Much of the success of Dean Larkin Design as a commercial architect firm working with clients can be credited to the team-like approach he uses in the office. Rather than taking a more traditional and hierarchical approach, Larkin says he runs a democratic office, where he and his team collaborate to produce the best designs for the client’s commercial needs.
While Larkin and his close-knit team have developed a successful design process, they are not immune to the daily challenges that come with balancing the wants of a client with the architectural vision of Larkin and his team. According to Larkin, the level of his clients’ sophistication has steadily increased over the last 10 years; and, he has found that his high-end clients are more passionate and appreciative of quality design, as well as more honed demands. Larkin said that rather than see his client’s needs as a challenge, he takes them on as opportunities to diversify his commercial architect firm in Los Angeles portfolio and raise the bar for his firm –helping it evolve into what it has become today.
Vivienne Westwood Opens Her First L.A. Boutique
An example of this was Larkin and his team’s design for the first Vivienne Westwood boutique in the U.S. located in West Hollywood. Larkin evolved his aesthetic for the famously irreverent British fashion designer and incorporated his signature indoor/outdoor design concept.
A review from the store’s opening captures the zeitgeist of both the event and the store. “After almost a year of speculation and waiting for the doors to open, fashion’s high priestess of punk has finally opened up her first boutique in West Hollywood and the rad space and gorgeous interiors as beautiful as her remarkable clothing. Housing her Anglomania, Red Label, Red Carpet, and Man collections as well as books, jewelry, and shoes, the store is the perfect one-stop emporium for all things Viv. We can only imagine that every stylist, starlet, and fashion-aficionado in town will be raving about this hot new boutique so make sure you stop by soon to see what the buzz is all about.”