The studio was established in 1991 by Renée Cooley and in the following year Emily Monato joined her. By 2000, the firm changed its name to Cooley Monato Studio (CoMoS) and gained a reputation for integrating lighting within architectural details in award-winning projects such as Takashimaya Cosmetics and Bergdorf Goodman, both located in New York City.
CoMoS’s domestic and international portfolio reflects a richly diverse range of experience from residential to retail and hospitality. Although projects of all types remain active in the studio, notable ongoing work includes Michael Kors, Chanel and new concept designs for a number of hotels and condominiums.
More recently, prestigious lighting awards have recognized Barneys New York Downtown Flagship, NBCUniversal Lobby and Mezzanine Restoration at Rockefeller Center, the Waldorf-Astoria Park Avenue Lobby and Entry, 1436 in Beijing China, and the Mall of America.
CoMoS employs exceptionally talented designers – from five different countries – many of whom studied under one of the principals at the Parsons Graduate Lighting Program. CoMoS is a woman-owned business and participates in the NYSERDA Small Commercial Lighting (Energy Smart) Program, and continues to conduct lighting seminars and lectures on lighting both academically and to the industry.