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A new design store, Foundry, has just opened its doors, but this one is a little different. It is owned by one of the founders of the Freeman Development Group that has had their hand in a number of residential projects around town. And, no, it isn’t a delicatessen also. That’s just one of the vintage signs they have for sale.
Recognized DC designer, Yvette Freeman, is bringing her interior decorating flare to the U Street corridor. Freeman, design principal of the family-owned Freeman Development Group, opened today Foundry: Past, Present and Possible – a new furniture boutique offering vintage, antique, industrial, reclaimed and repurposed finds for the home. Freeman is renowned in the DC area for converting historical homes into sleek condos discovered the perfect street-level retail space to display and sell her collections at 1522 U Street, NW. The 1,200-square-foot Foundry home furnishings store is open Thursdays – Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and by appointment.
Freeman, known for her comfortably eclectic design aesthetic, has a penchant for rescuing homes and furnishings alike from the brink of extinction and the furniture and accessories showcased at Foundry will too have a second act. While traveling the globe in search of the perfect décor discoveries, Freeman views Foundry as the quintessential Parisian Flea Market that will offer unique possessions and beautiful keepsakes for every shopper.
“The 14th and U Street corridor is arguably D.C.’s premier furniture shopping ground zero and Foundry nicely complements this home furnishings neighborhood,” says Freeman. “Foundry’s beautiful reclaimed objects will breath new life in the homes of Washingtonians and visitors alike.”
Foundry is named in honor after Freeman’s father who spent years working at a pattern shop, formally known as a foundry. Current notable pieces at Foundry include a ‘70s movie theater seats from Chicago, a ‘60s dresser painted with the Union Jack flag, an old steel railroad cart that weighs close to 400lbs and a ‘70s faded burgundy leather “lawyer” sofa. Other notable items include a multi-pronged meat hook from a Cincinnati butcher shop, antique linen and burlap chairs, and a collection of antique print letters from an actual Chicago Tribune printing press.