Tuesday, March 27, 2012

2012 Dream Home Premiere Party

dreamhome2­Washington Design Center’s
2012 Dream Home Premiere Party
Vibrant artwork, rich wallpapers, bright hues, and classic lines with an urban edge all came together at the premier party for the 2012 Dream Home at the Washington Design Center. Eight Designers created their ultimate living space using inspiration derived from craft artisans featured in the 40 under 40 exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.
The evening, sponsored by DC Magazine and benefitting the Renwick Gallery’s 40 under 40 acquisitions fund, was filled with great food, great cocktails and wonderful company. As we perused the many designer rooms a few of my favorites stood out. These include the Modern Lounge, the Office, Modern Study and of course the Bedroom. 

For the modern lounge, designer Jeff Akseizer and Jamie Brown of the Akseizer Design Group created a “mad men” atmosphere based on Shawn Smith’s piece, “Between 1 and 0, 2011.” Working from the pixilated fire piece created from 1 cm cubes, Jeff and Jamie, “felt the space needed to be paired with an era where ideas were sparked over cultural change with an explosive amount of creativity.” This creativity was unleashed with the use of a custom acrylic piano that anchors, yet does not weigh down, the open and airy streetscape viewed from the wall of windows.

Elsewhere in the room, shades of steel, gray and black are lit up with pops of white and red with the use of lacquered boxes, chic seashell sculptures and modern pillows. Behind the luxurious Bolier and Co. sofa, the designers used modern graphic wallpaper that mimics the railroad tracks viewed outside the windows. And the addition of gray nail head ottomans continues the theme.    

Next up was the office, where only the most elegantly dressed gentleman would conduct his business. Shanon Munn designed this modern and bold office space using Christy Oates piece, “Crane Chair” as inspiration. This inlaid wall art piece that transforms into a functional chair, is “designed in the spirit of orgami, where a flat medium becomes a dimensional object.” In that spirit, Ms. Munn used strong diagonal patterns in the custom Stark carpet, and angular patterns on the fireplace. The strong, geometric burnished gold Hines & Co. coffee table continues this theme. Her use of creams, dark browns, and wood grain only enhance the masculine feel of the room.

The modern study, created by designer Miriam Dillon, was inspired by Sabrina Gschwandtner’s piece, “Hula Hoop.” This square patterned textile constructed of 16 mm film strips sewn together with polyamide thread brings together the tradition of quilting with modern world textiles. Ms. Dillon’s room reflects this as the room offers a sense of drama and tranquility at the same time, with the dark subtle walls being the perfect backdrop to the orange upholstered R. Jones sofa.

The final room that caught this particular Dandy’s attention was the dramatic bedroom created by designer, William McGovern. Based on Stephanie Liner’s, “Momentos of a Doomed Construct,” Mr. McGovern was “inspired by the artist’s notion of the constrained psyche and the tension between the masculine and femine, architecture and fashion, the contemporary and the classical.” This aesthetic was most evident in the red lacquered French poster bed that inhabits the room. This dramatic bed is set off by the glitzy metallic wall covering and window coverings of white silk with black floral embroidery. Combined with the 18th century statuary marble mantelpiece, mirrored vanity table and decadent flowered vase this dark and glam bedroom reveals the “tension” between the masculine and feminine.”

If you’re looking for home décor inspiration and in Washington, DC, make sure you visit the 2012 Dream Home at the Washington Design Center. The exhibit is open now until November 30 .
Washington Design Center, 300 D St. SW, Washington DC

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