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24 Hours with David Shove-Brown

(August 2016) posted on Thu Aug 25, 2016

Up close and behind the scenes with the co-founder of Washington, D.C.’s //3877 design studio.


By Leslie Silvey

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Take a quick glimpse around the //3877 studio in Washington, D.C., and you’ll instantly know that this is not your run-of-the-mill architecture/design firm. From the urban art-inspired characters spray-painted on the walls to the “Do Cool Sh!t Every Day” sign offering the daily dose of inspo, the office’s interiors and company culture reflect the vision of one of its humorous and talented founders David Shove-Brown (who leads the firm alongside fellow co-founder David Tracz).

David Shove-Brown, partner and founder, //3877 studio

David Shove-Brown, founder and partner, //3877, Washington, D.C.  Photo: Courtesy of Maureen Shove-Brown of Silver Market Photography

Studio 3877 office

The colorful and eclectic //3877 studio. Photo: Courtesy of //3877

//3877 is the force behind an impressive hospitality portfolio that includes design of the exterior and public space prototypes for Marriott Intl.’s Moxy in Europe and creating new interiors for the Momofuku /Milk Bar brand in D.C., the acclaimed restaurants' first outposts outside of New York City.

Momofuku CCDC



Interior of //3877-designed Momofuku, CityCenter D.C. Photo: Courtesy of Gabriele Sabile

The firm also does design and architecture work for the healthcare and residential sectors in D.C. and across the country. In addition to his role as //3877 partner, Shove-Brown is a guest faculty member of Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning, husband, father of a busy six-year old (and dog dad to Harley the Vizsla) and an avid runner and sports fan who counts the Washington-based Capitals, Nationals, United and Redskins along with soccer teams AS Roma and FC Barcelona among his favorites.

Phoenix Park guest room designed by //3877

Guest room at Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. with interiors designed by //3877. Photo: Courtesy of //3877

Juggling all of the above involves copious amounts of coffee (good thing he has mad barista skills - having recently completed a professional espresso and milk frothing class), a creative mindset and a great sense of humor!

We shadowed Shove-Brown at his Georgetown office recently to see what gets his design mojo going and what makes for a typical (if there’s even such a thing) day in his shoes:

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