20 Years of Great Design: Events

WEARABLE ART  In 2006, the Smithsonian Women’s Committee orchestrated its first Craft2Wear Show—and now more than 70 artisans display handmade, one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry and accessories at this annual event. Pictured: a 2017 creation by Janice Kissinger. The 2019 show takes place October 3 to 5; proceeds support Smithsonian outreach, research and education programs.  smithsoniancraft2wear.org.


DC DESIGN HOUSE  A celebrated highlight of the design scene from 2008 to 2017, the annual DC Design House showcased the work of local talent as participating teams transformed an area residence from drab to fab. Pictured, left to right: a stylish library by Lorna Gross Interiors (2017) and a garden pavilion by Sroka Design (2015). During its 10-year run, the event raised more than $2 million for Children’s National. Photo: Angie Seckinger 


DREAM HOUSE  The former Washington Design Center hosted its own show houses, which ran annually through 2012. During these much-anticipated events, local designers tapped the Center’s vendors for furnishings, rugs, lighting and accessories to decorate their spaces. Pictured, an “al fresco” bath in the Spring 2005 show house. Designed by Barbara Hawthorn, the luxurious space featured fiber-optic lighting and a 2,000-pound Stone Forest tub surrounded by a screen and planters by Niermann Weeks. Photo: Gordon Beall