Expect smoke and mirrors at Made Goods’s new showroom—that is, smoky hues and the brand’s hallmark statement mirrors. Open now in a 5,000-square-foot space at ADAC, the Los Angeles-based shop features home collections that put a perfect twist on classic pieces using rare materials, unusual proportions, and artsy details. Think: faux shagreen dressers and chandeliers appointed with oyster shells. Find novelty pieces like a gold-leaf mirror framed by reclaimed driftwood, plus items from its two sister brands: Blue Pheasant (mix-and-match table toppers) and Pigeon & Poodle (luxury home accessories). madegoods.com
This article appears in our Spring 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.
Albert Kriemler, designer and creative director for Swiss fashion house Akris, is associated more with European minimalism than folksy American midcentury modern. But on a 2016 visit to the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, Kriemler was bowled over by the vibrant printed linens, handcrafted wooden sculptures, and abstract paintings he saw in the exhibition Alexander Girard. A Designer’s Universe. Girard—an architect and interior and industrial designer also known as Sandro—was prolific, creating furniture, art, and residential designs, though he was best known for his textiles for Herman Miller.
From clean lines to graphic prints, abstract to literal, Akris’s spring collection draws inspiration from Girard’s architectural renderings, sketches, and sculpture—particularly the playful wooden dolls he originally designed in 1963 for his own Santa Fe home. Part art and part toy, the retro dolls capture Girard’s fun-filled and whimsical design approach. According to Kriemler, the two designers share a mission of making everyday life more enjoyable and beautiful. “This is how objects become messengers between creators who never met,” Kriemler says. The fashion collection is available at the Akris boutique in the Shops Buckhead Atlanta this spring. akris.ch
This article appears in our Spring 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.
Minimalist yet experimental, humorous yet chic, and exceptionally visionary, Joris Laarman’s technology-driven furniture reimagines Dutch interior design. From a “living” lampshade made of genetically modified cells to Nintendo Rococo-style tables composed of metal pixels, the Joris Laarman Lab elevates engineering into an art form. Curated by the Groningen Museum in the Netherlands, the Design in the Digital Age exhibition opens at the High Museum of Art this Sunday and runs through May 13.
The lab partners with engineers, scientists, and programmers to focus on both the process and the final product of art—shown throughout the exhibition with interactive videos, prints, and prototypes. Unlike other modernists, Laarman works between the space of the industrial and digital revolution, shifting the idea from mass production to mass personalization. His art embraces new ideas such as 3D printing, algorithm-derived designs, and new eco-friendly materials with influence from historical styles and developing his own.
Sustainability guides his designs. For example, using 3D printing, DIY Makerchairs can be printed and assembled at home. With a range of personalization and colors options, anyone can print the open-source puzzle pieces and built original furniture. When a new inspiration strikes, the plastic polymer can be blended and melted for reuse.
Focusing on the beauty in everyday object, Joris Laarman transforms a functional wall radiator into a curvaceous Baroque wall piece, marrying the ideas of form and function.
You’ll also see where art nouveau meets nature and the future—the Laarman’s iconic Bone Chair uses the similar growth patterns of trees and bones to carve out the areas of support from a block of molten metal. The software, developed by Laarman, mimics nature’s way shifting support of bones.
A highlight of the series, the Nintendo Rococo-style chairs bring digital to reality. Named for its highly ornamental Rococo-inspired design, the tables are built of “voxels” or real-life 3D metal pixels to create structure with forms from Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers adorning the edges.
Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley takes a trip down south with her first Georgia boutique, now open at the Shops Buckhead Atlanta. As one of five pop-up shops across the country (other in Miami, Palm Beach, Los Angeles), Rowley’s nomadic business structure is as far reaching as the name of her new CaliYork collection implies.
Along with her ready-to-wear collections and signature accessories from partner brands, Rowley has fun and colorful dressing down to a fine art. With the holidays just around the corner, Rowley shared her holiday must-haves, upcoming trends, and fitness motivators—all available at her new boutique.
Millennial pink is everywhere—from nail polish to handbags to hair color to tequila, and now lighting. The warm pink glow inside the Cynthia Rowley shop contrasts the outside chills and perfectly accents the shiny baubles, silk dresses, and art in the boutique. Provided by Exhibition A, the art site Rowley co-founded with husband, Bill Powers, the shop also sells museum-quality contemporary pieces curated for the “endless summer” aesthetic. Including the work of both emerging and established artists, the available-for-sale art makes a perfect gift or decor inspiration.
More is more, especially for accessories
“We’re definitely in a more-is-more moment,” Rowley says, and “maximalism” appears to be the next trend to try. That’s no challenge with the shop’s assortment of colorful satin head ties, Gatti brand jewels, bucket hats, and funky accessories like silver bangles that double as flasks. Leave no rhinestone unturned; being extra is in.
#Fitspo: surfer girls
Rowley’s spring swim collection (in store now) bring more of the surfer-chic vibes. A mix of clean lines, flattering silhouettes, and trendy floral prints bring the balance of sporty and feminine. “We’ve been mixing function and fashion in swim and apparel, and since we’re known for prints, mixing all of these elements together felt very natural,” says Rowley.
In addition to the embellished lamé dresses and ruffled blouses, the shop is lined with graphic prints and sassy sayings. The CR X Lingua Franca collaboration offers embroidered cashmere sweatshirts with loopy stitching reading “beat the system,” “cool like that,” “the future is female,” “original gangsta,” and “who run the world?” The knits are as versatile as they are fresh. “They work as well with a luxe skirt or your favorite pair of jeans,” Rowley notes.
From riding waves to riding tandem, sometimes the outfit makes the workout worth it. “When I have cute new workout gear, it makes me want to get out and get active,” says Rowley. With stylish bikes from Martone for purchase in store, you can hit the road (or the BeltLine) whenever the mood strikes (or the outfit matches). “To me, they’re the most deluxe bikes made,” Rowley says. With a variety of vibrant color options, the classic handlebar and basket duo will be perfect for those summer sunset ‘grams.
Reindog Parade When: Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden Cost: $18 per dog Details: Grab your dog for a walk—or strut—through the gardens in an adorable costume contest. Dogs (and owners!) can compete in categories like having the best botanical costume, being the best owner-dress-alike, or being the best dog pack. With a packed pooch parade, prizes, and visit from Saint Nick, you’ll be sure to get a great Christmas card photo opp.
Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns When: Through December 3 Where: Fox Theatre Cost: $66-$164 Details: The love story continues with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to Phantom of the Opera. Love Never Dies follows the Phantom and Christine from Paris to New York where the Phantom brings her and their son Gustave to Coney Island to perform in a show. Directed by a new Australian creative team including 2011 Astaire Award winner Graeme Murphy, the play’s score is something to behold.
Children’s Christmas Parade When: Saturday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. Where: Peachtree and 16th Street Cost: Free Details: A family favorite, the Children’s Healthcare Hospital of Atlanta’s Christmas parade transforms Midtown into the north pole. You can have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus before the parade and enjoy presentations from the lovable characters of the Center for Puppetry Arts. The parade includes all the classics with marching bands, inflatable balloon characters, and live TV broadcast.
SEC Championship UGA vs. Auburn When: Saturday, December 2 at 4 p.m. Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Cost: Sold out Details: Get in the fighting spirit as Auburn and Georgia face off and compete for the title of SEC champion. In their 26th year, this is the first time it will be hosted in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game is certified sold out, but Atlantans should hit up their local sports bar (or one of several downtown) to cheer on the Dawgs—you can’t miss this border bash.
Tree lighting at the Battery When: Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m. Where: The Battery Cost: Free Details: Swing by the Battery for its first annual Christmas tree lighting, followed by a screening of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Also be sure to bundle up for the ice-skating rink, sip on hot coco, and pay a visit to Old Saint Nick. A few special guests (read: Braves players) might make an appearance, too.
There’s no question where Neely and Chloe Burch got their style. The sisters, who started an eponymous line of handbags and shoes, can call Tory Burch their aunt (their uncle J. Christopher Burch founded C.Wonder, and their cousins Louisa and Pookie Burch founded Trademark). Their new accessories line is flying off shelves into the hands of everyone from millennials to their mothers, thanks to their classic leather staples, comfy suede loafers, and affordable price point.
Following their recent cross-country tour in a renovated and totally chic vintage Airstream trailer, the designers are making their way back to the Westside Provisions District to host a pop-up shop just in time for the holidays—this time in their first brick-and-mortar boutique.
The sisters are breaking into the retail industry at full-speed. Since the brand’s launch last September, they have been listed in Forbes’ 30 under 30, featured in Vogue, and sold out their staple suede No. 33 Market Tote as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.
Clean lines and versatile designs are hallmarks of their handbag collection, but the pop-up will offer plenty of ways to amp up accessories through bespoke customization. With in-store leather embossing, hand-painted monograms, and lots of whimsical interchangeable gold charms, you can dress up or dress down the bags based on mood or style.
“Stay tuned for some special days with complimentary embossing,” hints Neely.
As for inspiration? The apple doesn’t fall far from the fashionable family tree.
“We couldn’t image a better role model than Tory. She works incredibly hard, and we do our best to emulate her drive and dedication in everything we do,” Chloe says.
The minimalist brand, which practices a direct-to-consumer model, guarantees the best quality accessories straight from suppliers—all at the more affordable price point of $300 or less. Along with leather-bound planners, canvas travel bags set, and tasseled luggage tags, the streamlined collection is centered for women on-the-go.
“I’m personally very excited about our new vanity set. It’s more structured than your typical makeup case, which makes it perfect for packing makeup and jewelry—which I always worry will get crushed in my stuffed suitcase,” says Neely.
The pop-up opens later this month next to Warby Parker, and will stay open seven days a week through the holidays. As for possible permanent store expansions, the sisters aren’t committing to anything just yet.
“Atlanta loves us and we love Atlanta, but we can’t share all our secrets just yet. You’ll have to wait and see,” Chloe says.
Boo at the Zoo When: October 21 to 22, 28 to 29, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Zoo Atlanta Cost: $17 to $23 Details: The annual festival brings the kid-friendly fun of Zoo Boo Town back with pumpkin carvings, train rides, storybook character meet-and-greets, an inflatable corn maze, and more. Watch as animals are fed their special Halloween treats, and don’t forget your costume!
Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade When: October 21, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Moreland and Euclid Avenues Cost: Free Details: The 17th annual festival features live entertainment, an artists’ market, and plenty of food and beer. The costume parade, which starts at 4 p.m. along Euclid Ave, is packed with zombies, fairies, and everything in between, attracting over 35,000 every year. Arrive early for a good spot.
Pumpkin Festival When: Through October 29 Where: Stone Mountain Park Cost: starting at $28 Details: The Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival offers kids’ favorites like inflatables, carnival rides, a pie-eating contest, and a pumpkin patch. At night, the storytellers guide families through the lantern-lit “Tour of Southern Ghosts” with new spooky stories each night.
Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival When: October 27, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; October 28 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Kennesaw State Sports and Entertainment Park Cost: $14 Details: Enjoy breathtaking views from 2,000 feet above on a tethered balloon ride, or if you’d prefer to stay on the ground, this Kennesaw festival features seven stages of concerts, aerial performances, a costume catwalk contest, and much more.
Fernbank BOO-seum Trick or Treat When: October 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History Cost: from $16 Details: The Fernbank Museum hosts an afternoon of science-themed Halloween games, treats, a screening of the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and of course, a costume contest.
The Sleepy Hollow Experience When: Through November 5 Where: Serenbe Playhouse Cost: starting at $25 Details: This adaptation by Brian Clowdus immerses the audience into the scare with this participatory theater production, complete with a headless horsemen sighting and live horses. Too creepy for little ones? There is also a daytime option for families.
Clubesque Halloween Show When: October 31, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Where: City Winery at Ponce City Market Cost: $25 to 40 Details: Flashback to the disco days as City Winery turns into Studio 54 for a Halloween extravaganza. The evening, hosted by Atlanta drag queen Nicole Paige Brooks, features live music, dancing, drag performances, burlesque, aerialists, and contortionists. Arrive early for dinner beforehand to listen to local soul artist Macy Todd.
The Ghastly Dreadfuls When: October 11 to October 28 Where: Center for Puppetry Arts Cost: $25 Details: The Ghastly Dreadfuls rise from the grave to tell spooky stories and sing songs with their puppets. This undead jamboree features eight different types of puppetry styles and has become a local cult favorite.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show When: October 19 to November 5 Where: Out Front Theatre Company Cost: $15-$25 Details: Grab your best sequined frock and get ready to do the Time Warp Again alongside this live performance of the cult classic musical and holiday staple, performed by Atlanta’s new LGBTQ theater company, Out Front.
Netherworld Haunted House When: Through November 5 Where: 6624 Dawson Boulevard, Norcross Cost: Starting at $23 Details: At their final year in the current location (expanding to Stone Mountain in 2018), Georgia’s most famous haunted house boasts two new attractions: Primal Scream, which is full of nature’s monsters, and Mr. Grendel’s 3-D Fun House of Horrors, open every night of the week.
Lawrenceville Ghost and Haunted Cemetery Tours When: Through October 31 Where: Aurora Theatre Cost: $20 Details: In the mood for a thrill that doesn’t involve someone in a silicon mask jumping out at you? Head to Lawrenceville for a nightime walk where you can listen to storytellers spin yarns of the paranormal while touring spooky spots like the old jail. Or opt for a guided tour of the cemetery to look for ghosts. Don’t forget a flashlight!
13 Stories Haunted House When: Through November 4 Where: 320 Temple Avenue West, Newnan Cost: Starting at $15 Details: Rated as one of the Top 10 Scariest Haunted Houses by USA Today, this attraction is so intense that it requires you sign a a “sacrifice waiver” before entering. From a zombie apocalypse experience that lets you kill the undead with laser guns to “Clown Town,” this attraction is not for the faint of heart.
Atlanta Horror Film Festival When: October 19 to 22 Where: Synchronicity Theatre Cost: $10 to $60 Details: Independent filmmakers celebrate the horror genre by showcasing their best works. Organized by block, each section has a different theme to play on your worst fears—then vote on your favorite to help choose the audience’s choice award.
Frightful foodie fun
Sunday Supper South When: October 29, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Where: Ponce City Market Cost: From $250 Details: Preparing dishes under the theme of arachnophobia, award-winning Southern chefs will create a festive family-style meal to benefit the James Beard Foundation and nutrition education. The opening cocktail reception features local star chefs such as Kevin Gillespie, Ford Fry, and Hector Santiago.
Boos and Brews When: October 28, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: Center Stage, Vinyl, The Loft Cost: $15 to $55 Details: Grab your best costume for the 8th annual beer festival. With five different costume awards, live music, and a DJ, you can sip and dance the night away.
Day of the Dead Halloween Party When: October 28, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Where: The Roof at Ponce City Market Cost: $35 to $50 Details: Grab a date or your squad for a Mexican-inspired fiesta featuring costumed stilt walkers, flamenco dancers, and a lot of tequila. Guests can enjoy Skyline Park’s mini golf and carnival games, along with spooky menu specials such as jalapeno sangria served in blood bags.
Saint & Sinner’s Ball When: October 28, 7 p.m. Where: Park Tavern Cost: $20 advance, $30 day of show Details: The annual Saints & Sinners Ball, hosted by 105.7, features performances by rockers the Struts and Mondo Cozmo. Get your groove on, bring your best costume, and vie for the $1,000 grand prize.
Mummies & Mixers When: October 26, 6 p.m. Where: Michael C. Carlos Museum Cost: $40 Details: Sip specialty cocktails from the Mercury’s Julian Goglia and dance with the undead at this monster-themed mixer. Special tours of the award-winning Ancient Egyptian galleries will have you up close and personal with the museum’s 10 mummies.
For your furry friends
Costumes on the Woof When: October 26, 6 p.m. Where: Loews Atlanta Hotel Cost: $25 in advance, $30 door Details: Start off Howl-o-ween weekend with this annual rooftop benefit for LifeLine Animal Project. The event boasts a dog costume contest judged by celebrity dog whisper Victoria Stillwell, complimentary cocktails, a photo booth, and a silent auction.
Freak Me-Owt Halloween Party When: October 27, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Where: Java Cats Café Cost: $20 Details: Head to Atlanta’s new cat cafe for dancing, Halloween treats, beer, and, what you really came for—costumed kitties.
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