Nestor Santa-Cruz unveils his new lobby at the Washington Design Center
Visitors to the Washington Design Center have a treat in store for them as they arrive in its lobby, freshly revamped by designer Nestor Santa-Cruz and architect Pedro Aguirre. A member of the Washington Design Center’s Hall of Fame, Santa-Cruz unveiled the new lobby at a special reception on April 19th.
Just as he would do in a client’s home, Santa-Cruz embellished the space with a carefully edited mix of objects and furniture that evokes comfort, sophisticated style and a sense of luxury. Inspired by a recent trip to Coco Chanel’s preserved Paris apartment, he paid homage to its iconic symbolism, Louis XV furniture, leather-bound books and chinoiserie.
Santa-Cruz decorated the space with furnishings from the Washington Design Center showrooms. A crystal Crillon chandelier and mirrored Sevigne screen from Niermann Weeks make a bold statement. Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath paint envelops the space in elegant gray. The “library” wall is covered in wallpaper from Cole & Sons through Lee Jofa.
During the opening reception, the Washington Design Center also recognized three young, up-and-coming designers, each of whom received the WDC’s Ones to Watch award: Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors; Samantha Friedman of Samantha Friedman Interior Designs; and Christine Philp of Palindrome Design.
For more information on the Washington Design Center, visit http://www.dcdesigncenter.com/index.cfm —Sharon Jaffe Dan