Our newest Name to Know, Ann Blackwell, of the recently opened Well Built (pictured below at 14th and Q Street) is fast becoming a go to source for stylish and sustainable alternatives to furniture design in the District. DCMetrocentric recently spoke with Ann about her new venture and the state of DC’s furniture industry.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and Well Built.
Design has held a constant presence throughout my career. I have worked in fashion, marketing and urban redevelopment and have studied modern art, architecture, and interior design. Those years of dialogue and my time with Design Within Reach polished my ideals for space and objects; hence Well Built, my modern furniture store with a sustainable mission and philosophy.
What made you decide to leave Design Within Reach and branch out on your own?
While running the Georgetown studio I had become a LEED [Accredited Professional] and worked with Design Within Reach’s executive team and vendors on sustainability knowledge and practices. There was only so far the company would move in that direction – I felt compelled to bring forward better products – either long lasting and/or domestically made.
After a few weeks on the job, what has surprised you the most about running your own shop?
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