J Lambeth History
J Lambeth is a leading independent showroom in the Washington Design Center, and one of the original showrooms to open doors in the WDC. Our commitment to the design community is steadfast and we continue to support our industry with guest talks, trend spotting, continued education and events in our new design center location.
Founded by Jim & Ann Lambeth, as a multi-line, multi-state rep organization in the late 70’s - during a time when the industry catered to stocking dealers and large retailers; not designers. Jim, being the 4th generation in the furniture manufacturing industry and Ann, VP of Gifts & China for Dayton Hudson - soon recognized the void designers faced. Jim’s mother, Kay Lambeth, was a leading New York designer before founding Erwin-Lambeth in 1946 - so the Lambeth family understands designers.
Embracing how important the role designers impart on our industry was the motivation that Jim & Ann certainly welcomed while opening their first showroom in the Washington Design Center. They believed so much in supporting the design community that they devoted their time out of the showroom focused on education, events, showhouses, philanthropic causes and charity events that shined the light on our industry. They both quietly mentored new designers and were rewarded immensely by simply by watching those careers soar. Jim & Ann have been lifelong champions of this industry, and have treasured every minute.
Based on the principles established over the last 30+ years, relationships, design integrity and quality are the pinnacles of the lines we proudly show. We have partnered with the best companies in the design industry. Our family of vendors offer the finest quality and timeless design in every piece crafted, woven, forged or screened. We offer the very best in textiles, wallcovering, trims, furniture, upholstery, casegoods, mirrors and lighting. Texture, pattern, color and diversification allows you to easily make selections for your projects. Our staff will assist you in resourcing the very best in design innovation for your client projects. We make is simple, for you.
On a more personal note, to all of our design friends: as we enter this next chapter in our history, a heart felt thank you. Were it not for you, we would not have had the pleasure of, oh, these many years together. We share a vision, a bond and a passion for an industry that is like no other. We are excited to embark together on the design future and we can’t wait to see what we can do together next!
And by the way, if we haven’t met you yet, please, do drop in - we’d love to get to know you!
A mentor and a muse, a mover and a shaker, she was so much to so many and will be dearly missed and remembered in our hearts forever. There only was and ever will be one Ann Lambeth. In honor of her dedication to this industry, the J Lambeth Memorial Scholarship was established to continue her inspiration for the designers of tomorrow.
It would be our honor for you to share in tomorrow’s design legacies with your contribution.