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20 Years of Great Design: Local Treasures


DARRYL CARTER  “In this age of ‘instant,’ the home should remain a bastion of tranquility,” opines prolific DC designer Darryl Carter (above, left), who curates a collection of antiques and current-day finds in his eponymous boutique in Shaw. Carter’s creations for Milling Road include (above, right) the Lynbrook Lamp, the Wayne Dining Chair and the Recamier. darrylcarter.com; bakerfurniture.com



BARRY DIXON  In addition to residences he’s designed for clients around the globe, Barry Dixon (pictured in his Warrenton, Virginia, home), has imparted his distinctive style to lighting, fabric and furniture collections. Dixon’s eye-catching creations (clockwise from top, left) include the Foliage Mirror and Egg Drop Pendant for Arteriors; the Albemarle chair for Tomlinson; and Cappadocia wovens for Vervain. barrydixon.com

BILLET COLLINS  The artists at this decorative-painting studio in Darnestown, Maryland, work their magic on myriad surfaces, from murals and millwork to furniture and textiles. Principals Barbara Billet and daughters Amy Collins Matthews and Kellie Collins Hodges (right) faux-painted a space by Vivi Interiors (top, left) and hand-painted a tea set and napkins for a pantry by Aidan Design (above, left) in two area show houses. billetcollins.com  Photo: Angie Seckinger; Portrait: Bob Narod 

DAVID EDWARD  David Edward works with designers and craftspeople to create transitional and modern seating and occasional pieces. Artisans at workshops in Baltimore (above, right) and York, Pennsylvania, produce the company’s handcrafted, sustainable furniture designs. The Luna Lounge seating collection (above, left) was designed by architect Roger Crowley with sculptural, curved arms and solid metal legs in polished nickel. davidedward.com

GRETCHEN EVERETT  After launching her company in 1999, Gretchen Everett (above, right) has become a go-to, to-the-trade source for couture-level drapery and upholstery. Artisans work on hand-sewn creations (above, left) in her Silver Spring workroom; Everett and her team also craft custom tables and one-of-a-kind drapery hardware (top, left) fashioned from chunky acrylic and brass. gretcheneverett.com  Photo: Bob Narod

GUTIERREZ STUDIOS  Founded in 1991, Gutierrez Studios designs and manufactures wood-and-metal furniture and architectural elements in its 20,000-square-foot Baltimore workshop. Among its creations, clockwise from top, left: Frusta side tables, sold as a pair with opposing angular steel bases; a floating staircase of glass, steel and wood, custom-designed for a project by Purple Cherry Architects, Interior Concepts and Pyramid Builders; and a hot-rolled steel Red Star Stool. gutierrezstudios.com  Photo: David Burroughs 


IATESTA STUDIO  Conceived in 2001 by craftsman David Iatesta, the company makes furniture, lighting and accessories that put a current twist on 18th- and 19th-century styles. Though the Annapolis workshop changed hands in 2014, it still employs Old World furniture-building traditions (above, left) to create pieces such as the Monolith Dining Table, Brunswick Sideboard and Layne Bench ( all above, right). davidiatesta.com Photo: Steve Buchanan


NIERMANN WEEKS  Launched in 1978, this family-owned company reinterprets classic forms for today’s lifestyles. Artisans in Niermann Weeks’ Millersville, Maryland, studio handcraft an array of furniture, lighting and accessories, frequently customizing them for interior designers and architects. Creations ranging from the Tissage Dining Table to the Iron & Crystal Chandelier  are available in 500 hand-applied finishes. niermannweeks.com


SALVATIONS  Helmed for 30 years by founder Barry Remley (left), Salvations Architectural Furnishings creates iron furniture and architectural elements at forges in Virginia, then hand-finishes them in a 3,000-square-foot Silver Spring studio. Salvations’ iron occasional tables (top, left) are topped with painted-concrete; Remley collaborated with designer Joe Ireland on beds for a waterfront project (above, right). salvationsaf.com  Portrait: Bob Narod; Photo: Angie Seckinger 


THOMAS PHEASANT  Celebrated DC designer Thomas Pheasant first teamed with Baker Furniture 15 years ago to develop a line of elegant, understated furniture and lighting, The Thomas Pheasant Collection. His latest line, which debuted in 2018, includes the mahogany-and-brass Vendome Dining Table, Cuff Dining Chairs and Swag Lantern (all pictured left). On view at Baker in Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley. thomaspheasant.com; bakerfurniture.com

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