2019 Designer Showcase at Columbus Museum of Art: A Fantasy for Design Lovers

Sherry Beck Paprocki

Vivid colors, unique furnishings and audacious accent pieces teased the senses of visitors at last spring’s Designer Showcase at the Columbus Museum of Art. Sponsored biennially by the Women’s Board since 1975, this year’s event was scheduled in a wing of the museum that was divided to become easily imaginable rooms in one of Central Ohio’s more fantastical homes.

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Those who love design need not look any further for inspiration. Rich, dark hues were lacquered onto walls and woodwork, converting rooms to studies in monochromatic color. Floral-on-floral patterns hinted at the return of chintz. Furnishings, artwork and accessories—even a completed library stuffed with real books—gave clues that décor may be heading old-school in months to come despite updated furnishings recognizable from Restoration Hardware and other shops.

Kudos go to the 14 local designers in this year’s show, who used precious time to share their creations and to the volunteers who staffed the month long event, allowing guests to immerse themselves in these creative spaces.