Makan showcases hand-blown glass lighting and handcrafted furniture.
Victor Sobki designed a wood chaise finished in gold leaf.
Lauren Liess sits before a collection of framed 1940s botanicals in her boutique.
A vignette in Liess's shop includes a brass gazelle's head and a trio of vases.
Regan Billingsley (right) poses with business partner Meaghan McNamara.
The Regan & Meaghan showroom.

Showroom Debuts

Local designers launch stylish shops brimming with one-of-a-kind finds

Showroom Debuts Makan
Interior and lighting designer Zach Sherif brings talent and a seasoned eye to the 2,000-square-foot DC showroom he just opened—a collaborative effort with long-time business partner and architect Victor Sobki. Makan (which means “the place” in Arabic) showcases custom lighting, furniture and textiles as well as antiques and art, and offers the architecture and design services of its owners. The showroom “aligns our design sensibilities and energy,” says Sherif. “It’s eclectic, sort of Mediterranean modern. There’s something here for everyone.” Both Egyptian by birth, Sherif and Sobki maintain a workshop in Cairo where artisans handcraft virtually all their merchandise. The full-service showroom caters to both residential and commercial clients. 411 New York Avenue, NE; 202-271-3836; 

Lauren Liess & Co.
When Lauren Liess was looking for studio space for her interior design firm, she came across a Great Falls location that could house a boutique as well. “I’d always loved the idea of a shop full of my favorite things,” Liess says. “A place where I would be free to play creatively and share my style.” Lauren Liess & Co. offers custom upholstery and curtains, textiles from Liess’s own fabric line, vintage and natural-fiber rugs, artwork, unique accessories and case goods, vintage furnishings, bedding and more. “There aren’t many shops where you can create exactly what you’re looking for,” Liess observes. “It’s the unexpected, one-of-a-kind pieces that make a home feel lived-in and personal.” 776-A Walker Road, Great Falls, Virginia; 571-926-7825; 
Regan & Meaghan
Tucked into the industrial side of Kensington amid art studios and furniture builders, the 2,400-square-foot Regan & Meaghan showroom fits right in. Owned by interior designer Regan Billingsley and furniture rehabber Meaghan McNamara—long-time friends who grew up together—the store is “part office, part boutique and part working studio,” says Billingsley. “We showcase our rehabbed furniture, as well as handmade and found objects that add fun and fresh character to the home.” In addition to furniture, the showroom carries pillows and blankets, lamps, children’s décor, rugs, storage accessories and a rotating collection of artwork. Coming soon: tabletop items plus craft and design classes to be held at the showroom beginning in May. 4216-B Howard Avenue, Kensington, Maryland; 301-512-0547;