A treat is in store for visitors to The Washington Design Center this fall: the Halls of Fame 2010 Design House, a collection of eight stylish rooms created by members of the Center’s Hall of Fame. Located in a newly completed space on the fifth floor of the building, it is blessed with natural light—as opposed to its former venue in the Center’s subterranean concourse level.
A few common threads unify the designers’ innovative spaces: creativity, a touch of the unexpected and a generous dose of glamour. Their vignettes, which showcase products offered in Design Center showrooms, are sure to enlighten design buffs of all persuasions.
Inspired by a Park Avenue home, Kelley Proxmire’s Foyer contrasts black-and-white motifs with bright turquoise accents. Michael Roberson imagined a Garden Room with furnishings covered in crisp whites and a montage of botanical photographs taken in her own backyard.
The Living Room by David Herchik and Richard Looman of JDS Designs mingles modern and retro pieces with edgy art and exotic textures. Victor Shargai’s elegant Dining Room was designed to evoke a 20th-century British mystery novel, while Frank Babb Randolph’s Portico mixes antiques and handcrafted pieces to create a classically styled gathering place.
French decorator Madeleine Castaing was a muse for Nestor Santa-Cruz, who honed in on her dazzling blue shades and combined them with art and accessories to make the Study a personalized space.
Olvia Demetriou’s Master Bedroom boasts sleek modern furnishings and a minimalist bath while the Family Room by Rita St. Clair represents a multi-functional space designed for a well-traveled client.
The Design House is open Monday through Saturday until December 4. Visit www.dcdesigncenter.com.