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Stephen Francis Jones' Designs Suggests Thinking Little is the Next Big Thing
His other recent projects run the gamut: restoring the classic Ashley residence (built 1908) in Coronado; developing the Foundry and Lux business campus at Oyster Cove; rebuilding homes destroyed by fire in Santa Rosa; and creating new spaces for clients ranging from medical collectives to legendary restauranteurs. Whatever the project, Jones brings thirty years of experience and success, making him well-prepared for the challenges of the future.
His assignments are all reflections of the ways in which Jones is evolving his business from mere architecture and design to "placemaking"
Even though the term might be new, the idea behind placemaking has always been at the heart of Jones' work, including his most high-profile accomplishments. Whether you are talking about his first "tiny" project, Li'l Simzy's at the Point in El Segundo; the innovative El Camp office complex (also in El Segundo); Wolfgang Puck's signature restaurant Spago in Beverly Hills; farm-to-table landmark MB Post in Manhattan Beach; the flagship location for La Brea Bakery; the Lucky Strike Bowling chain; Japan's Mister Donut franchise; or the Java House chain in Africa, Jones' designs are more than just places to eat – they are highly crafted social spaces where relationships are formed, collegial and familial bonds are reinforced, and communities are built.