Showrooms are OPEN at the New DC Design Center

The transition is in full swing between the old and the new, and many showrooms are already open for business at the NEW design center at 1099 14th Street NW:

entrance

I got my first chance to go there a couple weeks ago, and it was so exciting to see new space, new windows, new light—and tons of new energy permeate the place. So I’m going to share a few photos with you, along with the most pertinent information — who is open and where — down below.

In the meantime, SAVE THE DATE for the big opening party on Nov. 12. 

I caught David Herchik, one of the city's best designers, already shopping in the Hines showroom.

I caught David Herchik, one of the city’s top designers, already shopping in the Hines showroom.

 

The lighting display at Hines is ready to go. They are still setting up displays of their furniture lines, which will include Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman for the first time.

The lighting display at Hines is nearly ready to go. They are still setting up displays of their furniture lines, which will include Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman for the first time.

 

It's a breath of fresh air at AmericanEye.

It’s a breath of fresh air at AmericanEye.

 

Crushing on these colorful vases in the Brown Jordan outdoor furnishing display (and not to be missed when you go: The Brown Jordan outdoor kitchen!)

Crushing on these colorful vases in the Brown Jordan outdoor furnishing display (and not to be missed when you go: The Brown Jordan outdoor kitchen!)

 

A quietly elegant moment in the Michael-Cleary showroom, which will carry Hickory Chair and Pearson furniture for the first time.

A quietly elegant moment in the Michael-Cleary showroom, which will carry Hickory Chair and Pearson furniture for the first time. (I ADORE that accent table!)

 

Cool lighting display at Michael-Cleary.

Cool lighting display at Michael-Cleary.

 

Accessories and accents stacked at Michael-Cleary

Accessories and accents stacked at Michael-Cleary

 

New to the design center: Doris Leslie Blau rugs. No more commuting to NYC for this gorgeous collection.

New to the design center: Doris Leslie Blau rugs. No more commuting to NYC for this gorgeous collection.

 

Stacked neutrals at Doris Leslie Blau.

Stacked neutrals at Doris Leslie Blau.

 

Kevin Fusting at Galleria Rugs -- this designer go-to will carry on in the new design center, in a lighter, brighter space.

Showroom owner Kevin Fusting at Galleria Carpets & Rugs — this designer go-to will was one of the original showrooms in the old design center, and they’ll carry on in the new one with a lighter, brighter space.

 

With so many colors and patterns at Galleria, this showroom is like a candy store.

With so many colors and patterns at Galleria, this showroom is like a candy store.

 

The best part about the new design center? The rooftop! I can't WAIT for the parties to be held up here.

The best part about the new design center? The rooftop! I can’t WAIT for the parties to be held up here.

 

The rooftop pergola

The rooftop pergola

Now for the stuff you need to know:

  • The design center occupies floors 2, 3 and 4
  • To access the showrooms currently, you’ll need someone from the property management office in the lobby to show you up. The office is just to the right of the security desk. As soon as all the construction is complete (they estimate early October), those floors will become fully accessible.
  • Parking is in the garage on the L Street side of the building.
  • While construction is ongoing, Scalamandre occupies space on the Concourse Level. Once it’s done, they’ll move up to their permanent space at suite 210.
  • Holly Hunt will eventually occupy two levels, with a street-side entrance and stairs to the second floor. They will first move into the existing Armed Forces Recruiting office on the street level by Nov. 1, and then begin phase two of construction linking the two floors.
  • Official signage goes up on the building’s exterior by Sep. 30.

Here’s a directory of showrooms and where you can find them. Showrooms in RED indicate they are already open.

  • First Floor:
    • Holly Hunt
  • Second Floor:
    • Holly Hunt
    • J. Lambeth & Co./ Niermann Weeks 
    • Fabricut @ J. Lambeth
    • Scalamandre (now, temporarily, on Concourse Level)
    • Kravet/ Lee Jofa/ Brunschwig & Fils (opening Monday, Sep. 15)
    • Romo Fabrics
    • Century Furniture
  • Third Floor:
    • Michael-Cleary
    • Schumacher/ Patterson Flynn & Martin
    • Doris Leslie Blau 
    • Osborne & Little
    • Cowtan & Tout
    • AmericanEye/ Brown Jordan
    • Galleria Carpets & Rugs 
  • Fourth Floor
    • Hines & Company/ Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman
    • Stark Carpet
    • Holland & Sherry/ J. Asher Carpet Couture
    • Pindler
    • Robert Allen
    • Duralee
    • Arc | Com

I hope this helps as you navigate your way from the government-agency jungle in Southwest to the much more urbane neighborhood near Franklin Square in Northwest. The staff in the property management office are WONDERFUL — they are really excited the design center is arriving and are eager to help. Visit soon!

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the updates! The showrooms look amazing with all the windows and day light! I am looking forward to the official opening and a party on the rooftop!

  2. Thanks so much for this post! It looks beautiful and I can’t wait until the official grand opening party.

  3. Looks amazing. Love that there’s natural light and the roof top is such bonus!

  4. Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks so much for this! I have to say that its been a little confusing in terms of knowing who is open and who isnt yet so this was very helpful. Needless to say, I am very excited about the new showrooms. I had a sneak peak myself last week and was delighted to see the progress.

    Best,

    Michael

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