DDC Celebrates 25 Years of Modern European Design in New York City

Nader Hakakian ran a successful furniture business in prerevolutionary Iran. But it was in 1991 New York that he founded , launching a tastemaker of modern European design. Now celebrating 25 years in the city, his sons and owners—Babak, Siamak, and Daniel Hakakian—honor their past while curating the future. After debuting uptown with Gaetano Pesce’s stainless-steel and cast-resin Broadway chair for  and Rod Arad’s chromed-steel Europa sofa for , DDC moved in 2000 to a 20,000-square-foot midtown showplace by . A Los Angeles showroom followed in 2007, the same year Massimo Castagna’s Flying Circles bookcase for hit the floor. In 2010, DDC cemented its Manhattan reputation with a second showroom, this one by . But despite their Europhilic leanings, the brothers also embrace local talents like , who uses wood reclaimed from Hurricane Sandy for her new Zenzero bench—a reinvention that should resonate with the Hakakians.

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