Politics can get ugly but Design is about balance, harmony & beauty. As the election year heats up & the candidates have been presenting how they see the future of America; I’ve been daydreaming how the future White House might look… If it were up to me. Trying to put political views aside, how would I fashion a room in the private quarters of the White House for each potential candidate?….
Bernie & Jane Sanders: for them I envision embracing their bohemian roots but with some added vibrancy. Bernie loves Denmark, perhaps he would appreciate some Danish illumination so I put in a Greta Grosman Grasshopper lamp. The Frank Gehry chair of cardboard lends itself to supporting an Eco-friendly stance. The leather de Sede chair is modern but with a well worn in patina. For some global chic : a Madeline Weinrib pillow and a rug handwoven in Turkey. The Edward Wormley party sofa is big enough to seat more than the 1 percent. The coffee table & sideboard are Edward Wormley as well.
Hillary Clinton: for Hillary I envision something feminine but strong; a defined point of view mixing eloquence with comfort. A double sided sofa creates an equal opportunity to face the left or the right. The Tufenkian silk & wool rug would soften the room. Rounded edges to the Liaigre coffee table would make the room child friendly (since she is a grandmother) The Ed Wormley wing back chair could be for her or Bill. The Donald Sultan Art & the Madeline Weinrib pillows are bold but optimistic. A plaster chandelier hangs from a new ceiling as the glass one has been shattered.
Donald & Melania Trump: For the Trumps, I thought of keeping things luxe but reigning in the over the top factor a bit (or a lot). The requisite gold factor comes in the form of a coffee table by Yves Klein, a Crystal chandelier by Bagues is at a price if you have to ask, you can’t afford, they don’t need to ask. The chesterfield sofa evokes tradition but it is modernized. A glam day bed for Melania. Every leader needs sheep, this one happens to be chic. An antique Indian rug & Fortuny pillows are imported but hopefully allowed to stay. The painting is former property of a dictator.
Which room would you vote for?
David Deatherage Design is a finalist in At Home St Louis Magazine’s 2016 design awards. For the category of Best Great Room, DDD has two projects that have placed in the finals (top 3). Also, DDD has placed in the category Best Window Treatment.
This year I submitted to participant in the Ladue News Designer Show House & was awarded the Great Room. When I’ve been at the show house, more than one volunteer has asked me how I was assigned the room. Designers are invited by the Ladue News to view the house & are able to submit up to 3 proposals for consideration. The Ladue News has a committee that reviews the submissions & they make their decisions from there. It is an honor to not only be invited to participate but to be awarded a room as well.
The show house opened to a sold out preview party on October 8th & it will be open thru October 25th (closed on Mondays)
Advanced tickets can be purchased via eventbrite & if you use promo code DDD , you get a $5 discount ($15 as opposed to $20 or $25 at the door) The house is located at 1751 Woodlawn in Ladue.
I hope many will get to visit the show house as the proceeds from the tickets go to Cardinal-Glennon Children’s Hospital. If you don’t catch it in person, I’ll be posting photos online in the future.