Designer Focus: Daniel Stromborg


From Knoll:

Daniel Stromborg’s young, but already robust career is informed by a variety of evolving professional interests. After studying pre-med and comparative literature at the University of Montana, Stromborg fell into object design and furniture making. He briefly studied Interior Architecture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, before moving to Los Angeles to study Environmental Design at The Art Center of Design in Pasadena. It was in this context that Stromborg added brand-based and conceptual work to his interests.

After stints with digital-imaging pioneer April Greiman and furniture designer Richard Holbrook, Stromborg worked with Knoll-designer Don Chadwick. Accordingly, his first introduction to Knoll product design came while he worked as Lead Designer on Chadwick’s Spark Series. Stromborg left Chadwick’s studio to pursue his own projects full-time and collaborated with Knoll to create the Stromborg Table. He is currently working with his studio – The Creative Common Good – on a variety of contracted projects, creating inventive consumer electronics, residential furniture, and branding.

The Stromborg Table is included in the Knoll Home Office Sale and is eligible for 15% OFF through July 29th!



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Product Feature: Knoll Home Office


When you think of office furniture, what comes to mind? Big bulky wood desks? Cubicles? Uncomfortable “ergonomic” desk chairs?

While this may be a reality in some offices around the world, it doesn’t have to be yours when designing your own home office. One of our favorite companies we represent, Knoll, carries a line of office furniture suitable for commercial or residential design that’s both stylish and highly functional.

  • Florence Knoll Executive Desk Florence Knoll Executive Desk
  • MultiGeneration Chair MultiGeneration Chair
  • Life Chair Life Chair
  • Florence Knoll Table Desk Florence Knoll Table Desk
  • Pollock Executive Conference Chairs Pollock Executive Conference Chairs
  • Generation Chair Generation Chair
  • Albini Desk Albini Desk
  • Chadwick Task Chair Chadwick Task Chair



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Designer Focus: Shape & Stile


Shape and Stile is the hand crafted work of Jared Luke, an American artist and designer based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. For the last 10 years he’s worked as a display designer for Urban Outfitters in addition to working on a range of personal and commercial projects including installation, retail design, furniture and much more.

He is inspired by mid-century modern furniture designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Paul McCobb and Adrian Pearsall just to name a few.  His new venture is making organic wood household objects such as planters, sculptures and modern children’s furniture out of a workshop he built in his own backyard, some of which can now be found in the Vastu showroom!

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Neighborhood News: Dacha Beer Garden


The Shaw neighborhood in DC has been exploding with new construction, from the City Market at O to places like the Dacha Beer Garden, which is a hidden gem!

The beer garden opened this past Spring and what strikes you first is the enormous mural of Elizabeth Taylor on the side of the building next to Dacha beer garden. I think it makes a great backdrop for FB and Instagram pictures!

They have many great happy hour specials but be warned, get there early because it can get packed during big sporting events or special weekends like DC Pride! If you love beer, love to be seen, or love to people watch, make sure to visit Dacha Beer Garden!

Dacha is located at 1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.



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Client Spotlight: Weekend Getaway Home


When our clients, Mike and Heidi, purchased a second home as a weekend getaway they didn’t think twice about using Vastu again for our design services.

The modern home is nestled in the woods outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. As you can see by the architecture they wanted to represent a clean, but comfortable, modern look on the inside as well. The living space which features the Saarinen Womb Chair, side table and Flos Spun Light invite you to relax and enjoy that space.

For the bedroom  they wanted to pull out the colors in their Lemons Rug and the headboard by using some artwork. They love Brian Petro’s work and felt like the pieces had a great modern, dynamic feel that would contrast with the natural setting.

The house is amazing and we are so grateful that Mike and Heidi welcomed us to feature them on our blog!



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Featured Product: Florence Knoll Executive Desk


Florence Knoll Bassett (born May 24, 1917) is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eliel Saarinen. Knoll received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Armour Institute (now Illinois Institute of Technology) in 1941 and briefly worked with leaders of the Bauhaus movement, including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and the American modernist, Wallace K. Harrison.

Nearly half of the furniture pieces in the Knoll collection were her designs including tables, stools, chairs, sofas, benches and desks. She designed furniture not only to be functional, but also to designate the way she wanted the interior space to function as well as relating to the architecture of the space and the overall composition.

This week Vastu’s featured product is Florence Knoll’s Executive Desk. This stylish yet functional piece is available in several Veneer top finishes including Natural Oak (pictured), Medium Brown Mahogany, Ebonized Oak, Light Oak, Light Walnut, Teak and Rosewood in addition to two base options in polished or satin chrome. The two pencil drawers are constructed out of solid maple lumber and the frame and legs are heavy gauge welded steel. Look like a true professional with the Florence Knoll Executive Desk!




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Designer Focus: Bernhardt Design

  • Bernhardt started as a family owned company 125 years ago and remains so today.
  • Bernhardt is divided into four divisions, with Bernhardt Design being the modern/contemporary arm of the company:
  • Residential Divisions: Bernhardt & Bernhardt Interiors
  • Commercial Divisions: Bernhardt Design & Bernhardt Hospitality
  • The manufacturing plant is located in North Carolina. Some parts are sourced internationally; however, all products are either built entirely or assembled in North Carolina.
  • Bernhardt Design places emphasis on curatorial collaborations with designers, much like Knoll & Herman Miller.

    Along with their 125th Year Anniversary, Bernhardt Design has released several new designs!


    “To mark this occasion, Bernhardt Design honors the company’s heritage with a new collection of products that underscore this artistry. Designers Ross Lovegrove, Jephson Robb and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance draw inspiration from three different traditional furniture archetypes and recreate them for today’s world. New York artist Frederick McSwain completes the celebration by paying tribute to generations of craftsmen with a series of original artwork.”

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    Happy 4th of July!


    Just a reminder that Vastu will be closing early today at 5:00PM to celebrate the holiday!

    And if you’re still in town, be sure to stop by, say hi and enjoy 10% off all in-stock accessories.



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    Neighborhood News: Tico

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    Tico, a new restaurant on 14th Street, has just opened up the street from the Vastu showroom and is serving up a fun atmosphere, delicious food and amazing cocktails.  Not to mention the over 140 selections of Tequila to choose from.  Their vast menu options include small plates, entrees and ceviche.  Conceived by Chef/Owner Michael Schlow and designed by David Manfredi of Elkus-Manfredi Architects, Tico is a new and appealing type of restaurant; American at its core, yet influenced by Schlow’s travels and admiration for Spain, Mexico and South America.

    With several other restaurants spanning the country, Michael Schlow is one of the most influential and highly acclaimed chefs in America today. His knack for being able to capture a variety of global cuisines and techniques has led to appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Nightline, Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and The Food Network.

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    Vastu Design Advice: Steven Anthony Sofas


    Dupont Sofa by Steven Anthony

    Designers go by many design principles but don’t let these principles dictate your personal space. Design for you. You want to feel comfortable in your space and when you feel comfortable, others will too. The best way to feel comfortable in your space is to have a comfortable sofa. It’s the place where most people spend their time. And that is what is amazing about Vastu, we specialize in sofas. You can get what you want. Our sofas are made to order so you change the length of any of our sofas on 6″ increments, you can choose a fabric from our vast fabric library, you can choose a leg style from what we offer, and we have many other choices that some people shopping for a sofa can not find. So please let me or any of our Designer’s assist you in designing a sofa that is stylish yet comfortable. 



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