Artist, designer, developer and entrepreneur, Thomas Schoos has brought his unique brand of creative expression to a wide range of design projects, from distinctive private residences to award-winning hotels and restaurants. Drawing on his roots as a sculptor and painter, Schoos continues to re-imagine and explore the possibilities of art and design, combining styles, textures and influences from many cultures and media to create new experiences that are as vibrant and original as they are successful.
Thomas Schoos was born in Neuerburg, Germany and educated in Düsseldorf. After graduation, the young Schoos apprenticed as a stone sculptor, although painting was his true passion. His early success painting backgrounds for fashion designers convinced him that he should pursue this passion as a career, leading the artist to pursue new opportunities in Los Angeles. Schoos adapted quickly to the city’s artistic diversity and opened his own studio/boutique with business partner Michael Berman. Berman was instrumental in getting Schoos’ talents recognized in the local art scene and Schoos quickly developed a wide following, including celebrities like Sharon Stone and Laurence Fishburne. 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 Ashley Simpson, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Ellen DeGeneres, Tommy Motolla and Jessica Simpson.
From his breakthrough commercial restaurant project TAO Asian Bistro in Manhattan to the celebrity-packed Koi in Los Angeles, Schoos has left his mark on many of the most talked-about restaurants worldwide. In 2003, Schoos and Berman opened O-Bar in West Hollywood, not only designed by Schoos but also owned and operated by the partners. The seductive venue won acclaim for both cuisine and design, earning “Best Restaurant Design” from Angeleno magazine in 2004. In 2006, Schoos transformed Santa Monica’s Huntley Hotel and Penthouse Restaurant into one of L.A.’s most chic and sophisticated boutique hostelries, which was named by Condé Nast Traveler in its 10th Annual “Hot List” of the World’s Top New Hotels, featured in Architectural Digest and named one of the Top Ten New Hotels in the Americas by Tablet 10 Magazine.