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Genius at Work - Darrell Dean

Washington is a strong city for design.

Incredible architecture, international influences and award

winning talent. But to the larger audience, we're seen as

conservative and predictable. Sure we don't have the

inventory of New York or the edginess of LA, but take a

closer look and you'll find innovators, risk-takers and

geniuses in their fields. One of those virtuosos is Darrell Dean of the

eponymous antique store on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown. His

finds are always fresh and striking and completely original. The man

is brilliant. His shop is a constant source of product and inspiration.

If I could, I would buy the entire cache. Where is that generous

benefactor?! Thank God for trusting clients and interesting projects.

I stopped in Darrell Dean this weekend and was blown away as usual.

I shot 40+ photos while browsing the two levels.

Interior designers far-and-wide, take note!

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The store front on Wisconsin Avenue at P Street.

Perfectly situated between Cherry and Café Bonaparte.

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A pair of brightly upholstered mid-century swivel chairs.

These would be sick if recovered in a buttery beige kidskin.

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This glass-topped, faux parchment table is a show-stopper.

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How did I describe Darrell’s inventory ...

“striking and completely original”? Case in point.

A nautically inspired, zoomorphic chair

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I have been eyeing these crystal encrusted lamps for a looong time.

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… As well as this 1970s faux tortoise, multi-faceted table.

I think I’m going to place it in the Huntley & Co.

Lake Geneva project in Switzerland.

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One reason I love Darrell’s pieces is that they are

often graphic and sculptural. Like this table –

both the top and the base are interesting

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dd table combined

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These lamps are actually quite large, and

with the stripes, very striking in person.

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It’s hard to find a good planter these days. This one is the right

size and glamorous without being over the top. Tempting.

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Speaking of glamour. A pair of white leather and brass

armchairs from the 50s. And don’t they look comfortable?!

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A pair of patchwork, salvaged wood obelisks. Love!

Darrell Dean epitomized. Dramatic and unique, but not too perfect.

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One last shot before I leave and then across

the street to Puro Café for lunch. Another relaxing, fun-filled

weekend while Nina is at boot camp. Two more weeks!

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DARRELL DEAN ANTIQUES

1524 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20007

(202) 333-6330