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Rosewood Residence Breaks Ground

Construction has begun on our latest Mar Vista residence.  Seated in a quiet cul-de-sac, this will be home for the family who has chosen to stay in the neighborhood they love so much.  We are please to see the number of our clients who are electing to build and stay in their communities.

Rendering of Street View

Rendering of Street View

Digging the foundation.


  • DEX + Dwell = LA Home Tours 2016

    We are pleased to be a part of Dwell’s home tours this year. The always-popular Dwell Home Tour takes place over three days and will allow attendees to explore the pages of the magazine. Dwell Home Tours allow design seekers to immerse themselves dwellhometoursin “Dwell-like” domestic spaces.

    DEX Studio designed the Keeshen property to highlight warm, modern design with indoor-outdoor living for a small family with Midwestern roots. To accomplish this, DEX re-oriented the overall layout and added a second story to the original non-descript, single-story home. Using the firm’s signature visual language of texture and natural materials, the home has open, but idiosyncratic feel that stimulates the senses.


  • Long Anticipated CHARCOAL Venice is Now Open!



    CONGRATS to distinguished Chef Josiah Citrin on his latest Dex Designed Los Angeles-based restaurant, Charcoal Venice, located at 425 Washington Boulevard.

    Citrin’s Vision

    Citrin has a history with DEX that reaches back to 2008 when the studio took on the high-stakes remodel of Citrin’s most well-known (and Michelin 2 Star Award winning) restaurant, Melisse, in Santa Monica.  Working to give the traditional restaurant a fresh, modern feel, Melisse remains one the consistently high-ranking restaurants in Southern California.  As Citrin began to conceptualize next restaurant in 2013, he sought a strong departure from the classical leanings of French cuisine in favor of a more casual dining experience elevated by open-fire cooking.  Citrin brought DEX’s principle, Glen Bell, into the process early on so he could fully vet the design and dining experience before construction began.

    DEX’s Approach:

    Inspired by the elevated, but everyday offerings on the menu, DEX jumped at the opportunity to craft an experience in 3400 square foot space that is both refined and comfortable.  This sort of honesty in design translates into all levels of the restaurant, starting with the overall openness of the kitchen, bar, and dining areas and carrying through to the smallest of the details, some of which are so unassuming that may only register on a subconscious level as part of the experience.

    When guests first walk into the restaurant, the immediately notice that DEX strategically laid out the space so that no mater where the diners are seated–be it the bar, communal table, booths, or free-standing dining tables–they have a view directly into the inner workings of the Kitchen.  This casual atmosphere creates a direct connection to the food and makes the entire space like one giant and very approachable chef’s table.

    Noteworthy Design Features Include:

    -A saw-tooth ceiling (inspired by flame tamers on a  grill) opens the space up and allows direct views into the Bar and Kitchen area.  The ceiling is clad in acoustic material painted in a gradated effect that opens in bright and warm white (like charcoal itself when lit) and terminates in a deep, rich Bordeaux color that makes the space feel cozy and intimate.

    -The dominant material palette consists of polished and ground concrete, brass and iron in metal applications, hearty woods like hickory, oak, and walnut in millwork, and porcelain and ceramic tile in natural glazes.

    -A strong visual texture is created by combination of materials, most notable notably at the Bar, which showcases an offset grid pattern of tile mixed with walnut shelves framed by iron rod supports.

    -DEX designed custom light fixtures in iron and brass that feature flexible, swing arm lamps.  The lights were fabricated by from One Forty-Three.

    -DEX designed custom walnut tabletops that feature individually routed patterns inspired by abstracted grill marks.

    -Furniture includes softer touches like the LaClasica dining chairs in black to ground the space and tan upholstered booth seating to add warmth.

    -The bathrooms showcase a graphic tile pattern, angled walls, large mirror, and LED-accent lighting that create an M.C. Escher-like effect.

    -There is an abundance of visual texture, but in each instance that texture maintains a tailored finish and feel (examples include polished concrete floors that still show aggregate, wood counter and tabletops with deep cathedraling that remains soft and smooth to the touch).

    Lasting Impressions:

    Charcoal’s overall design is meant to compliment Citrin’s food, and not overshadow it.  With a refined and honest approach to the space, the hope is that whether guests notice each element or simply enjoy the experience as a whole, they will leave ready to return.

  • DEX Designs Eighth SugarFISH Restaurant in Hollywood






    If you happen to be in Hollywood be sure to check out DEX’s eighth SugarFISH restaurant.  Located in the historic Colombia Square building on the corner of Sunset and Gower, this SugarFISH location features DEX’s signature styling with exposed brick accents and perforated open truss ceiling.  While the chainlet with the cult-like following will keep the standing menu intact, expect this location to attract a neighborhood crowd that no longer needs to travel to West Hollywood or Downtown to satisfy their sushi craving.

    See the full gallery here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.962849280440348.1073741834.120948177963800&type=1&l=86f1ec9761



  • Under Construction in Hollywood!

    Hudson Render


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    DEX has teamed up with RD Green Development to design their five-story residential project, Hudson Lofts.  Framing is under way as continue to push toward the Fall 2016 opening date.  Check back for updates as progress continues!
  • Happy Holidays!



    Here’s to a holiday season filled with enough gingerbread houses built to fill up your neighborhood block!

  • Come See DEX at Dwell!

    Glen returns to the stage as a presenter this Friday afternoon at Dwell on Design!  Check out his bio here, and then come cheer him on as he discusses his nominated project, Badmaash, on the GE Monogram Innovation stage.  Here are all the important details for the event:

    Behind Great Restaurant Design: Meet the 2014 AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards Finalists 
    3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    LA Convention Center
    GE Monogram Innovation Stage

    Here is a sneak peak of Glen’s Dwell presenter’s page!

  • DEX Is Nominated for AIA’s 2014 People’s Choice Award


    DEX is thrilled to announce that their design for Badmaash has been selected by AIA’s Restaurant Design Awards as one of the finalists the People’s Choice Award.  Every vote counts, so please click here and show Badmaash a little bit of DEX-love!

    Glen will be speaking his design at this year’s Dwell on Design Conference, located at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as part of the RDA Finalist Panel Discussion on Friday June 20th, at 3:30 pm.

    The winners in the Jury and People’s Choice Awards categories will be announced the day after on Saturday June 21, 3 pm at the RDA Awards Ceremony (also at Dwell on Design, LA Convention Center).

    We invite you all to come be part of this fun and exciting weekend and show your support for DEX and Badmaash!

    Check out the full gallery of Badmaash images here, and get Downtown to enjoy their Badass Chicken Tikka and #HotSpicyIndianSauge before we gobble it all up!

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