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Interior Design Services - Furniture

The entrance to the Robert Allen showroom.

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Interior Design Services - Design

The new Doris Leslie Blau showroom.

Shelf - Interior Design Services
Shelf - Interior Design Services

Schumacher's showroom.

Holly Hunt - Vince Gray
Holly Hunt - Vince Gray

Mayor Vincent Gray cuts the ribbon at the opening event.

Interior Design Services - Bedroom
Interior Design Services - Bedroom

A bedroom vignette in the Holly Hunt showroom.

Holly Hunt - Vince Gray
Holly Hunt - Vince Gray

Barry Dixon and stylist Donna Dorsch in Fabricut.

Holly Hunt - Noami DeVore Interiors
Holly Hunt - Noami DeVore Interiors

Thomas Pheasant in the Stark showroom with Sora DeVore and Noami DeVore.

Interior Design Services - Design
Interior Design Services - Design

The Beacon Hill showroom in the new Washington Design Center.

Grand Opening

The Washington Design Center’s official debut marks a new era

Grand Opening First, rumors swirled. Then there was uncertainty. Then waiting and more waiting. As the former Washington Design Center building in Southwest began its transition into the future home of the Museum of the Bible and showrooms began to shutter, local designers have left to source their projects in a setting that was uninspiring, to say the least.

All that has changed now that the Design Center has officially opened in the gleaming, LEED Gold-certified Franklin Court building at 14th and L Streets, NW. On November 12, champagne flowed as the 23 showrooms now occupying the building’s light-filled second, third and fourth floors marked the Center’s launch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Throngs of designers turned out for the event, which included presentations, product debuts and book signings by artist Hunt Slonem and designers Barry Dixon and Thomas Pheasant. Even Mayor Vincent Gray made an appearance to cut the ribbon.

There was much to celebrate. “The opening of the new Washington Design Center, in the ‘center’ of downtown Washington heralds a new era for our local design community,” said Barry Dixon. “A long overdue shot in the arm for architects and designers, the bright, sun-lit halls of possibility are a beacon for creative minds for miles around—and a bona fide cosmic shift for our industry.”

While purchases are still mostly to the trade, consumers are welcome to browse the Center’s showrooms for inspiration. Guests should check in at Franklin Court’s management office in the lobby to receive a daily visitor badge. Open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, the Washington Design Center is located at 1099 14th Street, NW. designcenterdc.com 

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