I must admit I hadn’t been to the design center in a long time before last week, when I went to the Kravet showroom for Wayne Breeden’s sendoff party—he’s going into business for himself as an interior designer after more than two decades as Kravet’s beloved showroom manager.
First, a note to those who don’t know: The building at 300 D St. SW is still open! But it’s a shadow of its former self. The Kravet showroom is still very much up and running, and due to move to the new design center building at 1099 14th Street NW this September. But several showrooms are already gone (see my post on Donghia’s new Georgetown location, here), and a couple more are shutting down next week: Henredon and AmericanEye.
I took my husband and son back on Monday to take a gander, and wow—the sample sales are everywhere!
Of course, that means there are a lot of sad-looking spaces as everyone packs to leave. But it’s a lot of fun to rummage through all the stuff that showrooms are anxious to sell before they leave.
Take Henredon, for example. Michael-Cleary, which already moved to the new building, is picking up its Pearson and Hickory Chair lines, but Henredon itself will no longer have a presence in DC.
Sure, it looks pretty barren. But there are some real gems here if you happen to be looking for a wonderful arm chair, dining set, or accent table. GET THERE SOON, because its last day is this coming Monday, July 7.
We were looking for a coffee table to go with the rug we previously purchased from J. Asher (which will be combined with Holland & Sherry in the new building). Sadly, the table above ended up not looking quite right on top of the rug — the showroom manager let us take it upstairs to try it out.
AmericanEye is just across the hallway from J. Asher, and while we were unsuccessful in our coffee-table search, our son Chalmers, 9, found the perfect pouf for sitting on while he plays video games in the basement:
While we were “thinking about it,” we browsed the rest of the showroom—they’ve even lined the the 5th-floor hallway with samples.
Needless to say, we’re the new owners of a pouf. Chal wore us down, draping his body across it and refusing to leave unless it left with us. Here’s his victory pose:
We were running late that day, so we didn’t have time to go to any more showrooms, but you can be sure I’ll be back this summer to look through the other sales.
Wondering about the design center’s future home? Here’s my previous post on which showrooms you’ll find there, right here.