Reader's Choices: Stephen Francis Jones

Reader's Choices: Stephen Francis Jones

Design

March 20, 2017

The Editors

Stephen Francis Jones served as in-house architect for the Wolfgang Puck Food Company before launching his firm, SFJones Architects, in 1996. He has designed restaurants, hotels and spas all around the world: Spago and MB Post in California, the retro chain Lucky Strike Lanes, Java House franchises in Kenya, and many others.

One of Jones’ recently completed projects is Foundry & Lux at the 880,000-square-foot office complex Britannia Cove at Oyster Point in San Francisco. The 27,000-square-foot Foundry & Lux houses the community amenities, including artisanal restaurants, recreational and fitness facilities, and other service areas.

Here, he shares with rd+d some of his favorite trends and product applications.

CHAIR SELECTION: Chair selection, in particular the backs since they face every incoming guest, is very important. At La Brea Bakery in Los Angeles, we chose Gervasoni chairs from Italy because they set the tone of the space and reinforced the craftsman look we desired.

1980s yuppie decor is back, but reclaimed barn doors never left

Chrome, fake ferns, mauve...do we really miss the ’80s aesthetic for restaurant interiors? Yes! Tiring of rough-hewn, reclaimed wood and cold, minimalist dining rooms with bare pendant lights, diners could be warming up to places like Fern Bar. Named for the type of restaurant where crowds of yuppies and preppies sidled up to ornate bars with antique lamps and fake ferns, London’s Fern Bar is the best possible kind of throwback because it’s an unexpected reversal from the current era of restaurant design that’s too often starkly minimalist or trying-too-hard rough-hewn hipster.