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high design: sparc marijuana dispensary.

October 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Photo taken from The New York Times.

Excuse the title’s pun, it happened totally by accident, but then I liked it, so it stayed. Moving on.

The San Francisco Patient and Resource Center could very well be the tipping point for the future of marijuana dispensaries. And that’s exactly what founder Erich Pearson wants. Pearson had been growing medical marijuana for years. So when he decided to open his own business, and he wanted to do it in a way that changed the industry’s model. For Pearson, that started with the architecture and design, the most apparent way of showing the world the validity of medical marijuana dispensaries.

He hired Larissa Sand of Sand Studios, who toured area dispensaries to get a feel for the business. In addition to realizing the strength of the community, she also noticed that its attention to aesthetics was virtually nonexistent. And so, using Twin Peaks Tavern (a Gay bar in San Francisco’s castro that stakes claim to being the first Gay bar with clear windows as opposed to blacked out windows) as inspiration, she went about designing a modern, minimal space that both the owner and designer believe will help further the legitimacy of  the cause.

 Read the article “Splendor in the Grass”

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Posted by: kimberly phillips · Tags: architecture · design · interiors · trends

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Al // Oct 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    The store looks chic.I am more interested in the fact that they can sell 1/8 ths for $25.00/$35.00

    When I was young,we would share.Money was not the driving force.

    Sounds like sparc remembers when people just liked to help each other,and some would profit,just not in an obscene way.

    Cheers to the folks at sparcs!