The 2012 DreamHome Debuts at The Washington Design Center

Eight stylish rooms are inspired by nation’s young craft artists

The 2012 DreamHome opening to the public today at the Washington Design Center is a feast for the eyes that spotlights the work of eight “emerging” interior designers. Full of innovative ideas and unexpected solutions, this iteration of the Center’s annual show house is sure to recharge the batteries of even the most jaded design aficionados.

The office by Shanon Munn, AMBI Design Studio.

Each designer was asked to create a room inspired by a work featured in the exhibition “40 Under 40: Craft Futures,” opening this summer at the Renwick Gallery. Their completed rooms are decorated primarily with furnishings, fabric and accessories from the Design Center’s many high-end showrooms.

Designer Shanon Munn of AMBI Design Studio interpreted Christy Oakes’s Crane Chair—a wall-art piece containing the fold lines of a crane fashioned in origami. Playing off the strong diagonal patterns in the work, Munn created an office that is “feminine but powerful” [think Vera Wang]. Leather-wrapped panels surrounding the EcoSmart fireplace and a custom rug fabricated by Stark convey a strong sense of geometry, while a wall of sheer drapery adds a soft touch.

The living room by Scott Cooke, Scott Cooke Design.

The complete list of designers includes:

Modern Study: Miriam Dillon, Barnes Vanze Architects
Bedroom: William McGovern, McGovern Design Studio
Dining Room: Catherine Hailey, Hailey Design
Modern Lounge: Jeff Akseizer, Akseizer Design Group
Breakfast Room: Christine Philp, Palindrome Design
Drawing Room: Kori Keyser, Keyser Interiors
Living Room: Scott Cooke, Scott Cooke Design
Office: Shanon Munn, Ambi Design Studio

The 2012 DreamHome will remain open through November 30. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; admission is free. The Washington Design Center is located at 300 D Street, SW, near the Federal Center SW Metrorail station on the blue and orange lines. For more information, visit or call 202-646-6100. —Sharon Jaffe Dan, HOME & DESIGN Magazine

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