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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

 

 

 

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

Resources, Relationships, Results

Remember when the 3 R’s were reading, riting and rithmetic? In today’s world we learn in business – as well as in friendships – that the three mentioned up top are just as important. Problems can occur when they are least expected and without the established relationships, they may not be easily solved.

Over many years our firm has searched out and found excellent resources for furnishings for our clients’ projects. We support them and they support us resulting in positive relationships. We are careful about our procedures, checking schedules, and planning carefully. Then sometimes the weather can turn everything upside down! Most of the time, a few days delay in a ship date is fine. Other times, that delay can be quite a problem. A phone call, to the wonderful rep, at the reputable resource and, “they should make the truck” became “The items are flagged as “hot!”. They made the truck, and the planned delivery. Results!

Last week, in a two day period, three reps came by to update our library with the newest fabric and wallpaper samples. They save us time and make sure that we have the best products at our finger tips. That is a benefit to us and it produces excellent results for us and our clients.

These resources, relationships, results lead to the 4th R – mutual Respect!!!

Carolin