It’s so great when you meet someone in the course of doing business who becomes a really great personal friend in the course of life. Jeff Akseizer of Akseizer Design Group is one of these people.
I met Jeff after I called him last year to ask if he would design a room in the Washington Design Center’s DreamHome for 2012. I only knew him by reputation, and boy, did he live up to it with this “Mad Men” influenced lounge, which he outfitted along with ADG senior designer Jamie Brown:
So many designers (God bless them!), can be, well, divas in this line of work. Not Jeff, nor Jamie. They are totally low maintenance, get-it-done-without-drama kind of people. And they are so nice!
They are also incredibly talented. They do a lot of commercial work, as you can see here with the model units in The Henry condos in Alexandria:
One of the reasons I’m so impressed with their work is that they are so good at integrating technology into design. Their DreamHome room, for example, is outfitted with a Control4 network that operates the lighting, stereo, and television. A motion sensor detects when someone walks in, and the entire room comes alive with music and “North by Northwest” playing silently on the screen.
He’s done the same thing in their brand-new office on Powhatan Street in Alexandria, and the surroundings (as much as I could capture with my dumb BlackBerry) would inspire anyone to do great design:
Jeff was one of a handfull of up and coming “DC Design Stars” profiled in Washington Life last year, and for good reason — here he is in his own gorgeous home in Arlington:
Jeff’s not even CLOSE to 40 years old — that means, of course, he’s got so much great design to do in the many decades to come. No doubt we will be hearing a lot more from him, especially now that he and his design staff work in such an inspirational space!