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The monthly Basement Market combines the store’s regular merchandise with one-day-only treasures. For decorators, vintage furniture collectors, or scouts for TV and movie sets, it’s an appointment to keep each month.
A quick look at a Boxwood chaise from Janus et Cie and an Echo Beach chaise from Pier One.
Somewhere between the garage sale finds of Craigslist and the lofty antiques on 1stdibs, there’s a lot of other well-designed furniture that needs a new home. Last year, online marketplace Chairish sprung up to fill that void, adding more than 1,000 items every week.
When my husband and I moved into our first apartment, fresh out of grad school, we bought our first sofa at the Buckhead Havertys. Somehow, it seems a fitting sign of today’s more hopeful times that Havertys is back in Buckhead—in the very same building where we bought that sofa. Last week I was excited to tour the newly renovated, 23,000-square-foot “Style Studio”—a more compact showroom that relies on technology to display custom options and includes urban-minded collections along with its more traditional pieces.
“I find the weird stuff no one wants.” That’s how Clarke Titus begins our conversation as we traipse through a cluttered salvage yard a half dozen miles west of Atlanta. To the Kirkwood furniture maker, the decades-old trash is full of potential. Like a Depression-era Georgia freight car paneled with ten-foot-long pine boards. Titus used the weathered wood—stenciled here and there with numbers and workers’ instructions—to create more than a dozen original pieces, including tables, mirrors, consoles, and a king-sized headboard.
This month, award-winning interior designer Robert Brown is opening Townhouse, his first retail shop, in the Galleries of Peachtree Hills. Now any shopper can tap into his expert eye for art, accessories, and furniture gathered from around the world.
Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, founders of the North Carolina–based furniture line, were in town Thursday to celebrate their business’s twenty-fifth anniversary. We spoke with the duo just before a big party at their Atlanta store, as Legendary Event staff in black T-shirts hustled about setting up bars and appetizer spreads. You might remember the store’s early bashes, when RuPaul’s pal Lady Bunny spun tunes in the full-length glass windows fronting Peachtree Road.
First things first: Can you save money by driving five hours to shop for furniture in North Carolina? Yes, although an industrious shopper in Atlanta could perhaps find similar savings by following sales, asking for discounts, and trolling Craigslist. The advantage to shopping in the Furniture Capital of the World is that so many discounted brands and floor samples are together under one roof.
The Roman God Janus has two faces, one looking back toward the past, the other facing forward to the future. He is an appropriate namesake for the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s newest showroom, outdoor furniture maker Janus et Cie (et cie means “and company” in both Latin and French).
When we published our Southern issue in November, there was an abundance of creative local food and fashion to cover, but where were innovative Southern furnishings? Atlantans may be experimenting with Brussels sprouts and pork bellies, but they are doing it around Pottery Barn tables made in Indonesia.