Christopher Barson Interior Associates Project: PN Hoffman's "Desoto Building"
I designed, supplied and installed the furnishings for this loft project during the construction of this building in Washington, DC. I was given 3 weeks to pull together the floor plans, furniture, artwork and accessories...it all had to be staged for a scheduled photoshoot - NO IFS ANDS OR BUTS...I spent two days supervising deliveries..uncrating furnture which was imported from France...picking up the artwork and accesories...and installing the pieces...each piece had to be hauled up three flights of stairs because the elevators hadn't been installed...I hired two housekeepers to arrive before the photoshoot to clean the dust off the furniture and the floors. The construction workers kept entering the loft ( the only finished room in the entire building) to admire my work...but dusty footprints and fingerprints were everywhere! Dusty construction workers are sexy...but these admired admirers were a menace!! This was my first project for real estate moguls, Monty Hoffman and Ashley Gurstenfeld. ...I was given this design job, site unseen, after one of their building managers saw my personal residence - a loft in the building next door- and insisted that my work was clearly cutting-edge... ...Monty and Ashley loved the product so much that they photograped the room you're looking at and plastered it on a billboard!! I didn't meet Monty Hoffman or Ashley Gurstenfeld until I designed and installed Monty's next project, The Alta Condominium...which was THE first green building in the District of Columbia...CNN did a story on it.