Kelley Proxmire's Design Center Lobby

Kelley Proxmire's Design Center Lobby

Lindsey Roberts
Mar 30, 2010

Every so often, a different Washington, DC-area designer redesigns the lobby at the Washington Design Center. We wanted to show you Kelley Proxmire's take: a "pretty and practical" space for designers to meet with clients.

Proxmire was inducted into the Washington Design Center Hall of Fame in 2009, and we have shown her work in show houses here on Apartment Therapy before: Color Inspiration: Yellow and Black, The Art of Layering Mirrors, Serene Bedroom from 2008 DC Design House).

For this project, she wanted something welcoming, cheery and practical. She was inspired by a large window frame, that had an inset mirror and a Roman shade, that she saw at a restaurant in New York City. So she designed a large-scale mirror, inset with a Roman shade in a bright red.

Because she knew that designers would meet with clients in this space, she chose a round table and created additional seating areas. She wanted to keep the design simple and clean, therefore she made sure to edit, (not put too many items in the room) and use a limited number of colors. "The colors of red, black and white are a classic springtime color combination," she says.

From Kravet
• (2) Westport Chairs Nailhead: #54 Natural Brass, Fabric: Kravet #27629-8 - Ebony
• Opus Plain Sofa 27P (91") no buttons, skirted w/ knife edge pillows and no linear indentation across back. Fabric: Kravet GWF-2706 19 "Etosha Solid Red"
• (2) White Marcy Side Chairs DS302 – Leg Finish: Black, Fabric: Kravet #26290-1, 5 yards trim for Embroidered Pillows to be placed on black Side Chairs, Kravet: #T30424-818
• (2) Barnstable Chairs H3806-22, Skirted, with Red fabric on the inside of inverted pleats, Upholstery Fabric: Kravet #29868-81, Pleat Fabric: Kravet #26860-19
• Fabric for Roman Shade, pillows and box pleats in chair, Kravet: 26860-19

From Lee Jofa
• (4)"Cooper" Benches #H401-24 (Single), Upholstery Fabric: Kravet Ultrasuede-2, Trim- top of seat: Kravet T30393, Color 81

From American Eye
• (2) Currey Renaissance Table Lamps with
#6121 w/black shades
• Salvations McDowell Coffee Table, Finish - #2 – Rufus Gilt
• (2) Antique Designs Parson's End Tables, #278 in Poppy Red
Benjamin Moore #1315

From Brunschwig & Fils
• (2) Madison End Tables, #B1136-002 Finish: Black

From Ebanista
• (2) Montecelio Brackets

From Fine Art Finishes
Custom art panels

From Henredon
• (2) Nadine Chairside Tables 5485-10
• (2) Black Urns

From Hines
• (Samuel & Sons), (5) yards cord trim for white Embroidered Pillows, Dedar #LJ011/02
• (3) Yards for"Pinafores" on white chairs, Dedar Mezzaluna #1438/05
• (15) yards trim for Roman Shade, Samuel & Sons: #977-36358, Color #16
• (2) Vaughan Lamps #GL41/L

From Hutchinson Glass & Mirror
• Fabrication and installation of mirror

From JK Drapery
• Fabricate Roman Shade for mirror window
• (2) 20"Pillows for black chair
• (2) 22" Sofa pillows
• "Pinafore" for white chairs Dedar #1438/05 (3 yards)

From John Juenemann Painting
• Fabrication of wood frame for mirror "window"
• Paint and wallpaper
• Niche painted Benjamin Moore "Neon Red", Main area in Zoffany Wallpaper (white)

From Kevin Chadwick
• Custom artwork in large niche

From Michael Cleary
• Malabar Dining Table, Round #K27469K

From Niermann Weeks
• Crillion Chandelier , Item #10-1105R-3808, Parisian Gold Leaf finish
• Quatrefoil Cabinet 42-W2199-58-22 Dk Cherry Finish

From Osborne & Little
• Fabric for Sofa Pillows MLF2102-01

From Rist
• Zoffany Wallpaper (white)
• ZG 713 "Paperweave" 44 single rolls

From Stark
• Carpet: Sisal #518/Berlin
Color Black #197

From W. C. Fowler Carpet
• Bind carpet w/red patent binding and apply appliqué

Images: Courtesy of Kelley Proxmire

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