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Designer John Oetgen has a philosophical reason for loving this unconventional home: “It’s not a typical Atlanta or Southern home,” says Oetgen, who has been one of House Beautiful’s 100 Most Influential Designers in America since 1995. The postmodern house—featuring a mix of old and new styles from Palladian to contemporary—was built in 1990, designed by the late architect Roy Frangiamore, who worked on projects like the Center for Puppetry Arts and One Georgia Center.
Once each year, the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) hosts Design ADAC—a four-day conference of seminars, product introductions, and presentations by internationally known design experts. For years, this has been the Southeast's top networking event for trade professionals, and now the public is also invited to hear industry leaders for free.
Last night I talked with some of Atlanta's leading experts on contemporary art, design, and architecture. During our "Atlanta Embraces Modernism" panel discussion, they weighed in on whether the city reflects a modern spirit.