Mission

The Seattle Design District Association (SDDA) is charged with promoting and enhancing the Seattle Design District to foster a community among the businesses, shops and showrooms by creating a must-go destination for all aspects of the home design, furnishing and construction process.

The Seattle Design District is the hub for all things “interior design” and related fields in Seattle!  Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, the Seattle Design District is home to dozens of unique home furnishings showrooms and shops as well as the Seattle Design Center – the largest designer resource in the Pacific Northwest, representing thousands product lines of home accessories, textiles, furniture and decor.

History

Dallas, Texas (Slocum Street) and Miami, Florida (Miami Design District) have both created similar organizations that are hugely successful. Dixie and Jay Stark witnessed the transformation of the Dallas design district, envisioned a similar path and outcome here in Seattle. They organized the first meeting in April 2009 and officially founded the SDDA on October 1, 2009.

The Future

SDDA believes neighborhood enhancement and beautification is an important step toward establishing the area as a design-related shopping destination. Our current goals include safer pedestrian traffic (sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic lights or turnabouts), signage, better parking, public art, and other area enhancements.

Preliminary membership recruiting has focused on architecture and design (A&D) businesses, whether open to trade, consumers or both. A large part of the district as a design destination includes restaurants, retail businesses and other non-A&D establishments where design trade professionals and consumers will explore, shop and dine while in the neighborhood—get them here and keep them here. These restaurant/retail businesses will be targeted as a constituent member group after membership in the A&D category has been better established. Beyond trade or retail showrooms, we will also pursue designers, architects and builders as a separate membership category.