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Place to Furnish Your Whole House: Bungalow Classic
Bungalow was a game changer when it opened on Howell Mill Road, helping to launch the Westside Design District in 2000.
Glam Style: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home Furnishings
No mainstream home furnishings brand quite captured 1960s-era Mad Men glamour better than MGBW.
Real-deal Modern: Switch Modern
For more than a decade, owners Roy Otwell and Doug Henderson have helped Atlanta homeowners embrace modern designers like Minotti, Knoll, and Alessi—no easy task in a city that was once a bastion of traditional decor.
New Design Service: Homepolish
This New York–based service landed in Atlanta last year as an alternative to the industry’s traditional commission model, which can incentivize designers to select expensive products.
Personal Endorsement: Restoration Hardware
I wrote my first story about Restoration Hardware in 1998, after it opened in Lenox Square. Admiring the Arts and Crafts–style casegoods, I realized how stupid I’d been to dismiss my grandparents’ Mission buffet as “old-fashioned.”
South of Urban founder Jonathon Quinn gave up architecture to build furniture
In a 1957 Time magazine article, the iconic German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously said of furniture made by architects: “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.” That’s why, when Atlanta architect Jonathon Quinn decided to become a furniture maker, he started with a chair.
Restoration Hardware’s RH Teen line is more playful and (slightly) less expensive
Butterfly chairs come in eight faux furs, from mink to Mongolian lamb. The Devyn Tufted Tête-à-Tête bed has upholstered head- and footboards for gab fests.
Hot shop: Made Again
The Made Again storefront may be new to Inman Quarter, but the gallery has been a source for sustainably produced handmade goods since 2013, when founder Margeau Bull created the incubator as an online marketplace operating out of her garage.
Design Within Reach’s new line is inspired by a midcentury modern master
Of all the iconic midcentury modern masters, only Jens Risom is still living. So when Design Within Reach offered Chris Hardy a chance to meet the almost-centenarian, the 31-year-old Atlanta furniture designer eagerly jumped on a plane to visit Risom at his home in Connecticut.
Room Envy: At HGTV star Brian Patrick Flynn’s home, guests have their own stylish deck
The best way to keep houseguests self-sufficient is to give them their own enticing space, says Brian Patrick Flynn. The quippy designer for HGTV’s Urban Oasis 2015 lives in Atlanta but regularly escapes to a wooded home in Ellijay that he shares with partner Hollis Smith, who has his own challenging schedule as part of the costume department for The Walking Dead.