This is the second location of Stereoscope Coffee whose first location at Buena Park has earned the business of coffee connoisseurs who love the distinctive varieties that CEO and co-founder Leif An roasts at the company’s roaster/lab in Los Angeles Art District.In Newport Beach, Orange County, California, a 672 square-foot (62 square-metre) café on the ground floor of a six-storey office .They don’t let their smallness shrink their ambitions.The narrow, L-shaped space that the office building owners, Texas-based Granite Properties, had dedicated for the new coffee shop was at first glance a difficult proposition. Both ends of the L were open with one facing the building entrance and the other connecting to the exterior courtyard.
考虑到这一点，他们找来了总部位于洛杉矶的Wick Architecture and Design首席设计师兼首席设计师David Wick，来帮助店家进行空间设计。他被咖啡厅空间的极简风格和15英尺的层高所吸引。
With that in mind they approached David Wick, principal and head designer at Los Angeles-based Wick Architecture and Design to help Stereoscope with the space design.Stereoscope’s minimalist style and especially the intriguing, 15-foot height of the space.
From their trips to Italy, they remembered the high-ceilinged cathedrals with amazing 3D frescoes, and in the end, decided to make the ceiling of the new Stereoscope its main attraction. They contacted Hawaii-born artist Christy Lee Rogers known for her underwater Renaissance and Baroque-style photography. They arranged for licensing her piece, The Reunion of Cathryn Carrie and Jean, and then transferring it to 3D.
After a highly complicated process of transfer, printing, cutting and installation, the end result is a printed-vinyl-covered ceiling that bleeds down to the walls by fading gradually to white at eight-foot height. The 3D-projection was adapted and adjusted so that even those patrons who did not wish to wear the 3D glassed provided at the café, would still have a beautiful work of art to view.
The rest of the space design accommodated the art without trying to compete with it. Blue-tone marble, bone-hued tiles and rows of Astro Globe lighting, provide additional subtle nods to Italian design. Light oak benches and shelving echo the warm tones of the artwork. The overall impression is grand, open and inviting. Not a hint of timidity in sight.
Item name: Stereoscope Coffee
Project address: Newport Beach, Orange County, California 92660
Firm: Wake Architectural Design
Photographer: Benny Chan.