Wick Architecture & Design, in partnership with LAND Design Studio, is proud to unveil the unique ambiance of Stereoscope, a branded coffee shop in Newport Beach that is turning heads with its cathedral-like opulence.
The Newport Beach location is the second store opening for Stereoscope Coffee in Orange County and raises the bar on the modern coffee shop experience for the roaster’s sophisticated coffee clientele. Well-received since its opening, the coffee shop is situated on the ground level of a large two-building office complex sharing a common courtyard. The owners, Texas-based Granite Properties, brought in the design team to partner with Stereoscope Coffee as part of a mandate to create a buzz within the building that would resonate with its tenants.
“We were approached to assist Stereoscope Coffee in creating a ground floor amenity that would not only provide a service but which would also generate excitement,” explains David Wick, principal and lead designer of Wick Architecture & Design. “The client wanted something that had never been done before, and we believe that we have given them exactly that.”
Armed with a work of art and a clear vision, Wick and Lindley studied the path to achieving their goal from hundreds of different perspectives. Would it be black and white, or in color, and would the image flow down the wall, or graduate?
“After extensive study, at the end of the day we felt that the strongest interpretation would require the use of color on the ceiling,” explains Andrew Lindley, principal and lead designer of LAND Design Studio. “We also chose to gradate the image downward to have it seamlessly fade into the white of the walls.”
In contrast to the boldness of the cathedral-like ceiling, Wick and Lindley chose materials within a warm, modern palette to ground Stereoscope’s interior to its natural concrete floors. White oak bench seating wraps around the L-shaped space, accentuated by a 6-inch ledge for convenient storing of personal items. Visible from both entrances, blue orca marble by Wink Design Source infuses movement and texture into the cut stone coffee bar’s minimalist composition, while bone-white matte tiles line the back of the service counter to provide a very warm and blended texture.
Finally, above the bench seating, shelving for 20 pairs of 3D glasses provides access to the full visual grandeur of the artwork above, completing the space’s avant-garde experience. “This project is a prime example of how interior design can transport a vision beyond the confines of the space that it occupies,” says David Wick. “We’re proud to have pushed the boundaries of traditional design to deliver something truly distinct and remarkable for our client.”