It has been quite some time in the making, but Wednesday the 12th of November was the day of the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the new location of the Washington Design Center. For those that may not be aware, the Design Center was previously located in the SW section of the city and is now located at Franklin Court in the heart of downtown D.C. in the business district at 14th and L St NW, two blocks south of the McPherson Square Metro Station. Unfortunately I had another engagement to attend that evening so I was not able to stay and witness the actual ribbon cutting which was performed by Mayor Vincent Gray.
From noon until 8:30 that evening there were a host of events and receptions scheduled by the various showrooms including two author presentations and book signings hosted by Lee Jofa and Stark Carpets respectively that I had the opportunity to attend (maybe something I’ll post about in the future). The building is an absolutely elegant and sophisticated structure which was designed by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox and has a LEED Gold designation. It includes a multi-level lobby, sweeping staircase, dramatic water elements a two story glass atrium and luxe granite and marble finishes worthy of a class A commercial establishment. In addition to the Lee Jofa showroom shown above, below is a short visual tour of some of the showroom vignettes that I was able to capture with my smartphone.
Schumacher Iconic Leopard Wallpaper
Schumacher 125th Anniversary Collection
That’s all for now ladies and gents. Without question the latest in fine home interior design furnishings and fabrics available to the trade can be found in Franklin Court’s three floors of showrooms that are guaranteed to offer a selection of custom design elements and investment pieces that will provide any home interior design project that special wow factor.