• Deanna Schmidt

Behind the Scenes: Designing 1220 19th Street



The design process takes about six months on average for any Space+ suite. Along the way, we discuss everything from usage, layout, and flexibility to finishes, fabrics, furniture and plants. The 1220 process was no different.


Today, we're going to take a look at the inspiration behind the finishes and materials used at 1220 - my favorite part of the process. With its proximity to Dupont Circle, it was easy to use the famous park as a focal point. Our architects at MKDA drew from the natural greenery and historic fountain to pull in natural vegetation, marble, water, and natural light to create an inviting space that connects indoors and out.


After the finishes are selected, we move onto furniture selection. We work with Washington Workplace to source a wide variety of furniture that compliment our intent. The furniture not only has to look good, but be functional - and comfortable - too. The team goes through great lengths to test out the seating before we put it in any space.


When you first talk about furniture, it's very conceptual and gradually moves from concept to reality. Finding the exact pieces you envision can be challenging - and then finding the fabrics and hard finishes that go with that particular piece of furniture sometimes throws a wrench in the process. The images below showcase our starting point alongside our final design with furniture selections and fabrics.

This is the last phase of design. From here, after permitting is finalized, the team moves into construction and we begin to see concept turn into reality. Stay tuned for more on the journey of building out Space+ at 1220 19th Street.


To learn more about the space, view it on the space-plus.com website.

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