Ever wonder what the most powerful leaders, business execs and celebrities keep on their desks? Well, we’re about to tell you. Our biweekly “What’s on My Desk” feature will take a look inside the offices and at the desks of the world’s most influential power players.
This week we’ve featured Stephen Francis Jones, an architect who is best known for for his local restaurant designs such as Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, MB Post in Manhattan Beach, Toscanova in Calabasas, Simmzy’s in Long Beach; posh Bui Sushi Bar in Malibu;the sophisticated Grill on the Alley Westlake; developer Rick Caruso’s Amici Trattoria at Americana in Glendale, The Whisper Lounge at The Grove; the Rainbow Junyuan Plaza, a five-level retail in Kunming, China; and Greenleaf on 17th Street in Costa Mesa, and, most recently, Santa Monica’s Del Frisco’s Grille and Redwood Grille. Jones’ company, SFJones Architects, now in its 17th year of operation, is renowned among Los Angeles architecture firms for designing spectacular entertainment and dining destinations that radiate fresh, balanced aesthetics, making bold statements for national and international companies. “When people go out to dinner, their expectation is to have a stimulating sensual experience involving taste, ambiance and social interaction. My objective is to make the visual experience as delicious as the food,” says Jones, who adds, “Designing a restaurant is like designing a sports car. You might have a sleek looking body that needs a big engine and has to perform at top speed all the time. How do I keep it sexy? How do I keep it running well? How do I keep it adequate to the task of satisfying customers?” Here is a look at the items on Jones’ desk.
- Nairobi Java House coffee cup which is the restaurants that I am doing in Kenya
- Brouwerji West bottle of beer which is the new brewery that we are doing in San Pedro
- La Brea Bakery loaf of bread which is the new restaurant re- branding that we are doing on 6th Street.