Monthly Archives: July 2010

The renowned Italian kitchen design company Scavolini opens a showroom in Washington, D.C.

 
Angelo Zambrano, Executive Manager of Scavolini by Living Design Center in Washington, D.C., and Francisco from Scavolini in Italy celebrates the opening of the new Scavolini showroom in the American capital.

  Angelo Zambrano, executive manager of Scavolini by Living Design Center in Washington, D.C., and Francesco Farina, CEO of Scavolini Italy of the Americas celebrate the opening of the new Scavolini showroom in the American capital.

THE OPENING of the Italian high-end kitchen design and cabinetry company Scavolini at the Living Design Center’s new showroom in Washington, D.C., located at the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown, was celebrated with a cocktail reception on Thursday evening, July 29.

Scavolini is a leading designer and manufacturer of exclusive classic and modern Italian kitchen cabinetry with a reputation for quality and service. The Scavolini products are showcased in the Living Design Center showroom, which also presents a selection of European appliances adn natural stones for countertops and floors. For more information, visit www.livingdesigndc.com or http://www.scavolini.us/ .

Ray Kukulski, Bo B?rje Jonsson and Susan Calloway

 Ray Kukulski, Bo Borje Jonsson and Susan Calloway

Angelo Zambrano and Sophia Angelini

 Angelo Zambrano and Sophia Angelini

Angelo Zambrano and Francesco Farina

 Angelo Zambrano and Francesco Farina

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Designers show their creations at H Street Temporium

Designer Virginia Arrisue? of de*nada design

Designer Virginia Arrisue? of de*nada design (www.denadadesign.com), creates intriguing, fashion-forward knitwear produced in Peru. She has been covered in The Washington Post and Express, the Today Show, Daily Candy and Teen Magazine.

DC’s best designers showed their wares in the H Street, Northeast Washington, D.C. Temporium over the weekend, July 23-25 with Grand Opening Festivities. The design shop + wifi lounge will continue through August 15, 2010. Temporium is showcasing the works by Billy Colbert, Dana Greaves, Darringer Friday, Dopeville, Bill Johnson, de*nada, Kristi Love and Jon Wye.

DURING the opening festivities this weekend there were performances by DJ Obeyah on Friday evening, and on Saturday by DC groove keyboardist Will Rast, singer/songwriter and guitarist Alex Vans and DJ MikeBolo, and on Sunday BT Richardson. The Pink Line Project (www.pinklineproject.com) is the sponsor.

H STREET Temporium is located in the former R.L. Christian Library at 1300 H Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.

Designer Virginia Arrisue? of de*nada design

Designer Virginia Arrisue? of de*nada design

Artist Ernest D?k? from C?e d’Ivoire shows art in Washington

Artist Victor Ekpuk, Mimi Wolford of Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art, and artist Ernest D?k? from C?e d'Ivoire

Artist Victor Ekpuk, Mimi Wolford of Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art, and artist Ernest D?k? from C?e d’Ivoire, who is showing his art in Washington, D.C.

ON FRIDAY evening, July 23, the Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art held an opening reception for Paris-based artist Ernest D?k?, a native of C?e d’Ivoire (http://ernest.duku.over-blog.com/).

Art by artist Ernest D?k? from C?e d'Ivoire

Art by artist Ernest D?k? from C?e d’Ivoire, who is showing his art at the Mbari Institute for Contemporary African Art.

THE MBARI Institute for Contemporary African Art, which was founded in 1995, is a nonprofit organization, which has organized over 36 solo and group shows. It offers emerging and established African artists opportunities to showcase their work in the United States. Featured artists include Hamid Kachmar of Morocco, Sane Wadu of Kenya, Rackie Dianka and Abdoulaye Ndoye of Senegal, Isaac Ojo, Peju Layiwola, Yinka Adeyemi and Wole Lagunju of Nigeria, Sanaa Gateja of Uganda and Bethel Aniaku of Togo. Mbari also exhibits some of Africa’s better known international artists such as Malangatana of Mozambique and Twins Seven Seven, Jimoh Buraimoh and Bruce Onobrakpeya of Nigeria.

Mimi Wolford, Victor Ekpuk and Ernest D?k?

Mimi Wolford, Victor Ekpuk and Ernest D?k?

DIRECTOR Mimi Wolford provides exhibition space in Washington, D.C., and organizes traveling and single-site exhibitions at museums and universities throughout the country. In January of 2007 she organized her first group exhibit in Cape Town, South Africa.

Art by artist Ernest D?k? from C?e d'Ivoire

SINCE the 1960′s Mbari has amassed a large collection of Contemporary African Art along with the African Toys for a Children’s room. It is a hope that one day there will be a special place for a Museum of Contemporary African Art.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the Mbari Institute for contemporary African Art, contact 202-244-6094 or MbariInst@aol.com.

Art by artist Ernest D?k? from C?e d'Ivoire

 

Coprodeli USA celebrates Peruvian Independence Day on July 28

COPRODELI USA, a nonprofit organization that supports humanitarian aid initiatives and holistic development work of Coprodeli in Peru, has arranged several events to celebrate the Peruvian Independence Day on Wednesday, July 28th.

THE CELEBRATION will last from 5 p.m. until midnight and presents the best of Peruvian art, cuisine and spirit in three venues in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

THE PARTY WILL begin at Toro Mata at 5 p.m., and guests can enjoy live music, complimentary beverages, and view Toro Mata’s selection of hand crafted home furnishings, jewelry and art work by master artisans of Peru. Thereafter the guests can join Coprodeli USA at Las Canteras for a prix fixe dinner at 6:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. for $28, or pisco cocktails and complimentary tapas at the bar. The evening will end at Chi Cha Lounge with music and dancing and pisco cocktails. There will also be a preview of Evelyn Brooks Designs 2011 Collection and complimentary pisco cocktails from Macchu Pisco.

A DONOR HAS pledged to give Coprodeli a matching donation for the event, matching every dollar raised, dollar for dollar, up to $15,000. All proceeds from the event will benefit Coprodeli’s One+One Campaign. Support has also been provided by Macchu Pisco, Evelyn Brooks Designs, Toro Mata, Las Canteras and Chi Cha Lounge.

TORO MATA is located at 2410 18th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., Las Canteras at 2307 18th Street, N.W., and Chi Cha Lounge at 1624 U St. NW. Suggested donation for all three venues is $20, and proceeds benefit humanitarian aid initiatives in Peru.

COPRODELI IN PERU, supported by Coprodeli USA, provides fundamental needs, promotes education and job training, and develops strong self-sustaining community programs to diminish poverty for 110,000 people every year in Peru.

For more information visit www.coprodeliusa.org,  contact Alycia Ebbinghaus at aebbinghaus@coprodeliusa.org or call 860-608-6380.

“Informed Design” opens at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Siobhan Gavagan, Drew Porterfield and Suzi Molak of Long View Gallery

Siobhan Gavagan, Drew Porterfield and Suzi Molak of Long View Gallery

“INFORMED DESIGN,” the new exhibition at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C., has the aim of developing and explaining how the role of art objects within the context of interior design and architecture. A sampling of the inventory of the gallery’s newly launched corporate art consulting branch is featured as well as two architectural design vignettes by leading Washington, D.C., architects Ernesto Santalla and David Jameson. The exhibition demonstrates how art can influence and interact with an interior space. The show includes a variety of abstract paintings and sculptures by artists such as Patricia Burns, Victoria Cowles, Susan Finsen, Steve Griffin, Joan Konkel, Anne Marchand and Wanda Wainsten.

THE OPENING RECEPTION was held at Long View Gallery on Thursday evening, July 8, 2010. Show dates are July 8 through August 1. The gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St., N.W., Washington, D.C., 202-232-4788. Business hours are: Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 12 noon-5 p.m., and by appointment. Visit www.longviewgallery.com for more information.

Artist Nia Tavlarides

Artist Nia Tavlarides

Michael Deshmukh, Denna Millet, Lauren Albrecht and Michael Dozler

Michael Deshmukh, Denna Millet, Lauren Albrecht and Michael Dozler

Pierre Rahal, Siobhan Gavagan and Evan Rahal

Pierre Rahal, Siobhan Gavagan and Evan Rahal

Tim and Ann Gavagan

Tim and Ann Gavagan

The 37th Grand Lodge Convention of the Vasa Order of America held in Washington, D.C.

Al Fedor, Gerry Schueman, Margaret Schueman, Raija Nilsson, Richard Overberg, Linda Smith and Darlene Nelson

Al Fedor, Gerry Schueman, Margaret Schueman, Raija Nilsson, Richard Overberg, Linda Smith and Darlene Nelson. Ms. Nelson is the Chair of Lodge Nobel-Monitor #130, which is also the lodge of the Grand Master, Rolf Bergman. Nobel-Monitor is a Local Lodge in District Lodge Pennsylvania #9.

THE 2010 – and 37th – Grand Lodge Convention of the Vasa Order of America (www.vasaorder.com) – A Swedish-American Fraternal Organization – was held in Washington, D.C., from July 2 through July 8, 2010, and was hosted by District Lodge Pennsylvania No. 9. The opening ceremony took place on Saturday, July 3, at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Washington.

THE VASA ORDER of America began more than a century ago as a benefit fraternal society for Swedish immigrants to the United States. Membership at the time was limited to Swedish-born men, who through the Vasa Order met others who needed to learn the new language and ways of the new country, and also had a fund to support members in need. The Order is named after Gustav Vasa, who liberated the country in the 16th century and became the first king of modern Sweden. Over the past century, things have changed, and the Vasa Order has grown to meet the new needs of the Scandinavian American community.

Arthur Haumacher, Pam Genelli and John Hanright

Arthur Haumacher, Pam Genelli and John Hanright

Grand Master Rolf Bergman

Grand Master Rolf Bergman

Raija and Roland Nilsson

Raija and Roland Nilsson

French kick-off restaurant week celebration at the Washington Club

Patrick Orange of La Chaumi?e, Hugh Cossard of Food Expression, Yann Henrotte, who is President of FICS and Club Director of The Washington Club, and Christophe Poteaux of Bastille Restaurant

Patrick Orange of La Chaumi?e (www.lachaumieredc.com), Hugh Cossard of Food Expression (www.foodexpression.com), Yann Henrotte, who is Club Director of The Washington Club, and Christophe Poteaux of Bastille Restaurant (www.bastillerestaurant.com)

THE FRENCH Culinary Society’s Red, White and Brut event – a kick-off for the French restaurant’s week from July 9th to the 15th – was held last night, Thursday, July 8, at the elegant Washington Club off Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.

Hugh Cossard of Food Expression, Patrick Orange of La Chaumi?e, and Chef Jean Claude Le Lan of the IMF

Hugh Cossard of Food Expression, Patrick Orange of La Chaumi?e, and Chef Jean Claude Le Lan of the IMF

YANN HENROTTE is Club Director of The Washington Club, and also president of The French International Culinary Society (FICS), www.ficsevents.com, which is an exclusive membership organization dedicated to preserving the traditions of quality in the French culinary arts through education and professional development. FICS is a sponsor of the French restaurant week in Washington.

Florence Devillies of Lavandou

Florence Devillies of Lavandou (www.lavandoudc.com)

Indonesian top designers presented their dazzling designs during a festive gala dinner in Washington

Indonesian top designers Oscar Lawalata and Denny Wirawan

Indonesian top designers, Oscar Lawalata and Denny Wirawan presented their designs during a fashion show and gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

TWO OF INDONESIA’S top designers — Oscar Lawalata (www.oscarlawalata.net) and Denny Wirawan (www.dennywirawan.com) — presented their dazzling and intriguing designs during a festive and elegant fashion show and gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night, July 7, 2010, that drew a big crowd. The cultural night was entitled “Indonesian Integrated Investment: Remarkable Indonesia,” a program initiated by the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board and supported by the Embassy of Indonesia.

Count Vladimir Tolstoy, Rhoda Septilici, and countess Suzanne Tolstoy

Count Vladimir Tolstoy, Rhoda Septilici, and countess Suzanne Tolstoy

THE EVENT portrayed the blend of Indonesian culture culminating in tenun as one of the traditional textiles used by Indonesian top fashion designers. Cita Tenun Indonesia/Indonesian Woven Cloths Association’s (CTI) mission is to preserve original Indonesian woven cloths, tenun, and to establish Indonesia as a central market for woven textiles. CTI also provides various training programs to increase production and quality and expand the market at home and abroad.

Models show designs by Denny Wirawan and Oscar Lawalata

Models show designs by Denny Wirawan and Oscar Lawalata

LAST SUMMER President Obama’s mother Ann Dunham’s collection of Indonesian batik was shown at Mandarin Hotel in Washington, D.C. An event that also included a gala dinner, where the guest of honor was the president’s sister, Indonesian born Maya Soetoro-Ng.

Designer Oscar Lawalata is being interviewed by the media.

Designer Oscar Lawalata is being interviewed by the media.

Designer Oscar Lawalata to the right.

Designer Oscar Lawalata to the right.