Photo by Sarah Voisin/The Washington Post
The big news in Takoma Park, MD these days is the opening of the Republic Restaurant, a place for fine dining and lovely décor, just a few doors down from our shop.
S & A Beads is proud to have had a hand in enhancing the décor, in particular the distinctive lamps that hang above the bar. The metal base of the lamp shades pictured here were found by one of the restaurant’s owners in an antique store some years ago. They evidently were parts of World War II airplane fuselages. These found objects found a new purpose as lamp shades when the restaurant opened. To balance the distinctly masculine character of the metal pieces, restaurant interior designer Molly Allen decided to add short strings of glass beads with a deep red and crystal theme. And she called upon S & A Beads to help her realize her vision.
Our Senior Artist, Cheryl Moody, fabricated 250 small strands, no two of which are the same, with each strand length varying, giving an overall wave effect. She was ably assisted by S & A Beads’ Emily Silverman and Carlista Martin. The beads add sparkle and femininity to the lamps, reflect the brilliant color palette of the entire restaurant, and echo the unique Takoma Park vibe.
Beaded lamps feature colors of deep red, clear crystal, blush pink, iridescent lavender, enameled cloisonné beads, brass and silver wire wrapping, and Austrian and Chinese leaded glass crystals, in pear shapes, tear drops and faceted spheres.
We are grateful to the Republic for giving us the chance to help solve their design and ornamentation challenges.
|Some other unique restaurants within a short walk from our shop are:|
|Capital City Cheesecake|
Middle East Cuisine & Olive Lounge
|Roscoe's Neapolitan Pizzeria|
So when you visit us at S & A Beads in Takoma Park, MD, whether to browse our fabulous collection or to solve your own design challenges, why not make a day of it with a fine meal!
Happy 2014 everybody!
6929 Laurel Ave. Takoma Park, M.D.