Trumps pick firm to design furniture for Old Post Office Pavilion – Washington Post

Donald Trump’s latest Washington project got further underway this week.

The real estate magnate and aspiring presidential candidate’s company has selected a provider to furnish the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue as it undergoes a $200 million renovation to become a luxury hotel.

Blue Leaf Hospitality, a Miami-based small business which specializes in furniture for the hospitality industry, will create custom furniture for guestrooms and public spaces in the new Trump International Hotel, the company said.

That includes furniture for 270 rooms and 39,000 square feet of meeting and event space in the new hotel. The project also includes furniture for the Post Office’s 13,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which will become its signature meeting space when it opens for business next year.

The ballroom will feature “classical motifs with European influences,” according to the Trumps’ Web site. Blue Leaf’s work is set to include “hand-carved woods, high-quality veneers, and antique gold leaf accents,” the company said in a statement.

Blue Leaf did not provide details about the cost of the project.

This isn’t the company’s first time working with the Trumps.

Stan Shockley, a former restaurateur and sales manager who leads Blue Leaf, said the relationship started when his firm snagged a contract to furnish the Trump National Hotel in Doral, Fla., back in 2012.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka was not satisfied with the original contractor, Shockley said, which opened up a window of opportunity for the firm.

“I offered to make the samples for them at no charge since I had the confidence that we would be able to win the project,” Shockley said in an e-mail. “We did about $30,000 of sample pieces and won the project. That relationship parlayed into this project in D.C. where we’re currently manufacturing all of the vanities for the guestrooms.”

The firm designed custom furniture for the 800-acre Florida hotel over the course of three years. Here’s a sample:

Both Trump and daughter Ivanka have stated that the Post Office project is close to the family. Trump recently revealed that he had invested $42 million of his own money in the renovation.

Blue Leaf’s past projects include One UN New York, a luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan, and the Conrad Seoul in South Korea. The firm also has an office in Vietnam.

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