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DEX’s Spring Break Blind Date…with LAUREN PARCEL
Join us in getting to know Lauren Parcel! She joined us at the office during a crazy week filled with packing for our office move, jobsite visits across S. CA, and starting a new, very hush-hush restaurant project! Her visit was part of the Spring Break Blind Date program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where architecture students spend the week getting to know what life might be life after school.
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and what lead you to pursue a degree in architecture.
I am a fifth-year architecture student at Cal Poly, and am about to graduate in June! have always enjoyed design — from fashion and graphics to products and interiors, and eventually I decided that architecture could be a good fit, as sort of an all-encompassing study of design. I attended the Cal Poly summer program after junior year of high school, and was completely sold. I’m still loving my choice!
2) What type of projects do you gravitate toward and what inspires your work?
Before I took an interest in Architecture I thought about being a chef. Somewhere along the way I realized that I was more interested in the design of restaurants and eating spaces than the specifics of the food itself (I mostly just like to eat the food). I have continued to find inspiration in the relationship between architecture and the ritual of eating, however, and constantly notice elements of taste sneaking their way into my projects. For my thesis I am finally getting the opportunity to design a full restaurant!
3) What project (inside or outside of the classroom) are you most proud of working on?
I am particularly proud of the coffee table that I made for a school-wide furniture competition last Fall. I found an old access door and used it as a table top that opens to reveal a simple hors d’oeuvres setting. It feels great to have physical evidence of your work, and I think that’s why I found this project so satisfying.
4) You spent the week with us at DEX Studio and living in Venice. How did you find us and/or what caught your eye about our work?
One of the reasons I was so excited about DEX was for your restaurant work. I stumbled across one of the SugarFISH projects while searching the web for thesis inspiration, and was enamored with it’s warm yet contemporary atmosphere. I love the way all of your projects encapsulate that contrast of simple yet detailed and modern yet inviting. It is something I strive for in my work, and DEX does it just beautifully.
5) What were your impressions of Venice and spending time on Abbot Kinney?
At first I was definitely a little intimidated by the “glamour” of L.A. and nonchalant Venice attitude. (I unknowingly found myself at the Whole foods on a warm Sunday night at 9 p.m.) But I quickly grew to enjoy its charm and loved being able to stroll down Abbot Kinney for coffee, half-sandwiches, and window gawking. The community felt surprisingly tight-knit: I ran into the same person three times within the first two days!
6) With graduation inching closer ahead, where do you see yourself in the future? What type of design would you like to pursue?
I am constantly changing my mind about exactly what I want to do and where I want to be, but I am determined to move forward with architecture. I am mostly interested in small-scale projects such as custom homes, restaurants, and retail/commercial, but I’m also intrigued by installations, interior design and real estate development. I recently took a trip to New York with my studio class, and am thinking about making a big move out there. It’s a very hectic yet exciting time for me.
7) Looking around current projects being built and commissioned, what do you think your “dream” project would be and why?
My absolute dream has always been to design AND own restaurants — the idea of being your own client seems almost too good to be true. Seeing as that requires quite a lot of resources and expertise, however, I’m mostly interested in gathering knowledge and experience in the foreseeable future. Another (potentially more realistic) dream would be to design my own house!
SugarFISH La Brea Opened in January…
South La Brea Avenue. Like DEX’s past SugarFISH locations, the La Brea space shares the same warm, hand-crafted atmosphere that has become the chainlet’s signature feel. To open up the small dining area, DEX designed the ceiling to utilize the overall height as fully as possible by running ceiling planks at in variety of directions and angles. DEX chose to keep an existing brick wall from the original space and added an additional feature brick behind the dining bar to enhance the feel.
Adios Abbot Kinney!
we’ve found a new home a touch closer to the beach on Pacific
Avenue. The boxes are (almost) packed, the movers are scheduled, and
look out, we get to design a new space of our very own! We look forward
to welcoming everyone to our the new studio beginning this April.
Spread the DEX Cheer in 2014!
2013 has been a great year for the office and we thank you all for your continued support.
Be sure to be on the look-out for several projects opening in early 2014! We have another SugarFISH under construction on La Brea, an exciting new restaurant/market concept with Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts near completion in Playa del Rey, and a multi-unit residential project set to open in late winter on Palms.
SugarFISH La Brea under Construction in Mid-City
|Framing for ceiling and walls is complete.|
Palms Blvd. Sneak Peak
Congratulations to Zagat Winners: Melisse and SugarFISH
DEX would like to take a moment to congratulate Melisse and SugarFISH! Both were named in the Zagat’s 2014 Los Angeles Restaurant Survey. Angelenos voted DEX-designed Melisse as the winner of “Top Service in LA” describing chef Josiah Citrine’s service as “impeccable.”
Local restaurant-goers also voted in SugarFISH
as “Most Popular in LA”. With DEX-crafted locations stretching from
the West Side to Downtown, the restaurant has been able to share Chef
Nozawa’s “Trust Me” menu across the City.
Congrats to both!
The Best Way to Enjoy the Last Days of Summer…
DEX recently re-imagined the front yard and back yard for a growing family in Mar Vista. To extend the living space in a formerly dark and damp front yard, DEX added a series of staggered concrete pavers, a fire pit, and a half-height wall with an open cut-out into the space. DEX also designed a new front gate made of redwood slats to tie the new elements together. For the backyard, DEX designed a multi-level deck system that includes tiered seating, a built-in table, concealed storage, and a firepit. The deck also houses a hot tub next to the built-in seating area, so the owners have a variety of ways to use the small space. To round out the back, DEX created a BBQ area, featuring a poured-in-place concrete counter and redwood slat cabinets below, as well as a custom wood fence that varies in depth to break up the length stretch of the property. As the summer starts to wan, you can be sure that we will be catching that last few long days of sunshine here!