Shop Like a Pro
Where do interior designers go for furniture, rugs, lamps, antiques, and accessories? Here are more than 40 of their favorite retailers.
By Sherri Dalphonse Published Thursday, March 01, 2007
Good interior designers have an eye for spotting the right chair or rug or lamp. But they also know where to look.
While designers mostly shop at places where the public can’t walk in and buy—such as the showrooms of the Washington Design Center—some of their favorite sources are stores where anyone can shop. We asked the designers listed on pages 102–110 to share some of their haunts.
These are 40 retailers where designers say they often look for furniture, accessories, antiques, and more.
There are many more good places to buy home furnishings, of course. For a list of more than 100 of our favorite stores—everything from bargain haunts to custom furniture makers—go to Washingtonian.com and click on “home & garden” to see the 2006 Great Home Design feature.
Coté Jardin Antiques, 3218 O St., Georgetown; 202-333-3067; cotejardinantiques.com. As the name suggests, this shop specializes in French and Gustavian antiques, including garden furniture and ornaments.
Darrell Dean Antiques & Decorative Arts, 1524 Wisconsin Ave., Georgetown; 202-333-6330; darrelld eanantiques.com. Dean’s quirky knack for mixing proportions, eras, and textures gives his store a grab-bag feel. One day you may find a 19th-century mannequin, the next a 1970s chrome-and-glass coffee table.
Gore Dean, 3338 M St., Georgetown; 202-625-9199; http://www.goredean.com. A top favorite among designers, Gore Dean sells not only high-quality antiques but also gifts, bedding, accessories, and owner Deborah Gore Dean’s line of chairs and sofas
John Rosselli & Associates, 1515 Wisconsin Ave., Georgetown; 202-337-7676; johnrosselliantiques.com. Rosselli opened his first shop in New York 50 years ago, and the Washington branch sells the painted furniture and often-whimsical antiques he’s known for. Designer Lavinia Lemon goes not only for the one-of-a-kind pieces but for “beautiful” fabrics. Thomas Pheasant likes the “wonderful” lighting.
Marston Luce, 1651 Wisconsin Ave., Georgetown; 202-333-6800. Luce’s practiced eye—owing to 30 years of experience—and a sensibility he describes as “humble elegance” have earned him a devoted clientele, some of whom have furnished their second homes in Nantucket with the French and painted Swedish furniture he sells.
Miller & Arney Antiques, 1737 Wisconsin Ave., Georgetown; 202-338-2369; millerarney.com. In business since 1973, Miller & Arney has two floors filled with pristine 19th- and 18th-century sideboards, tea tables, and the kind of serious antiques that appeal to seasoned collectors.
Moss & Company, Oliver Dunn, and Catharine Roberts, 1657 Wisconsin Ave., Georgetown; 202-337-0540. Comprising three names, two floors, and one amazing backyard garden, this shop has everything from topiaries right out of Edward Scissorhands to a taxidermy hawk. Co-owner Jackie Dunn jokingly refers to herself and her two cohorts as “junketeers,” but this shop contains anything but. Designer Frank Babb Randolph says that besides antiques, Moss & Company stocks “wonderful” glassware, linens, and other new items.
Susquehanna Antique Company, 3216 O St., Georgetown; 202-333-1511; susquehannaantiques.com. Founded in 1913 by his grandfather, David Friedman’s Susquehanna Antiques is a repository of 18th- and 19th-century English, American, and Continental furniture. Considered to be the dealer among dealers, Friedman is especially known for a fine collection of large dining tables. Skip Sroka also likes to look here for paintings.
Tone on Tone, 7920 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 240-497-0800; tone-on-tone.com. At this shop, which specializes in Swedish painted furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, designers love the unfussy chests, settees, and day beds, many with distressed finishes. The shop also carries an interesting collection of garden ornaments.
Furniture and More
Adlon, 1028 33rd St., Georgetown; 202-337-0810; adlondesign.com. Designer Sophie Prévost likes Adlon’s minimalist furnishings, from such makers as B&B Italia.
Baker, 3330 M St., Georgetown; 202-342-7080; kohlerinteriors.com. The more than 20,000 square feet of gleaming, high-quality furnishings includes a line of furniture by local design star Thomas Pheasant and Barbara Barry’s sculptural pieces.
Contemporaria, 3303 Cady’s Alley, Georgetown; 202-338-0193; contemporaria.com. The $20,000 sofas mark this as the ultimate source for fine contemporary design. The edgy concrete showroom carries the latest from Italian makers like Cappellini, Minotti, Molteni, and MDF Italia.
Design Within Reach, 3307 Cady’s Alley, Georgetown, 202-339-9480; 1838 Columbia Rd., NW, 202-265-5640; 4828 St. Elmo Ave., Bethesda, 301-215-7200; dwr.com. With more than 1,000 designs from a Who’s Who in contemporary furnishings like Knoll and Eames, DWR is a megastore for modernism. Quick delivery is a plus.
Knoll, 1150 18th St., NW; 202-973-0400; knoll.com. Known for its modern office furniture, Knoll also wins over designers with its fabrics, available for windows, walls, and upholstery.
M2L Collection, 3334 Cady’s Alley; 202-298-8010; m2lcollection.com. A designer favorite for its licensed reproductions of modern classics by such names as Le Corbusier, Walter Knoll, and Eero Aarnio.
Poltrona Frau, 1010 Wisconsin Ave., Georgetown; 202-333-1166; frauusa.com. Buttery leather in fabulous colors is the hallmark of Italy’s leading luxury furniture maker. Star architects Frank Gehry and Richard Meier lend their brilliance—and some kitsch—to the clean-lined designs.
Random Harvest, 810 King St., Alexandria, 703-548-8820; 1313 Wisconsin Ave., Georgetown, 202-333-5569; 7766 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-280-2777; randomharvesthome.com. Lavinia Lemon likes Random Harvest’s sofas and chairs; often dating from the 1920s and ’30s, the pieces are refurbished and ready for upholstery. You’ll also find iron beds, solid-wood bureaus, and interesting accents.
Roche-Bobois, 5301 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-686-5667; roche-bobois.com. Although its forte is still its large selection of leather sofas and sectionals, which can be custom made, in the past few years Roche-Bobois has added a newer line, Les Provinciales, that reinterprets 18th- and 19th-century French classics and another, Les Voyages, with pieces inspired by exotic lands.
Sixteen Fifty Nine, 1659 Wisconsin Ave., Georgetown; 202-333-1480; sixteenfiftynine.com. Nestor Santa-Cruz and other designers like this shop’s stylish, well-priced selection .
Vastu, 1829 14th St., NW; 202-234-8344; vastudc.com. This furniture-and-accessories shop carries cutting edge with a spiritual twist. Vastu refers to the Sanskrit equivalent of Chinese feng shui—arranging furniture to promote well-being. Low-slung sofas and beds mingle with a good selection of accents and wall art
Rugs and Flooring
Timothy Paul Carpets & Textiles, 1404 14th St., NW; 202-319-1100; timothypaulcarpets.com. The heirloom-grade rugs include hard-to-find imports from all over the world, with modern color and designs that blend with any style. The shop also carries unique contemporary upholstery fabrics and lamps.
A Mano, 1677 Wisconsin Ave., Georgetown; 202-298-7200; amano.bz. Mary Drysdale calls this store a great source for such accents as glassware, candleholders, and throws. The owner, Adam Mahr, sells hand-painted Italian ceramics, French tablecloths, Venetian goblets, and other pieces he brings back from Europe.