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THE CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/12/19

January 22 – 26 @ The Cathedral of St. Philip

Metamorphosis…Change is in the Air

Atlanta’s favorite festival of antiques and decorative arts returns for its 49th year!

Tickets and more information at www.cathedralantiques.org

Celebrity Speakers and Event Highlights:

  • Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia from Bravo TV’s breakout show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and their current hit “Get a Room with Carson and Thom” team up to bring their unique brand of hilarity and considerable design talents to headline our Lecture Series. In two highly entertaining talk sessions, Carson and Thom offer their keen insights and advice on current design and lifestyle trends.
  • Putnam & Putnam are NYC’s preeminent floral designers for every occasion, from weddings to fashion presentations, and more. Darroch and Michael Putnam’s arrangements are sought for publication in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Veranda, Dior, Cartier, and many other high-profile editorials. In addition, they offer flower workshops for savvy arrangers, their own product line, and retail sales at their recently-opened establishment in NYC’s Moxy Hotel, and have published their first book, Flower Color Guide, which they will be signing at the Show.
  • Bronson van Wyck is an international event designer and producer with a diverse and enviable client list. From Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Obama, celebrities Beyonce, Katy Perry and Uma Thurman, famous fashion designers and royalty, to the venerable brands of Hermes, Bulgari, Chanel, and several high-profile non-profits, Bronson is the go-to for the world’s most discerning patrons. Southern-raised and Yale educated, Bronson focuses on the age-old notions of hospitality, graciousness and generosity. He will be discussing and signing his new book, Born to Party, Forced to Work: 21st Century Hospitality.
  • Joseph P. Brady is a noted Atlanta silver historian, lecturer, author, and professional appraiser and consultant. He will present From Shop to Manufactory: American Silver and the Industrial Revolution.
  • Our wildly popular Iron Floral Competition returns as savvy arrangers go head-to-head to impress judges Putnam & Putnam in this annual feature of our Flower Festival.
  • Acclaimed architect Stan Dixon and renowned designer Jackye Lanham present their collaboration on her magnificent Kiawah Island home in their “Story of a House”

Parties:

  • Preview Party Exclusive first access to the Show. Enjoy entertainment, food, and wine with your friends at this gala party while you shop and browse all the dealers, flower displays, and designer vignettes on Wednesday evening.
  • Speakers’ Cocktail Party An intimate up-close meet and greet with our celebrity speakers on Thursday evening.
  • Young Collectors Party. After-hours access to the Show with food and cocktails for the under-40 crowd on Friday evening.

Home Tours:

  • Young Collectors Home Tour showcases bold design in intimate spaces featuring 3 homes in the Haynes Manor neighborhood of Buckhead, decorated by some of Atlanta’s best and brightest young interior designers and architects. Saturday
  • Cathedral Tour of Homes opens the doors to some of Atlanta’s most extraordinary private homes that showcase the finest in architecture, interior design, and timeless style. 5 exceptional homes throughout Buckhead and North Atlanta will be featured. Sunday

Main Floor and Flower Festival:

  • 28 Curated Antiques Dealers in furniture, art, jewelry, porcelain, silver, lighting, and rugs, including a select collection of Mid-Century Modern items
  • The Flower Festival displays innovative and exuberant floral masterpieces designed by area garden clubs and church flower guilds throughout the Main Floor and sacred spaces of the Cathedral
  • Vignettes by acclaimed Atlanta designers demonstrate their professional takes on integrating antiques with today’s latest home trends
  • Luncheon available for purchase each day, and enjoy Tea Service with our compliments on Thursday and Friday

The Cathedral Antiques Show has raised more than $5 million for Atlanta-area nonprofits since its inception in 1969. An annual community outreach project sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of St. Philip, 100% of the net proceeds go to a different human services-based beneficiary each year.

The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW www.cathedralantiques.org

Our 2020 beneficiary is Moving in the Spiritan award-winning creative youth development program that uses dance to teach young people the social, emotional and cognitive skills they need to thrive. Through programs that integrate high-quality dance instruction with performance, leadership and mentor opportunities, Moving in the Spirit helps children and teens to overcome the obstacles they face each day and realize their highest potential. www.movinginthespirit.org

THE ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL GIFT AND HOME FURNISHINGS MARKET PRESENTS NEARLY 50 SEMINARS AND EVENTS IN JANUARY 2020, NOW UNDER NEW NAME: ATLANTA MARKET 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/29/19

NEW YEAR, NEW NAME: ATLANTA MARKET 2020

Retailers and designers will experience nearly 50 events, seminars, gourmet demonstrations, lounges and celebrations – including the first-ever staging of Party for Life in Atlanta – at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® this January. Programming across the AmericasMart campus will connect market attendees with influencers, tastemakers and thought leaders sharing actionable tips and trends. In addition, AmericasMart will host 100+ food and beverage amenities including happy hours, complimentary breakfasts, snacks and more throughout the campus. (NOTE: A complete listing of event descriptions, dates, times and locations follows and is available online at AmericasMart.com/events).

“With the broad range of programming this January, we address a variety of buyer needs, whether that’s in a business-building seminar, a class in the Demonstration Kitchen, a meet and greet with an influencer or at an industry celebration where they can network with like-minded business owners,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC chief marketing and digital officer. “Our events, seminars and amenities are an added value to an already important week for the gift and home furnishings industry.”

Party for Life Relocates to Atlanta

The highlight of the Winter 2020 programming is the first-ever staging of Gift for Life’s Party for Life fundraiser in connection with the Atlanta market. The industry celebration takes place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Fernbank Museum with designer Thom Filicia serving as Honorary Event Chairman and recognition of Anne McGilvray who will be presented with the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award. All proceeds benefit the grant making efforts of Gift for Life’s beneficiary DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Confirmed sponsors to date are AmericasMart/Las Vegas Market, Anne McGilvray & Company, Binant Capital, DEMDACO, Great American Publishing (Gift Shop, Museums & More, Stationery Trends), Maiarelli Studio, Poo-Pourri and Progressive Business Media (Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Home Accents Today). Tickets and more information are available at www.giftforlife.org/participate. 

Shop the Show

The Winter 2020 class of Shop the Show influencers showcases five influencers – Tiffani Thiessen, Katie Stauffer of the Stauffer Family, Brian Patrick Flynn, Paloma Contreras and Liz Marie Galvan – who collectively reach nearly 6 million followers with content including trends in home décor, gift, tabletop, kids, lifestyle and seasonal décor plus adorable moments in daily life. These influencers will shop Market’s 8,000 brands in search of the most coveted products – uncovering the latest trends in lifestyle and more, while sharing their experiences through social media, vignettes, book signings, showroom activations and more.

Thiessen headlines the Shop the Show programming with “Breakfast with Tiffani – Easy Breezy Brunching & Entertaining Tips” from her new book Pull Up a Chair: Recipes from My Family to Yours on Thursday, January 16 at 11 a.m. Flynn hosts a cocktail party with tips for incorporating “hygge” – the Danish attitude towards life that emphasizes finding joy in everyday – into design projects and stores in “How to Hygge at Accent Decor” on Wednesday, January 15 at 3 p.m.  Stauffer shops and styles her favorite Corkcicle products and mixes and mingles with her twins Mia and Emma in “Pop, Shop & Sip: Cocktails at Corkcicle” on Thursday, January 16 at 3 p.m. Galvan signs her debut book Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to Love the Feeling of Being Home while attendees enjoy a warm cookie and cocktail on Wednesday, January 15. Contreras signs her new book Dream Design Live on Friday, January 17.

More information about the Shop the Show influencers is available at AmericasMart.com/ShopTheShow.

Retailer and Designer Education

Retailer educational programming provides actionable tips in marketing and finance. Liz Martin of Charleston Weekender leads “Influencer Marketing 101: The Do’s & Don’ts of Getting Your Store Featured by Bloggers” which teaches a basic understanding of hiring and collaborating with bloggers on Tuesday, January 14 at 10 a.m. Patti Biro of Spa Industry Association explains how adding temporary locations to an outreach strategy can expand market reach and create new sales opportunities in “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Pop-Ups, Mobile Retail and More” on Tuesday, January 14 at 1 p.m.  In “Social Media Strategy for Retail Success in 2020 and Beyond,” blogger and retailer Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha, Inc. and Welcome Media Co. shares the core social media strategies that every retailer should know on Wednesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. Becky Tyre records a live episode of Retail Details the Podcast during “Partnering for Promotions & Successful Store Events” on Wednesday, January 15 at 1 p.m. “Ten Easy Steps to Retail Relevance in 2020” features Annette Joseph and Barbara Pederzini sharing merchandise styling tips for retailers with Rue editor-in-chief Kelli Lamb on Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. “How to Think Like a CFO: The 5 Numbers All Business Owners Need to Know” provides key business financial knowledge on Friday, January 17 at 1 p.m. “The Psychology of Price (The Markup and Markdown Game)” present tactics retailers need to deploy to maintain a competitive pricing position on Friday, January 17 at 2 p.m. 

Designer educational programming touches on best practices, trends and new business opportunities. In “What’s Your Worth? Managing Client Expectations While Growing Your Design Business” designer Corey Damen Jenkins shares real-life examples and strategies for working with demanding clients on Wednesday, January 15 at 2 p.m. Luxe Interiors + Design taps three designers to share their favorite trends and top finds from the market in “Ahead of the Curve | East Coast Edition” on Thursday, January 16 at 2 p.m. The “Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Forecast 2020” showcases trending paint colors for 2020 on Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. “Staging to Sell, What Every Designer Should Know,” presented by The Real Estate Staging Association® (RESA®), teaches how real estate staging can be a viable add-on service for the right entrepreneur on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Returning for January 2020 are new buyer breakfast seminars where buyers can learn the basic fundamentals of the market experience – including how to navigate the buildings, the amenities and resources available to buyers, how to use the mobile app, the showrooms are a good fit for their buying needs and more – over breakfast with the Buyer Services team. Breakfast takes place in Building 2 on Wednesday, January 15 at 8:30 a.m. and Building 1 on Thursday, January 16 at 8:30 a.m.

Interactive Demonstrations

Top chefs and Atlanta-based tastemakers lead interactive cooking and cocktail classes in the market’s unique Demonstration Kitchen. Food Network’s Nancy Fuller makes her famous go-to Crab Delights® Dip in “A Party for Pollock with Carefree Crab” on Friday, January 17 at 11 a.m. James Beard Award-nominee, Top Chef finalist and Atlanta-based restaurateur Chef Kevin Gillespie prepares “Fire in my Belly: Totally Cookable Recipes from Around the World” on Wednesday, January 15 at 11 a.m. Local chefs lead “A Taste of Australia in Atlanta” on Tuesday, January 14 at 11 a.m., “A Taste of Home: Handcrafted Doughnuts by Doughnut Dollies” on Wednesday, January 15 at 3 p.m., “Global Fusion in 2020: The World in an Egg Roll” on Thursday, January 16 at 3 p.m. and “A Culinary Tour of Basque Flavors” on Saturday, January 18 at 11 a.m. The popular Cocktails and Conversations series returns with mixologists from some of Atlanta’s top bars including Tiny Lou’s, Red Phone Booth and Tin Tin serving up their favorite cocktails on Tuesday, January 14, Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, respectively; all at 3 p.m.

Seasonal and floral-focused demonstrations include designer and event planner Canaan Marshall creating a centerpiece from start to finish that’s perfect for the spring season on Tuesday, January 14 at 2 p.m. and Holly Chapple of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD who will be demystifying super-lush designs and demonstrating her line of floral mechanics and vases co-developed by Syndicate Sales in “Epic, Attainable Floral Design for All” on Friday, January 17 at noon.

 

The Roaring Navy Party

Sherwin-William’s 2020 Color of the Year – NAVAL SW 6244 – is celebrated at the Roaring Navy party on Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m. Attendees are invited to come dressed in their best Naval-colored attire as they raise and glass and usher in the new year on the Commercial Design floor.

Updated Buyer Amenities

In addition to programming, buyer amenities help to create a positive market experience.

Buyers’ lounges throughout campus including The Southern Couture Lounge, the Creative Commons and the DEMDACO Crossroads feature daily hospitality. In the ECO Lounge, buyers can rest, recharge and learn about products that abide by sustainable practices. The Headshot & Glam Studio provides buyers with a complimentary 20-minute portrait session including hair and make-up touch up. The Wellness and Rejuvenation Lounge features complimentary massages, wellness services and beverages in a serene and relaxing environment.

A full list of market events and amenities is available at AmericasMart.com/events.

The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market is a leading wholesale marketplace housing the nation’s largest gift product mix complemented by a broad selection of home décor, featuring more than 8,000 brands across all categories. Held semi-annually at AmericasMart Atlanta, the Market attracts retailers and designers from every U.S. state and more than 60 countries. The Winter 2020 staging of The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market is Tuesday, January 14 – Tuesday, January 21, 2020 For more information, visit AmericasMart.com.

2019 ATLANTA DESIGN FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/21/19

PONCE CITY MARKET & WESTSIDE PROVISIONS DISTRICT TO BE AMONG ATLANTA DESIGN FESTIVAL’S 2019 FEATURED DESIGN DISTRICTS

From June 1-9, Community Destinations to Host Design Discussions, Workshops, a Live Podcast Taping & More

Ponce City Market and Westside Provisions District – both from Atlanta-based real estate investment and management company Jamestown – are partnering with Atlanta Design Festival (presented by MA! Design is Human) to serve as featured Design Districts during the 13th annual city-wide festival held from June 1-9, 2019. Furthering Jamestown’s design-forward approach to innovative development and mission to promote community involvement, the two community destinations will host design-related events, including book signings, design gatherings and classes, speaker sessions and more, throughout the nine-day festival.

Ponce City Market:

Design Week Book Fair at Posman Books (June 1-9, Normal Hours) – During the duration of Atlanta Design Festival, the family-owned, independent bookstore will be highlighting books that focus on all aspects of design. Looking for something specific? Come by to find a new source of inspiration.

‘Time to Dine: The Art of Restaurant Design’ Discussion with MODA (June 1, 2-4pm) – As part of the Food by Design series, Ponce City Market and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) are bringing together some of the city’s top restaurant designers for a rapid-fire discussion, in conjunction with Atlanta Design Festival. Moderated by Doug Henderson, Co-owner of Switch Modern, the free event will take place at The Plaza at Ponce City Market and feature panelists from some of Atlanta’s leading restaurant design firms, who will talk about the role of design in creating an environment that enables and enhances the dining experience. Panelists will include John Bencich of Square Feet Studio, Smith Hanes of Smith Hanes Studio, Dan Maas of ai3, Skylar Morgan of Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design and Tim Nichols of NO Architecture. After the discussion, attendees will be invited to visit restaurants designed by panelists and housed within Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall. Please see here to register and learn more.

‘Sew Happy Color with Katie Kortman’ Class at Topstitch (June 1, 10am-4pm) – Topstitch – Atlanta’s premiere sewing destination for the aspiring garment sewer – is hosting Katie Kortman, an accomplished artist, sewist, teacher and textile designer, to lead a wardrobe color theory lecture as well as a full-day workshop to design and paint fabric, which will then be used to sew the Topstitch Essential Top or Dress. Participation is $225 for the lecture and workshop, or $45 for the lecture only. Tickets can be purchased here.

Anthropologie Summer Entertaining Soiree (June 2, 11am-1pm) – Join Anthropologie’s Home Stylist Naila Long for an insider’s tour of Anthropologie’s rapidly growing home assortment and Design Center while enjoying sips and snacks. Guests will learn and experience how Anthropologie is a true destination for creating an inspirational space through expansive collections featuring custom furniture, artisanal styles and artist collaborations. Free and open to the public, the event encourages guest to reserve tickets in advance here.

‘Sew Happy Color with Katie Kortman’ – Paint Your Clutch (June 2, 10am-2pm) – Katie Kortman is coming to Topstitch to show us all how to infuse color and happiness into our me-made wardrobe. An accomplished artist, sewist, teacher and textile designer, Katie is going to demonstrate designing and painting on a plain fabric ground. This is a two-part workshop whereby attendees will design and paint fabric and then use it to sew the Topstitch Essential Clutch. Participants will receive free admission to Katie’s Friday Night “Wardrobe Color Theory” event on May 31 before painting and sewing on Sunday, June 2. Please see here for more info and to reserve a spot in the class ($160 per person).

‘How Designing a Podcast Works’ Discussion with Stuff Media (June 3, 6-8pm) – Building a story is a lot like building a house. Join podcast hosts and producers of iHeartMedia and HowStuffWorks as they explore the process of turning an idea into an award-winning show. The event will be held at The Plaza at Ponce City Market.

Gensler Experience Pop-Up (June 4-8) – Join Gensler – an integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with global clients – at The Plaza at Ponce City Market for an immersive experience exploring the minds of designers and the inspiration behind the places where we live, work and play. From galleries and pop-ups to panel discussions and podcasts, learn how Gensler is shaping the future of cities, in Atlanta and beyond. The community will be able to share ideas and think differently about design throughout the experience open all week long during Atlanta Design Festival. For more on specific events hosted by Gensler, please see here.

‘Plating 101: The Principles of Perfect Culinary Plate’ Presentation at Williams Sonoma (June 4, 6-8pm) – The perfect plating presentation is the foundation of culinary decadence. Williams Sonoma at Ponce City Market is hosting a plating technique class with local Atlanta Chef Alexander Blackman, aka “The Bearded Chef,” to teach attendees the 101s of plating. Tickets ($10 General Admission; $35 VIP) can be purchased here. VIP guests will be gifted a de Buyers Round Mold set, and all participants will receive 10 percent off purchases the night of the class.

Design Talks: Pauline Wiersema (June 4, 6-8pm) – Held at General Assembly, the Design Talk features Pauline Wiersema and is free and open to the public. Pauline, founder of Wiersema! and cum laude graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven (2018), is an interdisciplinary designer, specialized in making campaigns in combination with interactive installations and experiences. With A Fool Around she gives lectures and acts as a creative tutor to help companies and institutions ‘fool up’ their game. She does illustrative work for newspapers, magazines and digital platforms aimed at informing their audience. Attendees can register for the event here.

‘Understanding The New Rules of Luxury: A Living Room Discussion’ at Cobbler Union (June 5, 2:30-3:30pm) – Cobbler Union Founder Daniel Porcelli and Director of Marketing Sara Kuykendall will discuss the seismic shifts currently underway in the luxury retail space forcing brands to adapt to rapidly-changing consumer behavior and market dynamics. Located at the bespoke shoemaking company’s flagship store at Ponce City Market, the discussion is free and open to the public, and attendees can RSVP here.

UX Design & Data Science Talent Showcase (June 5, 5-7pm) – Interested in hiring or mentoring tech talent? Curious to learn how General Assembly is supporting tech sector growth in Atlanta and view GA’s graduate portfolios and capstone projects? Come enjoy some refreshments and mingle while you discover your next potential team member at this exclusive event. General Assembly welcomes hiring managers, recruiters and anyone hiring Data Scientists or User Experience (UX) Designers to meet expert-trained, job-ready candidates. Think of this as a reverse career fair, where you can see students’ final projects and talk individually with them. This is open house style, so come whenever you can and stay as long as you’d like – drinks are on General Assembly! RSVP here.

Plant(care) 101 Workshop at The Victorian at Citizen Supply (June 5, 7-9pm) – Those looking to spruce up their space with a houseplant can dive into the basics of plant care at The Victorian’s workshop covering tips on repotting, soil types, light levels, watering, propagation and more. Attendees can attend the workshop for $15, and the Victorian’s team will walk everyone through how to properly repot a plant using one of their handmade soil mixes. For those who want a hands-on experience, they can purchase a plant and a planter to repot in the class before taking it home. Tickets can be purchased here (password: plantcare).

Design Talks: Ingrid Van der Wacht, MALL, Gehl Architects and Dashel Helmets (June 6, 6-9pm) – Join General Assembly for a Design Talk featuring Ingrid Van der Wacht, Jennifer Bonner of MALL, Matthew Lister of Gehl Architects and Catherine Bedford Dashel Helmets. For more on each speaker and to RSVP, please click here.

‘The Design of the Summer Cocktail’ Workshop at Citizen Supply’s Likewise (June 7, 6-9pm) – Likewise’s Bar Director Ben Richardson (of Cocktail Commons and Staplehouse) will walk attendees through the design, pours and shakes behind a few favorite, refreshing summer drinks. Participants will learn the ins and outs, whys and hows of crafting top-notch cocktails while sipping creations and make a few new friends. Tickets ($18) are available here.

‘Sourdough 101’ Class at Root Baking Co. (June 7, 6-9pm) – Root Baking Co’s hands-on lesson is designed to teach beginners how to bake at home with a sourdough starter, covering how to train up a lively starter from scratch, how to mix, ferment, shape and bake a loaf, and how to best utilize home ovens to produce crusty results. Root will provide drinks and snacks from their kitchen, and guests will take home a fresh sourdough loaf, active starter, freshly-milled whole wheat flour, an info packet and a replicable formula. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online here.

‘Charcuterie 101: The Perfect Party Platter’ Class at Williams Sonoma (June 7, 6-8pm) – Williams Sonoma at Ponce City Market is hosting a charcuterie 101 class to teach participants how to design the perfect party platter. Learn how to select the proper size board, what items to include and how to assemble a masterpiece charcuterie board. General Admission tickets are $25 and include a Williams Sonoma Open Kitchen Acacia Board; VIP tickets are $50 and include a Premium Olivewood Board. Plus, attendees will receive 10 percent off their purchase the night of the class. Tickets can be purchased here.

‘The Shape of the A: Designing Tomorrow’s Atlanta Today’ Discussion (June 8, 5-7:30pm) – Quick Quick invites Atlanta’s creatives and entrepreneurs to attend conversation among leaders imagining and crafting the city’s future. Free and open to the public, the panel will feature voices from the worlds of fashion, advertising and branding, retail, architecture and of course, print. Snacks and drinks will be available. As always, guests to Ponce City Market can find the latest periodicals and magazines highlighting design in fashion, interiors, architecture, culture, tech, music, food and drink at Quick Quick.

‘Ridiculous History’ Live Podcast Recording with Stuff Media (June 8, 3-5pm) – History is beautiful, brutal and often, ridiculous. Ridiculous History hosts Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown dive deep into some of the most bizarre stories of people, places and events throughout the span of human civilization, and they’re joining up with Atlanta Design Festival to create a special live episode of the podcast. The public is invited to join the guys at General Assembly as they explore the strange story of Ponce City Market’s first life as a Sears headquarters during this special episode. Ridiculous History is from Stuff Media – the world’s leading for-profit publisher of podcasts – whose headquarters are located at Ponce City Market.

Westside Provisions District:

Lee Ledbetter Book Signing at Hudson Grace (June 3, 5-7pm) – The preeminent purveyor of timeless décor, Hudson Grace, is hosting a book signing in their Westside Provisions District space on Monday, June 3 from 5pm to 7pm with New Orleans architect and designer Lee Ledbetter. Lee will be in the space to mingle amongst cocktails and sign copies of his new book, The Art of Place: Architecture and Interiors. The event is free and open to the public; attendance can be reserved by emailing atlanta@hudsongracesf.com.

Room & Board Presents Developing Atlanta: Thoughtful Development for a Sustainable Future (June 4, 5:30-7pm) – Join Room & Board for a panel discussion presented by CityLab where they will discuss Atlanta’s development, the economic impact of thoughtful design on communities and sustainability and what Atlanta is doing right and wrong. Moderated by Mark Byrnes, Senior Associate Editor at CityLab, the panel will feature Tim Keane, Commissioner, Planning and Community Development, City of Atlanta, Georgia; Kristi Rooks, Founder, Thoughtwell; and Nathan Hedges, Director of Development for Atlanta, The Allen Morris Co. The event is free and open to the public.

Peg Risom Presents The Block Island Collection at Design Within Reach (June 5, 10am-12pm) – Design Within Reach is celebrating an exciting new design from midcentury Danish master Jens Risom: The Block Island Outdoor Collection. In 1967, Risom built his family’s vacation home on Block Island, Rhode Island. For a secluded walking trail that ran adjacent to the property, he drew plans for outdoor furniture meant to provide a place for passersby to rest and enjoy their surroundings, a labor of love for his neighbors, which fell by the wayside until Risom died at age 100 in 2016. Design Within Reach is honored to bring the Block Island Collection to life as an homage to Risom and the setting that inspired him. Join DWR – along with Jens’ daughter Peg Risom – to celebrate the Block Island Collection and Risom’s legacy as a pioneer in introducing Danish modern furniture to the United States. The event is tailored towards trade and DWR contact clients; attendance can be reserved by emailing John Waymire at jwaymire@dwr.com.

CEU at Design Within Reach: Technology and Design in Natural Stone (June 6, 12-1:30pm) – Design Within Reach is hosting continuing education seminar “Technology and Design in Natural Stone,” led by Alison Mullins, Brand Ambassador with decorative natural stone company Antolini Italy. This intermediate-level CEU course will update architects and designers on the latest developments in the natural stone industry, with an eye toward meeting design goals – including new finishes, advances in stone fabrication, best practices in sustainability and a review of award-winning projects using natural stone. Snacks and beverages will be served. Attendance can be reserved by May 31 by emailing John Waymire at jwaymire@dwr.com.

Founded by MA! Architecture in 2007, the festival provides a valuable world-class showcase for leading international designers, brands and companies. Over nine days, visitors will be able to explore the rich variety of talents being produced today through a range of showroom events, exhibitions, talks, workshops, installations and tours. For tickets and further information, visit www.atlantadesignfestival.net.