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Celebrating World Interiors Day

Airport Tour 2

This past Saturday, May 30, was World Interiors Day, a day to educate others about the influence design has on daily life. The event is headed by the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) and has been adopted by ASID as a day to urge designers to share how they give back to the communities they serve.

With that in mind, we’d like to share our community involvement. Each year, we participate in the ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s Spruce Up. The Spruce Up allows individuals or businesses to hire an ASID interior designer for one or two hours at a special rate, with all the proceeds benefitting ASID’s educational efforts. This project allows community members to learn what interior designers do and obtain consultation from highly qualified interior designers that they might not have otherwise been able to afford. Due to high demand, Kayla helped three and Carolin helped four Spruce Up clients.

Furthermore, our active membership in the ASID Washington Metro Chapter has led to our continued support of the ASID Foundation. The ASID Foundation’s mission is to “support endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships and education.” The Foundation accomplishes this through numerous programs, all of which can be read about here.

We most recently supported the foundation with ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s benefit: a tour of the Washington Reagan National Airport last Friday. Naturally we were excited to support the Foundation, but just as excited to get a tour of our region’s busiest airport! The tour was centered on the 30 pieces of art commissioned specially for the airport and the integration of the city’s landscape into its design. The group photo seen above is of “Foliated Trellis”, a piece by Kent Bloomer and located in Ticketing Level South.

What’s funny is that as we were touring the airport, we actually ran into two of our clients and Carolin’s close friends on their way out of town! It’s always great to run into our wonderful clients and friends, even if we didn’t get to take a trip ourselves!

The Design Exchange Team

American Craft Council 2015: Frank Seckler Gallery

As spring nears, we look forward to gaining inspiration from the unique handcrafted pieces at the American Craft Council show. We pride ourselves on incorporating distinctive details into our designs and especially enjoy supporting American artists when possible, so attending the ACC show has become an annual tradition of ours to scout one-of-a-kind pieces for our projects.  Last Wednesday, the entire Design Exchange team attended the wholesale show opening day in Baltimore.

We had to deviate from our original plans a bit, thanks to the snow the DC area had received the day before, but we weren’t going to miss the ACC show, so we made it work! We started the day at an early morning appointment in Alexandria, followed by a visit to the Washington Design Center for research before finally making the trek to Baltimore. Irina, Carolin, and I were very excited to see what was new at the show this year.

The first change was that the show had been moved to a different part of the convention center, which took a bit of wandering to finally find! Once we found it though, we were ready! We started walking through the booths, looking for the home accessories area, when we stumbled upon a booth that just wowed us.

Frank Seckler Booth

Frank Seckler’s booth (Frank Seckler Gallery) caught all of our eyes. Our first impression of the booth was from the side, which was adorned by three mirrors (as seen in the picture above). As we rounded the entrance, we saw that the mirrors were just the tip of the iceberg. The booth displayed accent tables, coffee tables, console tables, and other art. Carolin immediately struck up a conversation with the artist, Frank, who showed us his portfolio, which included quite a few additional furniture pieces, mirror shapes, and assorted custom projects! Frank’s gallery is located in Taos, New Mexico and he specializes in metal.

Here are just a few pieces from Frank’s booth that caught our attention.

Frank Seckler Table 1

Frank Seckler Table 2

Frank Seckler Table 3

 

Let us know if you’re interested in learning more about Frank’s work or if you’d like to incorporate one of his pieces into a project of your own.

Kayla

 

 

 

Kayla Elected to ASID Washington Metro Chapter Board!

I’m excited to announce that I was recently elected to the ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s Board as Communications Director, beginning in October!

The role includes overseeing the chapter’s newsletter, website, public relations/media outreach, directories, and other internal and external communications. What I’m most looking forward to is another opportunity to give back to the chapter since it has served me well so far in my career.

Since Carolin is my mentor, when she suggested I get involved in the chapter upon graduation, naturally I followed her advice. She served as the chapter president in the past and speaks highly of the opportunities it provided her during the start of her career, as well as now.

I credit much of where I am today in my career to the education, support, and network of resources I’ve gained from my involvement in the chapter. After serving as co-chair of the chapter’s Emerging Professionals committee for a year and a half, I am eager for this next opportunity to serve the chapter.

Kayla

Design Exchange is on Pinterest!

So many of us use Pinterest in our daily lives, but not many of us truly know who is behind this phenomenal site. My eyes were opened last week during an education course on Pinterest and the Architecture/Design Community offered by our local Gunlocke/HBF showroom in DC.

Pinterest was created by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp. Evan was studying architecture at the time, but began working with Ben and Paul on a site that would allow a pin board format for users to show collections of things. Originally it was thought to be a great resource for the design community, which it is, but it’s so much more. I don’t think the founders or most of the public ever thought that it would grow to what it is today. So how do you use Pinterest? Work, family, cooking tips?

Kayla

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