Envy Lounge

CompanyHootan & Associates Design Studio
Lead DesignerHootan Hamedani
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Prize(s)3rd Place in Interior Design / Commercial
Entry Description

Hootan & Associates Design Studio designed Envy Lounge, located in the heart of Newport Beach, in 2016. Designer group got inspired by the setting of 1920s in the United States: Speakeasies, which were the hidden sections of an establishment that were used to illegally sell alcoholic beverages in Prohibition Era. Therefore, the brief of the project was simple: to create a fun, chic, and evocative space that wake memories of the past.
While Envy Lounge got enthused by the ambiance of 1920’s, it did not try to replicate the clubs of that period of time. Innovative techniques and materials were enhanced to make this space suitable for the current time being. Indeed, this place opens a dialogue between past and present, it is a lounge where old and new meet each other. It is full of memories yet unique and incomparable.


Hootan was born in 1972 and started painting at the age of twelve, and Six years later, He found his way to the School of Architecture and graduated in Architecture in 1998. Hootan’s Inspiration in Art not only effected in every aspect of his life and design, but also lead him to distribute it by start teaching in university when he was 21. After 8 years, he was known as a “outstanding professor of Architecture” in Tehran. Hootan moved to United States in 2002 and continued his abilities in Design by establishing his firm “Hootan & Associates".
His Company, Hootan & Associates Design Studio, is specialized in restaurant and hospitality design and was awarded internationally many times in Italy and England and also recognized as the "Best Bar & Restaurant Designer" in the world in 2015.

1998, Architecture, MS (6 years), Beheshti University, TEHRAN/IRAN
2002, Registered Licensed Architect in "ICEO": Iranian Construction Engineers Organization.
Certified LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED® AP)
Registered Design Professional, "Licensed Interior Designer" in the State of California, (CID)