Total serendipity. I was having coffee with a friend at Leopold’s in Georgetown’s Cady’s Alley yesterday morning when I ran into a good friend, designer Marlene Weiss, as I was coming back out onto M Street. She was headed down the steps to see Donghia‘s new showroom, which I didn’t know was open yet.
Donghia moved out of the old Washington Design Center building in Southwest, and has only been in their new spot for 11 days. They were hosting some designers for lunch, and I tagged along with Marlene and Lisa Bartolomei.
This is the first major showroom move as the current design center empties out so the owners can start transforming it into a Bible museum. (See my previous posts here and here on the saga.) Most of the showrooms will be moving to Franklin Court at 1099 14th St. Northwest. Donghia is on its own, streetside, although they will continue to cater exclusively to the design trade.
Here are some scenes from the new space:
Carolyn Reed, VP of residential sales, was at the showroom to give a presentation of new fabric lines from Sahco, a partner company to Rubelli, which owns Donghia. REAL eye candy:
Carolyn is holding up a sample from the Future Folklore collection. Lovely pattern, yes, but check it out up close—I love the pixelation!
Carolyn also showed us dozens of other sumptuous patterns, including sheers and linens with suede, leather and sequins sewn into them:
Besides the big, bright windows, another great thing about the new showroom is a storage system for thousands of fabric samples — the shelves can be cranked to the left or right, so you can fit twice as much shelving in one space as you can with stationary shelves:
I think designers are really going to love the new space, where they’ll find a much happier Showroom manager Yoshi Monterio, below right, and sales rep Suzanne Ringwood, now that they’re out of the dark, windowless space they used to have at the design center.
Donghia is located at 3334 Cady’s Alley NW, or you can call at 202.479.2724.