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Cafe Milano Hosts Book Party for Samantha Sault's 'Moon Washington DC'

September 11, 2018

"At the end of the day, everyone comes together to have a cocktail," explained local journalist-turned-author Samantha Sault, who started writing Moon Washington DC in February, 2017. With an eye to visitors, Samantha says her new book also has a lot of tips for long-time locals. 

Kevin Chaffee introduces Samantha Sault to guests (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kevin Chaffee introduces Samantha Sault to guests

Kevin Chaffee, introducing the author to several hundred guests Monday evening at Cafe Milano, "We have Michelin and other travel guides, and tonight, Washington has a Moon Guide."

Matthew Lauer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Matthew Lauer

Thanking her host committee, Cafe Milano and husband Matt, glancing around the room,  Sault noted, "We have people here from the Trump and Obama adninistrations, all the way back to ... Reagan," As guests laughed, she continued, "everyone who makes up the fabric of the city. DC is resilient. There's no better time to visit DC."

Katie Abbott and Karin Tanabe (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Katie Abbott and Karin Tanabe

Neighborhood by neighborhood, including the first walking tour of Anacostia and the Navy Yard, the author introduces monuments, nightlife, bars and restaurants, all with a nod to their historic significance. She doesn't consider herself a foodie, "The best meal is a roast chicken," but she does think the DC dining industry is definitely maturing. Three of her favorites, too new for this edition, are: Rake's Progress, Primrose, and Garrison.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Samantha Sault began her career at policy journals, including The Weekly Standard, where she wrote about national politics as well as fashion and pop culture. For nearly three years, she wrote a weekly column for The Washington Times with her arts, culture, and nightlife picks for locals. She has covered international fashion weeks in New York, London, and Hong Kong and has also managed communications for the organization that lobbies on behalf of American fashion brands and retailers.

Samantha Sault and Maria Abad (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Samantha Sault and Maria Abad

After growing up in the metropolitan DC area, Samantha has a deep understanding of both how Washington works and has evolved, and a genuine love for the swamp. She learned how to use the Metro from a young age, first to visit Smithsonian museums as a child, and later to attend concerts and break curfew as a teenager. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a BA in government and politics, she moved to Dupont Circle, where she has lived for more than 10 years.

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Hervé Maury and His Beasts Now at Ligne Roset

September 9, 2018

"The animals that are here always look at us and are very surprised," says Hervé Maury with a twinkle in his eye. Endowing animal characters with complexity and humor, he celebrates all manner of bestiary, including insects, giraffes, koi fish, and mice.

Hervé Maury (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hervé Maury

This construction worker-turned-artist has brought his whimsical subjects to Ligne Roset. Maury's show at the Chicago showroom last year was so successful that the collaboration with the French modern interior design and furnishings company resumed Thursday evening at a reception in their recently opened Wharf DC location.

Ligne Roset at Wharf DC (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ligne Roset at Wharf DC

From Montmartre, where he was born, to Paris and now in Marseilles, the artist creates paintings full-time for exhibitions around the world. 

Sara Mokhtari with La Belle et la Bete (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sara Mokhtari with La Belle et la Bete

In 2006, his "Big Beasts" polar bear series adorned the windows of Hermès boutiques.

Hervé Maury and Sophie Caporossi, Batignolles in DC (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hervé Maury and Sophie Caporossi, Batignolles in DC

Twenty years ago, after moving and wanting to decorate a new apartment, Maury couldn't find any appealing animal-themed art so he created his own, starting with a series of charming dog paintings. Family and friends soon discovered his talent and the artist was born. 

Hervé Maury (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hervé Maury

He begins his works with sand and a palette of pigments on brown paper and linen canvas, followed by gouache, India ink and sometimes charcoal. What remains constant, thanks to the the sand, is a natural tone, with the animals seeming to emerge from the earth. 

(Photo by: Hervé Maury)

A natural connection to all of his subjects belies the fact Maury is a pet-free artist. "No, I don't have a dog. Never have." Maury explains. Have to wonder what his creatures, with their round, piercing eyes, and often bewildered expressions think about that.

Ligne Roset at Wharf DC (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ligne Roset at Wharf DC


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Vincent Sagart's Georgetown Studio

June 25, 2018

master bedroom with library by Poliform, bathtub by Agape, chandelier by Moooi (Photo by: poliformdc.com) master bedroom with library by Poliform, bathtub by Agape, chandelier by Moooi

I knew this was going to be good. But I could not have imagined this. A fan of the Italian modern home furnishings brand since Poliform’s Washington Design Center days, for over a year I’d walked past the narrow Victorian row house at 2611 P Street eagerly awaiting the transformation from what had most recently been a child care center. 

 

A mere 17 feet wide by 37 feet deep, this 1892-built dwelling designed by noted DC architect Frederick G. Atkinson, is now Poliform|home, the only experiential showroom in the Mid-Atlantic area where products are displayed within a real home. Four stories and still skinny, it’s 2,400 square feet of design perfection. Showcasing furniture from the family-owned Italian company, the Poliform collection includes everything from bookcases and home media systems to wardrobes, bedroom furnishings, kitchens, and sofas.

Vincent next to Deltalight custom panel (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Vincent next to Deltalight custom panel

Add Moooi lighting design from the Netherlands and Belgian architectural lighting from Deltalight, bathrooms by Agape, doors by Rimadesio, solid wood furniture by Rima1920 and the home sings. Check out the Heracleum chandelier over a footed bathtub in the master bedroom on the third floor.

 

With expertise in technology and aesthetics, owner Vincent Sagart holds masters degrees in fine arts (stage and costume) and computer science (digital design). “I rode the digital design boom,” he says. “But I missed the production process and the satisfaction that comes out of it. There’s a fragile balance in this creative profession between the tangible and the digital. The luxury of today is to have something designed uniquely for you that is unique.”

Walk-in closet solution, armchair and coffee table by Poliform, coppelia chandelier by Moooi, custom dressing room island by Poliform (Photo by: poliformdc.com) Walk-in closet solution, armchair and coffee table by Poliform, coppelia chandelier by Moooi, custom dressing room island by Poliform

 

“I wanted to show that a renovation can last another 200 years if it’s done well,” Sagart explains. 

 

Working closely with architects on their new projects, a fine example is the reverential detail painstakingly applied to this neighborhood studio. With a nod to its historic heritage, bleached oak floors shine thanks to advanced lighting solutions, and crown moldings are seamlessly framed by custom spessart oak floor-to-ceiling wardrobes.

 

Whether they’re remodeling the bedroom or designing interiors for a new home, clients can expect a dedication to solving their needs. "Good architecture explores new directions and pushes creative boundaries. Good design identifies problems and solves them balancing function and aesthetics," adds Sagart.

Tracy Place kitchen (Photo by: poliformdc.com) Tracy Place kitchen

 

“It’s tailored cabinetry like wardrobes and closets where our clients benefit most from our know-how," adds Sagart. A person living in the city, especially in a small space, needs a well organized storaget. Quadruple the impact if the client has children. For young families, which I’m delighted I see so many of in Georgetown these days, a custom closet saves time, is easy to use, to delegate, and maintain.”

 

With less emphasis on what’s on the walls. and more on a well functioning peaceful home that is well designed, Sagart’s team addresses the demands of entertaining, aging in place, child-proofing and preserving an historic building, all with the most elegant of solutions.

 

 

Helena and Vincent, owners and principals of Poliform | Sagart Studio (Photo by: Bob Narad) Helena and Vincent, owners and principals of Poliform | Sagart Studio

W Street NW (Photo by: poliformdc.com) W Street NW

 


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