While all industries have been postponing physical events due to mandated social distancing measures, designers have adapted quickly and pivoted to virtually showcasing work in exciting ways. The latest innovator to create an immersive digital experience is 1stdibs, the fine art, antiques, and jewelry online marketplace with a loyal following in the A&D community. 1stdibs Virtual Showhouse: Iconic Spaces Reimagined puts the creative visions of design industry leaders on full display with a contemporary iteration of the showhouse model.
Ten designers, including Hall-of-Famer Lee Mindel, Nicole Fuller, and Gil Melott, each with their own distinct taste and style, gave an artistic facelift to an iconic room they've always adored. Free to re-interpret the space with a new, personal viewpoint by drawing inspiration from any era's furniture, lighting, decor, wallcoverings, floorings, and more, the designers' craftiness is on full display with production notes included as part of the showhouse experience. The rooms offer a global perspective, drawing on the ancient baths of Pompeii and Gaudí's Loft in Casa Batlló to name a few.
"We’re delighted to launch a virtual showhouse, giving design lovers from around the world the opportunity to see the magic that interior designers can create when they have no constraints to their imaginations or budget," says Anthony Barzilay Freund, editorial director and director of fine art at 1stdibs. The website also features curated items from their inventory allowing showhouse visitors to shop for art and furniture inspired by each reimagination.