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New Beginnings

DC’s design scene is on the move, with both young and established talents creating new outlets, products and spaces to express their points of view.

DuVäl Reynolds is the ultimate man-about-town, mingling with industry players to create a stronger network between designers, vendors, artists and contractors.

The Morris Lapidus-designed Capitol Skyline Hotel is the WPA’s new HQ.

The One to Watch
Designer DuVäl Reynolds isn’t overstating it when he tells you he’s “on the scene.” Go to any design store opening or collection launch, and he’s there, happily working the room. That’s why this affable young man, 29, has quickly made it onto the boards of both social and professional designer collectives. Reynolds helps organize monthly soirees through the District Design Society, and he recently joined the International Furnishings & Design Association, where he’s been tasked with bringing new, younger designers into the fold—and generally creating a more cohesive DC design community. “We’re trying to make an effort to raise the profile of the design industry,” he says, and pair designers with the best local resources and products, so they can better serve their clients. Think of Reynolds as a whole new kind of interiors concierge. duvalreynolds.‌com

Skyline Drive
Miami-based collector Mera Rubell just gave DC artists and art-lovers another reason to gravitate toward her Morris Lapidus-designed Capitol Skyline Hotel in Southwest. Rubell lured the Washington Project for the Arts—a longtime supporter of contemporary artists—to take up residence at the hot spot, filled with cutting-edge art and midcentury furnishings. Says Rubell-fan and WPA Executive Director Lisa Gold, “It will be great to have artists there, and [for them] to feel like it’s their hotel.” wpadc.‌org

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