Faces Of the Future | Drapery Connection

Four Young Designers On Their Way Up

By Terri Sapienza Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, July 12, 2007

See these fresh faces? They represent a new crop of talent on Washington's design scene. They have worked at some of the coolest shops and showrooms in town. They've interned with local decorators, networked within the design community and started their own companies and Web sites. They, and other young practitioners like them, will be setting design directions here in the years to come.

We wanted to know more about them, and to introduce them to you. They are Sally Steponkus, Liz Levin, Andrew Law and Raji Radhakrishnan. Below, hey tell us about what drew them to careers in design, show off some of their best professional work and give us a glimpse inside their own homes. Even better, they share ideas, advice and a few favorite sources.

There's a new crop of talent on the D.C. design scene, and they'll be setting design directions here in the years to come.

Funnel pendant lighting from Galbraith & Paul is a favored find of Liz Levin.

Sally Steponkus turns to Peter Fasano's "Brompton" and "Maile" linen fabrics for upholstery and draperies.

Hickory Chair Chippendale side chair, with custom upholstery and detail, is a favorite of Andrew Law.

Raji Radhakrishnan likes to punctuate a space with sculptural lighting, such as this vintage Alberto and Diego Giacometti lamp.

Time was, a generation or so ago, when the fortress of interior design was accessible only to those who could afford to work with a professional decorator. High-fashion furnishings, fabrics and accessories were sold "to the trade" and were largely unavailable to the general public.

Things have changed. Smartly targeted home furnishings chains, online shopping and round-the-clock cable home shows have blown design doors wide open, giving consumers more options and more confidence. Nearly anything can be found with a few clicks of the mouse or remote. But this avalanche of access can make design decisions ever more daunting, and professional advice even more welcome.

So keep an eye on these young professionals. And keep reading, as we take a continuing look at the fresh faces in design in the months ahead.


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