Raji Radhakrishnan just sent me these beautiful photos of a residence she did at the West End Ritz-Carlton for a well-traveled, art- and design-loving bachelor, who would become her dream client.
Raji was introduced to her client through mutual friend, and she was the first person he called when he decided to move to DC. “It’s very rare when you find a client who shares your taste,” she says, “and is so forthcoming in terms of appreciation.”
For this condo, she adds, “he liked traditional design, but he also wanted to make it cooler, hipper, and modern.” Even better, because he wasn’t bringing any furniture with him from New York besides one desk, she had a totally blank slate to work with.
During the design process, he caught the art-collecting bug, which you can see throughout the condo.
Raji explains that when she is decorating a space, 75 percent of her resources usually go toward vintage, antiques, and fabrics. Of antique furniture, she says, “They just do not make those kinds of things anymore.” But the reason The Washington Post has identified her among the most promising young designers, and why they recently featured her own home in its pages, is because she knows how to combine these old pieces with other elements that make bring them entirely up to date.
I love the eclectic quality of Raji’s interiors. Her style could almost be described as Antique Funk. It is a tribute to her talent and success that this spring, she will be opening a New York office. I look forward to seeing more of her work.