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DIGEST DESIGN VII: Lightbulb Moments With Martha

September 2, 2019

General. Recessed. Overhead. Task. Accent. Wherever it shines, lighting sets the mood and creates ambience.

 

Overhead lighting is for the overall illumination of the space. Recessed cans, or overhead ceiling fixtures are important for even  coverage in a room

 

Task lighting addresses functional needs in precisely the place it’s required, providing visibility for reading, cooking, dressing, or working at a desk. 

 

Decorative accent lighting adds some jewelry to a room plus some added illumination at various heights. Important because recessed lighting often does reach "human level." Use it to highlight artwork and sculpture, in a foyer or as an architectural feature to provide that wow moment in a dining room or over a kitchen island. 

This was a custom fixture by Brooklyn-based Allied Maker. Some of the pendants are 30 (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) This was a custom fixture by Brooklyn-based Allied Maker. Some of the pendants are 30" tall. This stunning fixture has walnut accents, handblown glass and leather straps

One of her favorite design features, Martha Vicas chooses every fixture with an eye to her clients’ needs, and then goes for so much more.

 

DISH: At what point in planning out a room do you choose fixtures? 

 

VICAS: We do an electrical plan very early on when space planning. We no longer automatically lay out recessed lights in a strict grid pattern. We consider the function of the room combined with other decorative lighting. For example, some people do not like much recessed in bedrooms. We may use bedside lamps for reading and general illumination on one side of the room while relying on a couple of targeted

recessed fixtures on the other side.

 

LED lighting has revolutionized the industry and there are so many ways to use lighting to highlight spaces. When we are 

working on new homes, we often rely on our friend Ronni Glaser at Illuminations. She has the knowledge to keep our clients’ homes on the cutting edge of lighting design and automation.

A traditional fixture from Neirmann Weeks--always beautiful. (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) A traditional fixture from Neirmann Weeks--always beautiful.

DISH: What are your rules for measuring from ceiling, over a table, etc? 

 

VICAS: I like to place pendants or chandeliers 32-36" over a table or 62-66" from the floor. It depends on a variety of factors including the type of fixture and the height of the people that live in the house!

This fun fixture is from a large lighting company and is oversized for the room which provides added drama (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) This fun fixture is from a large lighting company and is oversized for the room which provides added drama

DISH: What are some novel ways you’ve used lighting? 

 

VICAS: We have used rope lights under stairs, cute little rectangular recessed lights along a stair wall and even interspersed lights in a living room wall. We worked on a contemporary home that had the ability to change the color of the LED bulbs remotely. 

This is another artisan produced fixture by Brooklyn-based Roll And Hill (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) This is another artisan produced fixture by Brooklyn-based Roll And Hill

DISH: Any favorite styles of lighting? 

VICAS: I love vintage lighting from the 40's, 50's and 60's. However, I think that the new crop of artisan lighting producers are making very exciting fixtures. We often collaborate with them to produce custom fixtures that are perfect for the space.

We clustered 3 pendants to create a chandelier from British-based Cameron House (Photo by: MS Vicas Interiors) We clustered 3 pendants to create a chandelier from British-based Cameron House


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Tasty Taïm

August 25, 2019

New York's beloved falafel chain Taïm arrived in Georgetown Friday. "We're super excited and super proud to bring these complex, deep flavors here," says CEO Phil Petrilli, on hand for opening day. Other DC locations are in the works, but Georgetown is their first spot outside of Manhattan. Taïm partnered with an investment group spearheaded by Chipotle vets Petrilli and Bethany Strong for the expansion.

Falafel Platter (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Falafel Platter

Chef Einat Admony (of famed Balaboosta) and her husband Stefan Nafziger opened their first Taïm (pronounced "tah-eem," Hebrew for "tasty" or "delicious") in a tiny West Village storefront in 2005. The vegetarian fast-casual chain specializes in Israeli food, serving falafel, hummus, and Israeli salad on pita or as a platter. Seasonal specials, a variety of salads, french fries, mezzes and sauces, and baklava for dessert. Beverages include smoothies and 100% organic drinks. 

Phil Petrilli in front of Taim Georgetown mural (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Phil Petrilli in front of Taim Georgetown mural

"Einat's food is unmatched in this category," raves Petrilli as he enjoys a traditional Iraqi sandwich Sabich, pita stuffed with fried eggplant, hard-boiled egg, fresh parsley and amba. Agreed. I had the falafel platter and it was the best I've had outside of Israel. 

 

Street artists from Tel Aviv hand-painted the mural adorning the 21-seat eatery.

Taim at 1065 Wisconsin Avenue NW (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Taim at 1065 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Taïm is located at 1065 Wisconsin Avenue across from Georgetown Park.


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My Taste of Georgetown

August 21, 2019

Best barista and bagettes at Boulangerie Christophe

Clyde's for brunch and burgers and my all-time favorite crab tower

Crab Tower (Photo by: Clydes of Georgetown) Crab Tower

Leopold's Kafe anytime. Nothing like their Rostbraten vom Angusrind and Esterhazy.

Leopold's Kafe (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Leopold's Kafe

Authentic French bistro Chez Billy Sud and Bar à Vin next door. Always get the smoked blue fish rilletes and have a tough time resisting Paris-Brest. 

Lamb shank daube, golden heirloom turnips, green lentils. (Photo by: Chez Billy Sud) Lamb shank daube, golden heirloom turnips, green lentils.

Fiola Mare for Mediterranean-style dining on the Potomac. Always dazzling and delicious.

(Photo by: Fiola Mare)

 

 


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