The H&D Design 100

 

1. Bath Time
Graceful simplicity characterizes Stone Forest’s hand-carved Papillon stone bathtubs, available in Carrara marble (pictured), silver travertine, black granite or limestone. www.stoneforest.com

2. Heavenly Mirror
Washington designer Thomas Pheasant’s Constellation Mirror for Baker, with its delicate starburst motif, has become a ubiquitous accessory on the local—and national—design scene. www.kohlerinteriors.com

3. To The Letter
With its simple yet innovative design, the ebonized-walnut Z Side Table from Hellman-Chang boasts smoothly beveled supports crossing between a sturdy top and base. www.hellman-chang.com

4. Fun in the Sun

Kravetsoleil fabrics, made with colorful Sunbrella acrylic yarns, take stylish, high-quality textiles outdoors. They are resistant to fading, mildew and stains. www.kravet.com

5. Take a Seat
Philippe Starck’s Victoria Ghost Chairs for Kartell offer classic lines in a contemporary polycarbonate. Available in three matte and seven transparent colors at Apartment Zero, DC. www.kartell.com

6. Bella Italia

Italian furniture company Poltrona Frau introduced the square-shaped, modular Quadra sofa to its clean-lined, modern collection. Designed by Pierluigi Cerri, it’s available in 90 shades of Italian leather. www.frauwashington.com

7. Plateau in DC
With a curvilinear limestone façade that might have been carved by wind and water, the National Museum of the American Indian (2004) uniquely reflects the native cultures it celebrates. www.nmai.si.edu

8. Counter Culture
Sleek glass countertops from ThinkGlass offer an organic, maintenance-free alternative to stone. Single, seamless pieces can be cut, textured or infused with color to order. www.thinkglass.com

9. Au Naturel
Architectural panels by 3form embed organic materials, from delicate grasses to thin-cut bamboo rings, between sheets of Varia ecoresin—a 100-percent recycled material. www.3-form.com

10. Historic Revival
Once a lively vaudeville house, Baltimore’s dilapidated Hippodrome Theatre appeared doomed—until a restoration in 2004. Now it’s been revived as part of The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. www.francemerrickpac.com

11. The Art of Sound
Designed by Ross Lovegrove for British manufacturer KEF, the Muon speakers combine superior acoustics with innovative design. Molded from heated sheets of aluminum, they resemble modern sculpture. www.kef.com

12. Wood Works
The bold, contemporary Vita Dining Chair from Thos. Moser uses a suspension design that mimics the human form at rest. Available in a variety of fabrics and hand-stitched leather. www.thosmoser.com

13. Dupont Debut
Adamstein & Demetriou Architects recently overhauled Dupont Circle’s Jury Washington Hotel. The transformation included a new name—the Dupont Hotel—and a sleek, modern lobby.  www.doylecollection.com

14. Mirror Images
MB Quart’s HiddenReflections vanishing television screen appears in the bathroom mirror when the LCD, hi-definition TV is activated. When it’s off, it reverts to mirror status. www.mbqent.com

15. English Classic
Farrow & Ball’s elegant Silvergate Collection updates early-19th-century English damask wallpapers with vivid new colorways. They are block-printed using zero-VOC paints. www.farrow-ball.com

16. A Hip Square
Combining classicism with comfort, Edward Ferrell’s Boulevard Ottoman is upholstered in plush, pumpkin-hued velvet fabric, tufted on top and punctuated on the sides by a Greek key motif. www.ef-lm.com

17. Water Ways
The Karbon Articulating Kitchen Faucet from Kohler allows you to use both your hands in the kitchen. Its five moveable joints lock into position, controlling water flow while you work. At Ferguson. www.kohler.com

18. Home Brew

Miele introduced the first built-in espresso/cappuccino system ten years ago and has been improving on the concept ever since. The system is available at ADU, Ferguson and Reico. www.miele.com.

19. Tile Trends
Porcelanosa creates innovative porcelain tiles that mimic other surfaces, from stone and metal to damask. Pictured is Ruggine Caldera, a sleek, semi-metallic wall tile with a copper-like sheen. www.porcelanosa-usa.com

20. Curtain Call
The award-winning Music Center at Strathmore (2005) has not only brought renowned performers to the Maryland suburbs, it has also raised the design bar on a thoroughfare known for urban sprawl. A vaulted atrium leads into the acoustically correct concert hall. William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc., theater designers Theatre Project Consultants and associate architects Grimm & Parker collaborated on the 1,976-seat space. www.strathmore.org