The Office of Thierry W Despont, Ltd. is a design firm that specializes in luxury residential work, hotels and retail, as well as museum projects and historical restorations. With offices in New York, the firm has a staff of some 40 architects and decorators, and has acquired an outstanding reputation as a leading interior design and architecture firm with an exclusive clientele in North America and Europe. Mr. Despont was Associate Architect for the Centennial Restoration of the Statue of Liberty and has completed the restoration of Clayton, the Frick family mansion in Pittsburgh. The Office of Thierry W Despont, Ltd. designed the Decorative Arts galleries of the new J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and in collaboration with Richard Meier, was responsible for the interior design of the museum's sculpture and painting galleries. The firm designed the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue on East 63rd Street in New York. Retail projects have included the recent renovation of the Cartier Mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York, the Ralph Lauren store on Bond Street in London, as well as stores for Harry Winston and Chopard. The firm has created numerous private residences in Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain and all across the United States and the Bahamas. The Office of Thierry W Despont, Ltd. has also completed several very high-end hotel projects. Among them is the recently completed, total renovation of the Hotel Ritz in Paris. Other hotel projects include Claridge’s in London, the Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London; the Divan Hotel in Istanbul; the Carlyle and the Chatwal in New York.