The October air in DC reminded me of a balmy summer night in Maine…the kind of atmosphere that encourages outdoor celebration, ice cold flutes of champagne and long memorable conversations…time is fleeting yet seems to stand still…I know for myself, the entire evening is a bit of a blur, but there are moments that will live with me forever…the unified row of valets standing curbside when my taxi arrived, the golden glow of light from within the pristine glass front window, the magnificent bronze lion sculpture whose presence represents the classic yet rustic aesthetic of the visionary designer himself…this bounty of first impressions set the tone for an evening of celebration and appreciation…a celebration of Darryl Carter’s artistic talent, vision, patience, and hard work..and a tangible appreciation for all the artists, architects, craftsmen and tradesmen that made this dream a reality…four-years of painstaking restoration is now complete! Darryl’s signature blend of the rough and refined is fully realized and elevated to a whole new level…his brilliant juxtapositions breathe life into the grandest and humblest of objects…art as seen through the eyes of a rare and gifted talent…and it’s only the beginning…
My heartfelt thanks to Darryl and Julia! Congratulations!
Darryl with dear friend and neighbor, Mary Haft
Darryl with the principals of Glass Construction (Tom Glass) and Wnuk Spurlock Architecture (Steve Spurlock), with members of their staffs
Art by Joanna Blake
Smiling faces from Darryl’s team ~ Anne Marie Hauer (left) and Rebecca Dickson (right)
Topped with a piece of Carrera marble, the sculptural driftwood table serves as art and furniture
Gwenwood Hang from Darryl Carter’s new line of lighting for Urban Electric
Signed copies of Darryl’s gorgeous new book The Collected Home were for sale at the party…the glass doors of the Bibliotheques are reclaimed and hail from the historic Dumbarton House in Georgetown
Above ~ Detail of a reclaimed stone arch from an estate on the Potomac in Virginia
The party in full swing!
Sidra Forman, a close friend of Darryl’s, catered the event…she created a visual and edible feast for the senses!
Architects Michael M. Franck (far right) and James Martin (far left) from the Washington DC architectural firm Franck & Lohsen
I had a fabulous conversation with the Kravet’s! Two of the kindest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting! I hope their home in New Jersey was spared by Superstorm Sandy…my thoughts are with them
I met the wonderful team from luxe. interiors + design (magazine) ~ Sean Grace with his wife Kristen (left), Emilia Philip and Charlotte DeFuria (right)
Guests gathered in the courtyard to applaud Darryl’s new boutique/design studio and new book The Collected Home…remarks were given by Jack Evans, City Council member, Trish Donnally, who collaborated with Darryl on the book, and seated next to Darryl is Barbara Harrison, Washington NBC news anchor who conducted a thoughtful Q&A
Below ~ Detail of a wall relief by artist Margaret Boozer
Some quiet moments at the end of the evening…
An antique plaster relief hangs in the courtyard
photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye
If you’re interested in learning more about the restoration, click here to view my post from April 4, 2012