Los Angeles architectural firm DEX Studio is pleased to announce a recent partnership with Stanley’s Wet Goods, a wine, beer and spirits retail environment in Culver City, California, where customers linger to interact with the space vis-à-vis a tasting bar. Stanley’s Wet Goods was meticulously designed by DEX with owner Glen Bell at the helm, further demonstrating his distinctive approach to architectural design.
Founded on the belief that the magic of Mother Nature enhances the most important moments of life with friends and family, Stanley's Wet Goods was specifically designed to serve as a communal space for like-minded drinkers with a suitable background of the varied products, each with their own personality.
The thrust of the design came with the need for artfully storing and displaying the varying bottles. The retail space uses the high ceiling concept to emphasize the divided shelving used for storage and display, while playful lighting fixtures hang from the ceiling to bring the focus to the milled retail islands. A low graphic wood ceiling wraps from the exterior to provide an intimate atmosphere for the tasting area. Timber wood planks, stone and steel were also used to contrast the rich graphic nature of the retail products and bring more elemental aspects that ground the experience where customers will want to gather.
“It was a pleasure working with a client who had a clear sense for his concept and the trust in us to meet his challenges,” shares Glen Bell. "With Stanley’s, we sought to create a space that felt familiar, yet unexpected. The idea was to strike a balance between serving John’s practical needs and stimulating the customer’s senses. The design became a focus on materials and craftsmanship that, like many of the products he sells, become better with age.”