BY KARA MANOS | May 16, 2011 | Style & Beauty
The bachelor pad master suite
The bar and dining area of the hi-tech bachelor pad
A close-up of the bar and dining area
The spa bath from the bachelor pad
Farah clutch from Ita: The Collection
Rouzita and Bita Vahhabaghai
Sisters first, entrepreneurs second: Bita and Rouzita Vahhabaghai are taking the local design scene by storm, dreaming up stylish and savvy ideas for homes, interiors, even fashion.
Graphic designer Bita and her sister, Rouzita, who has a background in architecture, are combining their talents on home-design projects with their company, Ita-Design, where they play off one another’s strengths (not to mention their names)—an obvious natural asset for the pair, who share a tight bond. “We’re really good at finishing each other’s ideas,” Rouzita says.
However, the Vahhabaghai sisters do like to escape their comfort zone on occasion, mainly to brainstorm. This often means perusing galleries and coffee shops, or taking weekly trips to New York City, where the film and art scenes serve as inspiration. “Capturing people” within the framework of architecture particularly interests Rouzita; the hows and whys infiltrate her perception and process.
For both, it’s the client needs that take a front seat. When three young male entrepreneurs needed a hip and hi-tech bachelor pad, Bita and Rouzita set to work creating a lounge-style suite, complete with iPhones that double as remote controls and an Xbox system that appears through the mirror in a bathroom. “It was a smart home system,” Bita explains. Their home-style solutions have even been known to push design boundaries. Describing the challenge of designing a room for another client, this time for two young sisters, Bita relays, “We took the attic and split it down the middle, giving them their own private spaces divided by a garden of faux grass and flowers.”
On the horizon are plans to launch a line of handbags this season, followed eventually by a lifestyle brand of fashion and home products called Ita: The Collection. Yet despite all this, Bita and Rouzita still find time to run Capitol PechaKucha, the DC chapter of the nonprofit organization that holds quarterly events for creatives who want to share their work and ideas, network and source jobs, and foster collaboration. Suffice it to say, the Vahhabaghai sisters are an ambitious duo, and while they’ve already changed the look of certain corners of the city, there’s no telling what’s in store. 1300 13th St. NW, Ste. 505, 202-518-0805
|The exterior of a Georgetown home the sisters redesigned|
A Few Favorites
Bita and Rouzita may be sisters, but that doesn’t mean they enjoy the same things.
Playing on your iPod right now
Rouzita: Muse and Morcheeba
Favorite place to shop in DC
Bita: Redeem and Annie’s Creamcheese
Rouzita: Hu’s Wear
Favorite dining spot
Bita: Bistro du Coin and Moby Dick
Rouzita: Rasika and Cava Mezze
Bita: Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou and AllSaints
Rouzita: Hussein Chalayan, Viktor & Rolf, DSquared2 and Alexander McQueen
Bita: Carlo Scarpa, Ball-Nogues Studio and Zaha Hadid
Rouzita: Jean Nouvel, Bjarke Ingels, Herzog & DeMeuron and Rem Koolhaas
PHOTOGRAPH BY GREG POWERS (VAHHABAGHAI)