This gorgeous dining area by D.C. designer Lori Graham combines traditional and modern elements for timeless effect.
Though historically the United States capital has jumped around (New York and Philadelphia are among the eight cities that once held that distinction), the seat of America is Washington, D.C. It’s the home of the White House, the Capitol, and countless memorials to our nation’s past. This election day, we thought we would pay homage to our capitol in our own stylish way — with a look at the fantastic antique and designer furniture and accessories inspired by D.C. style.
Which brings us to another reason why we’re featuring D.C. today: Starting this week, Viyet will now be taking consignments in Washington, D.C. If you’re curious about consigning, find out how to set up your appointment today.
Neoclassical motifs are a big part of D.C.’s charm, from the exterior architecture to many of the antiques used in historic landmarks. This handsome secretary uniquely pays tribute to the great-great-great-great grandfather of the movement, Andrea Palladio, the European architect whose groundbreaking stylistic concepts were translated into the neoclassical style on American shores.
Past meets present in this graceful mirror, which pays homage to Thomas Sheraton, one of the most influential English furniture designers whose work was widely copied in early America.
D.C. has a bit more of a reserved style, but we think of it more as “timeless.” This exquisite blue-and-cream silk striped chair may be a modern work by legacy showroom Mason-Art, but we could see this working in any decade.
American icon John James Audubon (who, surprisingly, grew up in France) wasn’t just one of the top naturalists in the country, he was the top naturalist in the world. His work is so associated with America, that his portrait is in the White House art collection. These lithographs reveal the careful attention he paid to his life’s work.
The aptly named George Washington desk takes its unique shape after the desk that belonged to our nation’s first president. This version includes bamboo-like accents and a leather writing surface.
What better accompaniment to the George Washington desk than a chair named after First Lady Martha Washington? Its lovely silhouette and soft seafoam-hued upholstery bring a timelessly stylish touch to any space.
Though obelisks have graced the world since ancient Egypt, their forms weren’t as celebrated until the Neoclassical period. (Of course, the most famous obelisk is in Washington, D.C. — The Washington Monument, of course.) This small version is a graceful reminder of the era.
The Federal style — with its sleek lines and occasional eagle motifs — was another interpretation of the Neoclassical style, and was wildly popular in America between 1780-1830. This brass lantern alludes to the style, with its elegant form and eagle decoration.