This oral history is taken from a piece compiled by Margot Weller for the Atlanta-based nonprofit Art Papers. Excerpts of previously unpublished interviews appear again here with Knoll’s permission.
The story of midcentury modernism in America is inconceivable without Knoll, the furnishings and textiles company founded by Hans Knoll in 1938 and joined by Florence Knoll in 1941.
It’s a labor of love
We’d talked about moving to the country, each of us giving up our single homes. And it was on a summer night in my Marietta apartment eight years ago that we agreed to look for a farm, during a meal of halibut, figs with goat cheese, and a fresh arugula salad.
Atlanta architect Timothy Adams incorporated a gunite pool to add a calming, cool element
Any outdoor room is nice, but a courtyard scores extra points. “It’s an exterior space that’s cozy and private,” says Atlanta architect Timothy Adams, whose patio design in Watercolor, Florida, is surrounded by the house.
Decorator Jennifer Healey created an attractive, functional space in her Ardmore Park home
Decorator Jennifer Healey had an “aha” moment when she decided to convert a small former dining area into a home office for her family of four. Because the space opens to both the kitchen and family room, it needed to be attractive as well as efficient.
They include Billy Reid, Vilebrequin, and Italian house Les Copains
The list of retailers continues to grow at the ritzy Buckhead Atlanta development, and we’ve got the scoop.
Interior designer Brooke Brantley Merrill balances formality and coziness in her Macon home
Interior designer Brooke Brantley Merrill and her husband, David, love their circa-1884 house in Macon, but the two are not wed to period decor. Their updated but classic approach is apparent the moment guests walk through the front door.
Designer Lindsey Hene creates a travel-inspired guest space
Amanda Watkins and Dan Barracliff travel often, staying in swanky hotels when they can. Their challenge to interior designer Lindsey Hene: Give the guest bedroom of their Brookhaven townhome the wow factor of a destination like Asheville’s Grand Bohemian or a W Hotel.
The Suwanee home runs a fine line between family-casual and country-club-sophisticated
Catie and Jeff Francoeur have known each other since third grade and started dating at Parkview High School in Lilburn. So even though Jeff’s career as a professional baseball player takes the couple all over the country (he’s currently with the San Diego Padres organization), Atlanta is their sanctuary.
TerraCotta Properties remodels a forclosed, vacant house with rich colors and imaginative details
Don’t let the front of this Decatur cottage deceive you. Inside, streamlined spaces accented with rich colors and imaginative details create a sophistication that belies the modest exterior. “This was definitely an example of making lemonade out of lemons,” says architect/designer Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson of TerraCotta Properties.