Designs in Charge
Vesta Proves to be more than Accessible Luxury
By Jeanette Dove

The Roman goddess of home and hearth ruled over domestic life and is said to be the inventor of domestic architecture. While this Roman goddess - known as Vesta - remains a legacy as the dweller of every inner part of a home and fireplace, a luxury retail store, Vesta commences their own modern legacy by offering contemporary-luxury design in the Washington, D.C. area. Vesta, a retail boutique with over 7,500 square-feet in showroom is located in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Va. just minutes away from the nation’s capital. There you can find luxury home furnishings manufactured in Turkey to accents by Italian fashion designer, Giorgio Armani. In an area where traditional and conservative homes have quickly transformed into urban lofts with New York-flare, Vesta has successfully brought style, warmth and modernism to the scene.

Power Team:
Talented and Young Entrepreneurs Join Forces

Six years ago, a showroom named Atmosphère opened in San Juan, Puerto Rico offering sleek Turkish furniture, European fabrics and a whole lot of style by three young and talented entrepreneurs. Sabi Benardete, creative designer of Atmosphère, born in Turkey and educated in Switzerland joined forces with his Puerto Rican wife, Lichelle and her best-friend Georgie Benardete who also married Sabi’s cousin, Jak. With Sabi’s creative abilities, Lichelle’s dynamic way of putting things together, Georgie’s business perception and Jak’s occasional consultation (Jak is a clothing manufacturer in Turkey for labels such as Zara, Adidas and H&M), this powerful trio sought a change in urban home design.

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