After receiving close to 300 nominations, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles asked a panel of judges to assemble the first in an annual series spotlighting the movers and shakers defining the Atlanta style scene.
Hal Ainsworth and Winton Noah
After more than 30 years at the helm of their eponymous ADAC showroom, Ainsworth and Noah are still considered two of the country’s top purveyors to the design trade. Given the breakfasts and lunches they frequently host, the showroom at times serves as a de facto designer bottega. ainsworth-noah.com
Each year, more than 3,000 of the less fortunate look to Anderson and the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta for help in furnishing their homes. The non-profit organization provides donated furniture for the once-homeless who have since found housing, as well as storage space for the possessions of those who’ve been evicted.
William T. Baker
The residential designer is expanding his brand of classicism with big commercial and residential projects throughout China. His new book, Great American Homes (Images Publishing; $75), profiles 12 Baker-designed houses—a testament to his work’s timelessness and livability. wtbaker.com
Through her blog, Style Court, Barnes was one of the early online chroniclers of the design and art worlds, giving readers a Southerner’s perspective on both. Her thoughtful commentary and well-researched articles have earned her plum writing assignments with various national publications. stylecourt.blogspot.com
Brian Bell and David Yocum
These two wunderkind alums of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects have founded their own successful architectural firm, BLDGS (projects include residences, art galleries and a winery to boot), been featured in The New York Times Magazine, and even guest lectured at City College of New York. bldgs.org
The mastermind behind Coca-Cola’s very cool Freestyle fountain (it dispenses over 100 varieties of Coke product), Butler uses design as a way to improve the company’s bottom line. He has been responsible for updating logos, packaging and marketing tools in an effort to create a cohesive look for the brand. coca-cola.com
Taking the term multi-talented to new levels, Carpenter heads an interdisciplinary studio, Lightroom, that specializes in architecture, interior design, graphic design and film production. Did we mention that he is an author and educator, too? lightroom.tv
Colgan is the Atlanta-based partner of the powerhouse architectural firm Merrill, Pastor & Colgan, known for its work at resort towns like Seaside and Windsor. Their updated approach to traditional architecture has also won them clients in such far-flung places as Abu Dhabi and Russia. merrillpastor.com
Elayne DeLeo and Bernard McCoy
DeLeo and McCoy’s brainchild, Modern Atlanta, debuted in 2007 as a wildly popular tour of modern homes. The tour has since evolved into an annual celebration of contemporary design with week-long events honoring architecture, interiors and even fashion. modern-atlanta.org
D. Stanley Dixon
With a long list of published projects, numerous Shutze awards and even a recent appearance in a beverage company’s national advertising campaign, Dixon has quite the résumé. Just as impressive, though, is the broad spectrum of styles in which he works. dstanleydixon.com
Rustic simplicity, a hallmark of Douglass’ style, is evident in both her design work and her popular South of Market shops. With numerous shelter magazines publishing her work—including foreign titles in Russia, Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands—Douglass’ less-is-more approach to design seems to have struck a chord with an international audience, as well. southofmarket.biz
Amy Flurry and Nikki Salk
The normally placid fashion world is in a game of rock, scissor, paper to see who can win over Flurry and Salk’s exquisite cut-paper artworks. Kate Spade, Cartier and Jeffrey have all installed the duo’s whimsical paper wigs
in their boutiques, while Hermès has commissioned animal masks to be displayed in their Asian stores. Flurry and Salk have also been featured in the pages of Italian Glamour and Marie Claire Taiwan. paper-cut-project.com
One of the city’s most prolific architects, Harrison—whose firm just celebrated its 20th anniversary—recently opened an office in Shanghai. A long-time champion of classical architecture, he founded the first local chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Arts in 2005. harrisondesignassociates.com
Caroline Mae Heidenreich
While her couture and ready-to-wear lines have the fashion press buzzing (Marie Claire called her one of the most intriguing designers they had seen), it’s Heidenreich’s novel use of recyclable materials that has really made headlines: Her collections are made of vintage military parachutes. maecoutre.com
Though she officially goes by a more distinguished title—executive director of the American Society of Interior Designers, Georgia Chapter—Howard could also be called both ambassador and head cheerleader for the local design community. Many have credited her tireless efforts with helping keep designers on course during rough economic waters. asidga.org
With his classically rooted style of landscape architecture, Howard has become the designer to call when the grounds of your 1920s house need refreshing—or if you want your new house to look as though it’s been around since the 1920s. And if contemporary is more your style, he’s a whiz at that, too. howarddesignstudio.com
Not many artists can claim Charles Saatchi—one of world’s most renowned collectors—as a client, but Shara Hughes certainly can. Discovered by Saatchi early in her career, the painter has since had her work exhibited in top galleries throughout the United States and Europe. sharahughes.com
Lucy Aiken Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Dan Maas and Joe Remling
If you dine out in Atlanta, chances are you’ve seen the work of ai3. Though better known for their design work at restaurants like Holeman & Finch, Miller Union and Flip, the firm is also noted for other commercial projects, as well. ai3online.com
With some of Atlanta’s most high-profile companies as clients, the commercial real estate broker has built his business on in-town properties with curb appeal. He also moonlights as a radio host whose design- and architecture-minded show, Sidewalk Radio, airs on local AM radio. genekansas.com
With an enviable pedigree that includes a degree from Princeton and a stint with Michael Graves, Kelly has cleverly carved out a niche for himself by catering to city dwellers. His residential design firm specializes in both the architecture and interiors of lofts, condos and other urban domiciles. joelkellydesign.com
Mary Pat Matheson
Matheson has brought the national spotlight to the Atlanta Botanical Garden with recent art-centric blockbuster exhibits like “Moore in America” and “Chihuly in the Garden.” An upcoming collaboration with celebrated artist Tom Otterness should further bolster the Garden’s venerated reputation. atlantabotanicalgarden.org
Amy D. Morris
For such a young designer, Morris’ work shows a range beyond her years. It’s her remarkable ability to transform both traditional and contemporary interiors that has made Morris one of the design world’s rising talents. amydmorris.com
Steve and Marie Nygren
Thanks to its sophisticated-yet-rustic architecture and a handful of highly touted restaurants, the Nygrens’ Serenbe community might just be one of the hottest sustainable, eco-friendly developments in the country. Its popularity lies with those seeking a more urban lifestyle in a rural, green setting. serenbe.com
Oetgen may have been designing for nearly 35 years, but his work looks as fresh and daring as ever. Like all of the giants of design, he is capable of working in an array of styles—from modern in Miami and Art Deco in Manhattan to Southwest chic in Santa Fe—and he has never been one to shy away from color. oetgendesign.com
Jeff and John Portman
The elder Portman’s career is the subject of a new documentary, John Portman: A Life of Building and he’s credited with turning an early 1960s downtown Atlanta into a modern commercial district, thanks to his Peachtree Center, Hyatt Hotel and AmericasMart developments. Son Jeff now oversees the Mart and ADAC in Buckhead, both of which make Atlanta a top destination for designers and manufacturers alike.
Under her MacRae label, Prillaman has tweaked English reproduction furniture and made it seem fresh again. Her collaborations with design heavyweights like Bobby McAlpine and Robert Brown have proven popular with both designers and clients seeking tradition with a twist. hollandandcompany.com; macraedesigns.com
Many credit Quatrano and her empire of innovative restaurants with putting Atlanta on the culinary map. As an early champion of the farm-to-table movement, it could be said that the James Beard award-winning chef is Atlanta’s version of Alice Waters. starprovisions.com
Quinn is revolutionizing the design world one kitchen and bath at a time. One of the most innovative designers in his field, he recently debuted his own line of hardware, range hoods and plumbing that is making a splash.
With endeavors ranging from the new Beltline to a proposed trolley system—and even the widening of the Peachtree Road corridor—Mayor Reed understands the importance of using design, among other things, to revitalize neighborhoods and improve residents’ quality of life. atlantaga.gov
Shana Robbins and Alex Martinez
Though their mediums are different—Robbins is an acclaimed performance artist while Martinez is an in-
demand fashion photographer—together the two have become the darlings of the Atlanta art scene. They just
might be one of the city’s most artistic power couples. shanarobbins.com; amphotosite.com
Meet the man who, through his company Bobo Intriguing Objects, single-handedly brought the Belgian look stateside—and made the Wine Barrel Chandelier famous in the process. Designers aren’t his only fans; Sage recently collaborated with Restoration Hardware on a furniture collection for the retailer. bobointriguingobjects.com
As if glowing reviews in The New York Times, Bon Appetit and Esquire weren’t enough, the Miller Union chef and co-owner landed two coveted cooking assignments in the last year, cooking scalloped green tomatoes on the Martha Stewart Show and preparing a Southern feast at the James Beard House. millerunion.com
As the trendsetting owner of J. Douglas Living, his popular AmericasMart showroom, Self represents many of the hottest home furnishing lines in the country. It’s where savvy home decor retailers and designers go to buy the latest must-have pieces. jdouglasliving.com
The future of contemporary art collecting looks bright, thanks to Stanley and her burgeoning art initiative, Young Collectors Club. Each month, she introduces the group to gallerists, artists, noted collectors and curators in an effort to inform and educate the budding art patrons. marystanleystudio.com
Charged with turning around Atlantic Station’s ailing Town Center retail district, the new managing partner hopes to revitalize the development by luring the affluent, in-town shopper. Toro’s plans include adding locally owned shops and restaurants to the mix, and improving the area’s safety. atlanticstation.com
Calling himself a thrift curator, Troppy personally scours estate sales and vintage clothing stores in search of still-fashionable designer castoffs, most of which are bound for his Auburn Avenue “recycled luxury store,”
Doubletake—a one-stop shop for stylish secondhand clothing. His blog, The Thrifters, has become the de facto source for Atlanta’s savviest and most stylish shoppers. thethrifters.net; dtroppy.blogspot.com
Kathleen Walker, Michael Phillips and George Krauth
Walker and Phillips founded the Westside Urban Market just over a decade ago; since then, Phillips has joined forces with Jamestown Properties and works with his colleagues, including Krauth, on exciting projects such as the development of White Provision and the renovation of City Hall East into Ponce City Market, which has the potential to redefine in-town living for the city. westsideurbanmarket.com; whiteprovision.com; poncecitymarket.com
Forty years after running his fledgling company out of a VW Bug, Wieland is now one of Atlanta’s most successful home builders—and one of the few who survived the recent economic meltdown. His John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods have become fixtures in communities throughout the South. jwhomes.com
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