Category Archives: Client

Robin Kent Captures the Beauty in Antarctica

Robin Kent continues to travel the world and capture the life and beauty of each locale with his amazing photography. Last Tuesday evening, he shared his latest adventure in Antarctica with an audience of fans and photographers at the Cherrydale Branch Library in Arlington. He explained how he shoots a number of shots of the same landscape and then merges them together into one, broad image. He spoke not only of the scenery and the timing of the photos, but also of how he planned for the trip.

He shared an image of the cameras, lenses, batteries, etc. that made it into the bag at fifteen pounds – the maximum carry-on weight. He followed with an image of his wife Laurie’s photography equipment – her cell phone!

Check out his Antarctica portfolio. Two of our favorite images are 1) the mountains and 2) the whale fin in full view. (We also enjoyed Laurie’s video of the lively and talkative penguins.) His photos will be on exhibit until November 2nd.

A wonderful presentation, a wonderful couple. And they are wonderful clients as well!

The Design Exchange Team

Vendor Spotlight: Marblex, Winner of Three 2014 NARI Contractor of the Year Awards!

Design Exchange, Inc. has collaborated with Marblex for client projects for over 25 years, almost since Marblex’s inception in 1987. It’s easy to see why. In addition to providing high quality natural stone and quartz products, their team is extremely knowledgeable, very gracious, and always willing to go the extra mile for us and our clients.

We always enjoy working with them and visiting their beautiful showroom in Fairfax that features a digital production facility right on the premises with state-of-the-art equipment. As a family-owned business, we marvel that we can never tell which employees are related and which are not. They all seem like family!

Naturally, we were delighted to learn this week that Marblex won three Contractor of the Year Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for 2014! No surprise!  Just last week, one of our clients stopped by our office and raved again about the Marblex team’s expertise and coordination from selection to fabrication to installation of the beautiful kitchen counters.

Marblex’s award-winning designs can be seen here. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Marblex and seeing what’s to come from them in 2015!

The Design Exchange Team

Congratulations and Applause

It is imperative to us that the furnishings we provide for our clients are excellent quality and beautiful. We rely on our vendors for top notch service, fresh, innovative design, and protection of the environment. There are still family owned and operated businesses that are high on our list. It is no surprise that one of these manufacturers, Century Furniture, is once again on the list of Pinnacle Awards Finalists.

This is the 19th year of the American Society of Furniture Designers annual competition. Finalists were announced during the Las Vegas Market and the winners will be presented with their awards on October 20th during the High Point Furniture Market.
Century is a finalist in FOUR categories:

– Major Collections: Mesa Collection by Chris Bergelin and Thad Bergelin

Mesa Collection

– Occasional Tables: Links Cocktail Table by Pride Sasser

Links Cocktail Table

– Stationary Upholstery: Beaufort Bamboo Chair & Ottoman by Charlotte Moss

Beaufort Bamboo Chair & Ottoman

– Lighting: Parisian Table Lamp by Pride Sasser, Grand Tour Collection

Parisian Table Lamp

I wonder if those Century finalists will arrive at the brand new Century Showroom due to open on October 1st in Washington, DC!

Carvers’ Guild, a favorite for mirrors, is also a finalist.
– Tempo 1 Contemporary Collection, by Carol Canner

Tempo I

 

 Carolin

PS I am looking forward to my visit to the High Point Furniture Market to see all the newest and best. October 18-23

Trip Down Memory Lane with Favorite Clients

“Isn’t it Ironic?” to quote Alanis Morissette – or at least a coincidence – that clients from the past, who moved to Florida eleven years ago, called our studio in Northern Virginia with a question just two weeks before Kayla and I were heading to Florida on another client project? We were able to answer the question by phone and email, but that did not stop us from scheduling a dinner together during our trip.

We met at a wonderful restaurant in the beautiful city of St. Augustine about half way between their location and ours. Even more delightful was the time spent together. Conversation and laughter began the minute they entered the room and continued for over two hours. It was an evening with best friends, even for Kayla who has been with our firm for four years and had never met them before. She had heard some of the stories since they are still on our recently revised website but those stories sounded even better coming from the two of them. Kindness, appreciation and humor are gifts for all.

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It was a joy to hear about the favorite “Paris” Chair from William Switzer Ltd. (I can appreciate that. Our living room features a pair of them!) And we were asked to say hello to Wayne and Alex at Soulie’s Interiors, the superb, to the trade workroom, that has fabricated and installed window treatments and bed linens for so many of our clients.

We strive, always, to do what is the ideal for each client. How great to have clients who tell us we did it.

Carolin