Art in Living Space: 2012 DreamHome

The 2012 DreamHome design show kicked off with over 400 guests in attendance.  The Washington Design Center’s 2012 DreamHome event features eight top up-and coming interior designers.  Each designer receives a room found in most households to design and make their own.  They took their inspiration from the emerging craft artists who are represented in the Smithsonian American Art Museum/Renwick Gallery’s “40 under 40” exhibition. 

Pam Frederick and Flora Kanter, partners of ArtSPACE Management and friends of ArtSee DC, were appointed by Scott Cooke of Scott Cooke Design to curate the artwork for the living room. Cooke’s goal for his living room was that it be “art driven” and the room a venue for original artwork.  The artists Craig Cahoon, Eve Stockton and Tati Kaupp (Cross-MacKenzie Gallery) generously provided the artwork for Cooke’s space. 

Cooke’s room is the only room in the show to truly incorporate art work. Tati Kaupp’s work in bright purple hues compliment the color scheme of the room that is brightly decorated with purple, blue and yellow and Eve Stockton’s marble and alabaster sculptures compliment the 19th century touches. Craig Cahoon”s colorful abstract works make the white walls disappear and create a beautiful contrast to the primary colors.  ArtSPACE believes that the artwork should compliment the residential or corporate design plan. 

The Washington Design Center is free and open to the public. The 2012 DreamHome is on view from March 16 - November 30, 2012.