Spanish showroom event to open at former Ambassadors' Residence

Spanish design and product display also showcases historic 16th Street mansion. Photo: S.O.S Office Showroom brochure cover art

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2013 – Typically, this column highlights old museums, new museums, and interesting upcoming exhibits in both venues. But this week, we’d like to draw your attention to a museum-like show and exhibit in DC that’s a little off the beaten path, a dual presentation entitled “S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom and Crafts & Talent from Spain.” The first half of this title describes an exhibit of contemporary Spanish-designed office furniture that’s now available for ordering on this side of the pond, while the second half focuses on an exhibit of new Spanish designed craft products.

Here for a limited time, another highlight of this dual exhibit is its venue, the beautiful former residence of the Spanish Ambassadors located right in the heart of the District. Not only was this historic, eclectic Beaux-Arts mansion built under the supervision of Mary Foote Henderson, the entrepreneurial wife of Missouri Senator John Brooks Henderson, one of the early originators of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery. It was initially intended to be used as the Vice Presidential Residence. It was eventually purchased by Spain, however, and housed that country’s ambassador for some sixty years before a new residence was constructed on Foxhall Road.

Now the Embassy of Spain, together with the Spain-USA Foundation, is working to convert the older building into a unique, historic venue that will be used to host events like the current exhibit, adding the home’s distinctive architectural attraction as a backdrop for each function.

The Office Showroom portion of this month’s event is a collaboration between S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom—a permanent showroom of Spanish workplace furniture, light fixtures, and other complementary objects—and Apartment Zero, a DC-based store and design studio focusing on contemporary furniture, furnishings and design. The idea behind this exhibit, as described in its promotional brochure, is to highlight “how the creativity of contemporary Spanish design adapts itself to any office environment.”

On display is “award-winning office furniture created by established Spanish designers Jaime Hayón, Patricia Urquiola, Luis Eslava, Joan Gaspar, Antoni Arola and others, as well as the most innovative Spanish firms such as BD Barcelona (, Dynamobel (, Gandia Blasco (, LZF lighting (, Metalarte (, Santa & Cole (, and Uno Design (, to name a few.”

Concurrent with this exhibit, Spain Arts & Culture also presents Crafts & Talent From Spain, an exhibit featuring “handcrafted products exclusively designed” for the organization “by some of the most talented new Spanish creative brands.” Featured brands include peSeta (fabric products), Loreak Mendian (streetware with Basque roots, inspired by contemporary arts and culture), and Toormix (a creative design, branding, and graphics firm).

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All exhibited items and many others are available for order or purchase. For inquiries about S.O.S featured products, interested individuals may contact Apartment Zero at 703-538-2309 or by emailing them at

Items associated with the Craft & Talents exhibits are available for purchase via a link to SpainCulture.

Both showrooms are open to the public on Fridays from June 14, 2013 to June 13, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, which is located north of Meridian Hill Park between Fuller and Harvard Sts, NW.

From July onward, visits can still be scheduled by appointment by emailing

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Now writing on investing, politics, music, movies and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was formerly the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2009) before moving online with Communities in 2010.  



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