Five of Washington, DC's most well-known interior designers—David Mitchell, Andrew Law, Camille Saum, Skip Sroka, and Rosemarie Howe—supported the Smithsonian Craft Show by hosting “Dinners by Design” at their homes last month.
With cocktails and creative conversation, each dinner seated from eight to 16 guests along with a Smithsonian Craft Show artist.
Guests of Andrew Law's dinner
From left: Deborah Falls, David Mitchell and Nancy Low
"The artists' presentations at each home were interesting aspects of each dinner," said Mitchell. Among the artists were painter Deborah Falls, ceramist Eric Serritella, jewelry maker Biba Schutz, painter Nebiur Arellano and ceramist Angela Cunningham.
The proceeds from the dinners, which reached more than $20,000, went directly to support education, outreach, conservation and research throughout the Smithsonian.
Guests of Rosemarie Howe's dinner
Guests of Skip Sroka's dinner
Artist Biba Schutz with Smithsonian's Ellen Goodman and designer Camille Saum
"Guests raved about the food and settings at each home, including Andrew Law's alfresco dining experience, Camille Saum's specialty cocktail, Rosemarie Howe's homemade dessert, and Skip Sroka's intimate setting," said Mitchell.
Mitchell, who founded the annual event in 2012, is working towards declaring April Design Month in DC. The annual DC Design House show house also takes place in April.
Photos courtesy of Kevin Allen
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