Tim Hobby is back in the furniture business. The veteran Atlanta designer and former retailer has opened a Minotti showroom at ADAC (suite 317). His business partner, Jennifer Astrop, had most recently been independently representing modern furniture lines. Now the two have joined forces and dubbed their new venture Hobby Astrop Modern.
“Lately I have found myself more at ADAC,” explains Hobby, who is known for his contemporary style. “I was buying fabrics and wallcoverings at Donghia, furniture and lighting at R. Hughes. I was getting more modern carpets from Moattar. It just felt like there was more and more modern coming to ADAC.” So the design center seemed like a natural location when the Minotti family—whom Hobby befriended while running his Midtown store, Space, which closed in 2010—wanted to open an Atlanta mono-brand showroom.
During Hobby’s decade in retail, he found the Italian manufacturer to be one of his most reliable and efficient vendors. “I’ve always been passionate about their brand,” he says. The firm, which originally specialized in upholstery, has expanded its range of styles and products.
HA Modern will stock accessories to complement Minotti seating, tables, and case goods. And, as anyone who remembers Hobby’s traffic-stopping Peachtree Street storefront windows might expect, there will be inspiring vignettes.
This article originally appeared in our Spring 2017 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.