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Aiches Design

About Us

What We Do

Aiches Design takes the aesthetic sensibility and creative eye of the art museum world and translates it into interiors and fine art installations for Washington, DC, workplaces and homes. We combine fine and decorative arts and accessories and furnishings of the 18th-21st centuries in an appealing, sophisticated and relaxed manner, allowing proportion and scale to unify the interior environment.

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Alan Aiches' knowledge of art, understanding of good design as good business, and discrimination and restraint guide his approach to interiors, homes and offices, and make them places of comfort for business or pleasure. More recently, his work on exhibitions and interiors incorporates his aesthetic sensibility and creative eye, setting his designs apart from others.

How We Work

We consider the context, scale, site and budget of each project to craft elegant and comprehensive solutions. Call us for assistance with interiors, fine art acquisitions, art installations and exhibition design, color selection, styling and furnishings.

Who We Are

Alan Z. Aiches, an art museum professional for over 25 years, established Aiches Design in 1998. In addition to providing design services for Washington-area clients, Alan is an adjunct curator at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC, where he served as senior curator and organized the exhibition, Main Street Five-and-Dimes: The Architectural Heritage of S.H. Kress & Co. and its traveling components.

Photo: Diane Moretz

Since 1976, Alan has organized over 100 exhibitions of art, architecture and decorative arts. He has edited numerous exhibition catalogues and has overseen the design, production and installation of nearly 300 exhibitions, as well as conservation projects for museums and private clients. He has done interior work in offices and homes in the greater Washington, DC, area and New York City.

In 2000, he designed Where Freedom Speaks: 200 Years of the U.S. Capitol, a traveling exhibition touring all 50 state capitals, for the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. And in 2001, he designed Historical Highlights for the reception area of the Health Insurance Association of America in Washington, DC.

As chief curator at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Florida, Alan authored the Building Program for the Museum's Arata Isozaki-designed addition and the renovation of its historic 1930 Maya-influenced Art Deco landmark building by Russell Pancoast. He was the founding director of The City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Raleigh, North Carolina [now the Contemporary Art Museum], where he oversaw the Museum's development and adaptive use of a 1940 parcel post facility.

And as director of St. John's Museum of Art [now the Louise Cameron Memorial Art Museum] in Wilmington, North Carolina, Alan oversaw a program of historic preservation, restoration, renovation and reconstruction, culminating in the Museum's expansion into a complex of two historic structures, one vernacular building and several gardens.

He has a history of public service and currently chairs the Zoning Committee of the Palisades Citizens Association and the Ward 3 ANC-3D's Task Force on Zoning.

Where We Are

Aiches Design's studio is in the Myrtle Harmon House at 5839 Sherier Place NW. "The Glendale," a documented Sears and Roebuck catalogue house, was built in 1920 and is one of several catalogue houses constructed in the 5800 block of Sherier Place NW by the Harmon family during the 1920s.

Located in the Palisades, one of Washington, DC's outlying neighborhoods, the house sits in an unusual area with views that have been likened to paintings by the Precisionists Charles Sheeler, Charles Demuth and Ralston Crawford.

Bounded by the Potomac River, the industrial-like Dalecarlia Waterworks constructed in the 1920s, and the mature trees and lush landscape of the countryside, these and other qualities of small villages combined with the excitement of a large American city make for one of the most beguiling neighborhoods in the nation's capital.

Photos: Aiches Design

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