WASHINGTON, D.C., February 27, 2012— The Washington Design Center is pleased to announce the 2012 DreamHome themed Design Craft. Celebrating the next generation of design in Washington, D.C., eight emerging interior designers have been selected to create rooms inspired by the works featured in the exhibition "40 Under 40: Craft Futures," opening this summer at the Renwick Gallery.   

The 2012 DreamHome designers will explore color, texture, scale, and perspective through their interpretations of artworks in the exhibition. Located on the 5th Floor of the The Washington Design Center, the DreamHome provides inspiration for how the design center’s furnishings, fabric and decor can be combined into spectacular residential spaces.

The 2012 DreamHome will be unveiled at a preview party on March 15, and will remain open through Nov. 30.

Featured Designers Include:
Miriam Dillon, Barnes Vanze Architects

William McGovern, McGovern Design Studio
Catherine Hailey, Hailey Design
Jeff Akseizer, Akseizer Design Group
Christine Philp, Palindrome Design

Kori Keyser, Keyser Interiors
Scott Cooke, Scott Cooke Design
Shanon Munn, Ambi Design Studio

For DreamHome opening event information and tickets, please visit The Washington Design Center is located at 300 D Street, SW in Washington DC. Viewing hours are Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and admission is free. The center is located near the Federal Center SW Metrorail station on the blue and orange lines. For general information, the public may call 202.646.6100.

“40 under 40: Craft Futures” opens at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum July 20 and features 40 contemporary craft artists under the age of 40. For more information about the exhibition, visit

About The Washington Design Center:

Dedicated to providing the finest in home furnishings to the design trade, The Washington Design Center, a division of MMPI, is home to seven floors of luxury showrooms featuring furnishings and lighting, fabric, rugs, wall covering, and paint.

For WDC inquiries, please contact Jennifer Sergent, Director of Marketing, at the Washington Design Center at (202) 646-6109 or

About MMPI:

MMPI is the world's leading owner and operator of showroom buildings and trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together in more than 300 market events, trade and consumer shows and conferences each year.

MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart in Chicago; the Architects & Designers Building, 7 W New York, and Piers 92/94 in New York City; the Boston Design Center in Boston; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; the Washington Design Center in Washington DC; and Cleveland Medical Mart & Convention Center in Cleveland.

Vornado Realty Trust, owners of MMPI, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.

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