Santa Barbara, often referred to as the American Riviera, is a stretch of diverse coastline situated between the Santa Ynez mountains and vast Pacific Ocean. Ideal for everything outdoors Santa Barbara provides a constant source of inspiration to all its community members.


At STEL, we encourage our creatives to take advantage of all that Santa Barbara has to offer. By exercising our hobbies and practicing active lifestyles in the most beautiful of environments, we are able to approach problems with focus and purpose to develop practical, meaningful designs.


Situated in an industrial business park, STEL is surrounded by all kinds of creators and makers. Working closely with machine shops, fabricators, and other creatives, the community allows us to collaborate to take our designs to higher levels. Home to our designers and engineers, the STEL studio is minutes away from both beach and mountains.


Brilliant ideas aren’t developed and finalized by the individual. It takes a team diverse in knowledge and specialty to take a design, critically assess, and collaborate to improve it. At STEL, that process happens continually; from sketch to model to prototype, we’re constantly engaged in constructive discourse both internally and externally to deliver the best design possible.


Promoting design freedom and expression is essential to individual employee satisfaction. Just as important is a healthy company culture that encourages team building and quality of life. STEL encourages its members to enjoy what they love doing. Whether it’s rock climbing, mountain biking, running, riding, or playing beach volleyball, we think it’s important to take advantage of everything we have here in our backyard.