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Design Directory: Design Center Directories

City by city, the places to go for the best in design

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Stay in touch with great design in your own city or one you may be visiting. These links will connect you to directories in all the major cities. More will be added until the roster is complete!

Boston

Boston Design Center
Boston Magazine called this complex an “eight story design mecca” and it's clear to see why. This is the New England Design scene's destination for luxury home design products. The Design Center is located on the South Boston waterfront and offers residential, contract, kitchen and bath, and outdoor design.

Houston

The Houston Design Center
For designers in the vicinity of the Lonestar State, The Houston Design Center brings everything home together on a tranquil 15-acre plot in Houston. While some design firms use the Design Center as home base, it also offers about 40 showrooms covering everything from furniture and textiles to wall and floor coverings, lighting, art, antiques, and more.

Los Angeles

L.A. Mart
A center for design in the city of angels, for more than 50 years, L.A. Mart has offered the Southern California region an extensive roster of regional and national showrooms. Located in downtown Los Angeles, the center sits amid a decorative arts district that is becoming more and more of a hot spot as development continues in the increasingly live/work-friendly downtown L.A.

Pacific Design Center
The hub of luxury design in the Southern California region, the Pacific Design Center sits on 14 acres in the bustling and design rich neighborhood of West Hollywood. Here, Southern California’s design trade is met with more than 130 showrooms and 2,200 product lines in a 1.2 million square foot center that also houses two Wolfgang Puck restaurants, a Michael Graves designed fitness center, and, this being a town where design and entertainment often meet, a 388 seat film venue and reception space.

New York

Architects & Designers Building
The showrooms here focus on luxury goods for both residential and contract interiors. The A & D Building offers luxury brands, featuring kitchen and bath, tile and stone, appliances and high-end residential and contract furnishings. It’s open to both the trade and the public, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Decoration & Design Building
The D&D Building dresses up the East side. The bastion of design has been a part of New York’s decorative world for more than 40 years. Today, the design center hosts more than 120 showrooms that together represent more than 3,000 manufacturers.

New York Design Center
For residential and commercial projects, NYDC has it all. The location was built in 1926 as the New York Furniture Exchange and, for more than 80 years, the New York Design Center has been providing amazing options for the design trade. The showrooms here cover product for both residential and commercial environments and every design style imaginable.

7W New York
Right in the heart of Manhattan, specifically in the building that long housed Fairchild Publications (and several of the magazines for which I used to work) and Orbach’s department store before that even, sits 7W New York, a marketplace that pairs permanent showrooms with open temporary space and event space as well. The midtown location focuses on home furnishings and accessories and has been known to devote temporary space to shows focusing on art and jewelry as well.

Seattle

Seattle Design Center
The Pacific Northwest’s mecca for the design trade opened its doors in 1973 to serve the region’s growing interest and appreciation for quality design and home furnishings. Seattle Design Center is a hub for high-end showrooms, as well as design events and lectures. Billed as “390,000 square feet of browsing bliss,” SDC is also open to the public.

Washington D.C.

Washington Design Center
The center of the design community in our nation’s capital, the Washington Design Center is billed as the mid-Atlantic region’s largest single resource for high-end home furnishings and decor and you can’t really argue the fact. WDC is home to a plethora of luxury brands and is a true destination for both the design trade and consumers alike.

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