architectural Digest is an American monthly magazine founded in 1920. Its principal subject is interior design and landscaping, rather than pure external architecture. The magazine is published by Condé Nast, which also publishes international editions of Architectural Digest in China, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Mexico, and Latin America.


Schoos' career began as an artist in Cologne, Germany where he apprenticed for three years as a stonemason. This is also where he made his first entry into commercial design, designing and painting scenery for fashion shows and exhibits. In 1995, Schoos moved to Los Angeles, California where he opened his own studio/boutique with business partner Michael Berman, developing a celebrity clientele. Schoos continued exploring and branching out into new areas such as landscape and interior design. In 1997, he designed a home for Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, which was soon followed by more residential projects for celebrities like Ashlee Simpson, Courteney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Tommy Motolla and Jessica Simpson.

Schoos' first breakthrough commercial project was TAO Asian Bistro in Manhattan, completed in 2000, which at the time was the largest Asian restaurant in New York City. In 2001, he designed Koi Restaurant in Los Angeles which became a Hollywood hot-spot, with numerous photos in the press of celebrities entering and leaving. In 2003, Schoos and Berman designed, opened and operated their own restaurant, O-Bar, located next to the Schoos Design offices on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA. O-Bar won Angeleno Magazine's Design of the Year Award for 2004. Two more Los Angeles restaurants were designed by Schoos in 2005: Citizen Smith in Hollywood and The Wilshire in L.A.

In 2005, Schoos was tapped to design Tao Las Vegas for the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Tao Las Vegas became the highest grossing restaurant/nightclub in the U.S. Soon after, Schoos designed Tao Beach Nightclub, a poolside venue that is an extension of the original Tao Las Vegas. Later, in 2007, Schoos designed the Luxor Casino redesign, including Tender Steakhouse and LAX Nightclub. Based on the popularity of Schoos' work in Las Vegas, Vegas magazine called him one of the "Men Who Make Nightclub Magic."

The first major hotel project by Schoos was the redesign of the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, including the lobby, guestrooms and penthouse restaurant. The project won Hospitality Design magazine's Design Award for hotels in 2006, with the penthouse restaurant winning in the restaurant category in 2007. The hotel and penthouse were also featured in Architectural Digest and numerous other periodicals. Other hotel projects have included Hotel Frank and The Vertigo Hotel in San Francisco.

In recent years, Schoos has teamed with several celebrity chefs who have achieved fame on TV competition programs, opening a number of new restaurants in California and around the world. First, in 2010, Schoos partnered with multiple Iron Chef winner Masaharu Morimoto to design Morimoto Napa in Napa Valley, California and Morimoto Waikiki in the Modern Honolulu Hotel in Hawaii. In 2011, Schoos designed Morimoto Mexico City, which was a finalist for the Hospitality Design Award for Fine Dining. Schoos has also partnered with Top Chef contestant Brian Malarkey to design several restaurants, including Searsucker Restaurant in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, CA. which was voted by readers as the second most popular restaurant in the U.S. Two other Searsucker restaurants followed in Del Mar, CA and Austin, Texas. Malarkey and Schoos have also collaborated on two restaurants called Herringbone, one in La Jolla, CA and the other on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Herringbone La Jolla won an Orchid Award from the San Diego Architectural Foundation in 2012 for Best Interior Design. The same year, Herringbone was nominated along with Figue Restaurant in La Quinta, CA (another design by Schoos) for a Gold Key Award for Best Restaurant - Fine Dining, representing two of the three finalists in the field.

In 2012, Schoos' designs became increasingly international, with a new restaurant in Mumbai, India called Ellipsis, two George restaurants in Beijing, China and Taiwan, and portions of the Hotel Eclat in the Parkview Green complex in Beijing. Meanwhile, Schoos' designs have been particularly popular in the San Diego area, where, in addition to his previous three restaurants, Schoos added Puesto, a Mexican "street food" restaurant in the Headquarters complex, and Bottega Americano, an Italian restaurant and food market in the Thomas Jefferson Law School building, both in 2014. Puesto has been nominated for another Gold Key Award for Schoos Design, with the winner to be announced in November 2014. In May 2014, Schoos opened a new beach-themed cafe in his own city of West Hollywood, CA called Beach Nation, a new brand that he helped invent and co-owns.


Bottega Americano, San Diego, CABeach Nation Cafe, West Hollywood, CA
Herringbone Restaurant, Los Angeles, CAHerringbone Restaurant, La Jolla, CA
Puesto Restaurant, San Diego, CAMorimoto Mexico City Restaurant, Mexico
Morimoto Napa Restaurant, Napa, CAMorimoto Waikiki, Honolulu, HI
Searsucker Restaurant, San Diego, CASearsucker Restaurant, Del Mar, CA
Searsucker Restaurant, Austin, TXEllipsis Restaurant, Mumbai, India
Figue Restaurant, La Quinta, CADuplex Restaurant, Beverly Hills, CA
Tao Asian Bistro, New York City, NYTao Las Vegas Restaurant/Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV
Tao Beach Nightclub, Las Vegas, NVKoi Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA
Huntley Hotel, Santa Monica, CAPenthouse Restaurant at the Huntley Hotel, Santa Monica, CA
Hotel Frank, San Francisco, CAThe Vertigo Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Luxor Hotel Redesign, Las Vegas, NVLAX Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV
Tender Steakhouse, Las Vegas, NVO-Bar Restaurant, West Hollywood, CA
Citizen Smith Restaurant, Los Angeles, CAWilshire Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA
Table 8 Restaurant, Los Angeles, CASol Restaurant, Newport Beach, CA

Additionally, residences designed by Schoos include the homes of celebrities Ashlee Simpson, Courteney Cox, Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Tommy Mottola, and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Ashlee Simpson American singer, actress, dancer

Ashlee Nicolle Ross is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. The younger sister of singer and actress Jessica Simpson, she began her career as a back-up dancer for her sister and appeared in television commercials at the age of 15. She later pursued a career as an actress and had a recurring role on the family drama 7th Heaven. Her breakout came following her appearance on the reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, broadcast on MTV between 2003 and 2005, which focused on Ashlee's older sister Jessica and Jessica's then-husband Nick Lachey. While working on her debut studio album, Simpson became the star of a spin-off reality series, The Ashlee Simpson Show, which was broadcast on MTV between 2004 and 2005. Like her sister before her, Simpson became the center of considerable media attention, much of which focused on her relationship with musician Ryan Cabrera.

Courteney Cox American actress

Courteney Bass Cox is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror series Scream, and Jules Cobb in the ABC/TBS sitcom Cougar Town, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination. Cox also starred in the FX series Dirt. She owns a production company, called Coquette Productions, which was created by Cox and her then-husband David Arquette. Cox also worked as a director on her sitcom Cougar Town and the television film Talhotblond.

Jessica Simpson American singer-songwriter and actress

Jessica Ann Johnson is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. Simpson signed a recording contract with Columbia Records at age sixteen, and released her debut studio album Sweet Kisses in 1999. It sold over four million copies worldwide, and spawned the top three song "I Wanna Love You Forever" (1999). Hoping to achieve further success with her second album, Simpson adopted a more mature image for the release of Irresistible (2001). The album's title track, which served as the lead single, became her second top twenty entry on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Simpson married singer Nick Lachey on October 26, 2002 after four years of dating. The couple starred in the reality television series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica (2003–2005) on MTV, chronicling their marriage and careers. The show became a pop culture phenomenon and made Simpson and her husband household names. The marriage did not last, however, and by November 2005 Simpson and Lachey confirmed they were separating; Simpson filed for divorce the following month citing irreconcilable differences.


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