A Design Lover’s Guide to Atlanta, Georgia

Judith Zeng

Atlanta’s skyline is dominated by John Portman’s legendary neo-futuristic properties, but zoom in and you’ll locate a city striking the balance in between preserving heritage and embracing interesting layout. “The magnificence of Atlanta is alter and development. We’re not caught in the past, and God forbid that we would be,” suggests Vivian Bencich, an inside designer and founding principal of Sq. Feet Studio, a firm that has built some of Atlanta’s most beloved restaurants like The Normal Muir and Kimball Residence.

The metropolis has attained the latest notoriety for its function in nationwide politics and has a properly-attained moniker as the Hollywood of the South. But it has extended been a metropolis of layout desire as the house to these types of establishments as the Atlanta Ornamental Arts Heart (ADAC) and counts powerhouses like Suzanne Kasler and Michele Smith Boyd among the its roster of inside designers.

Atlanta is produced up of vivid neighborhoods lined with craftsman bungalows juxtaposed with combined-use developments, and there is no scarcity of independent coffee stores and seasonally-pushed dining places. Atlanta also transpires to have the Hartsfield-Jackson airport, one of the busiest in the globe, creating it conveniently accessible to vacationers. The subsequent time you discover on your own in Atlanta, these are the ideal areas to continue to be, eat, consume, and pay a visit to.

The foyer at The Bellyard.

Image: Mark O’Tyson

Where to remain

The coronary heart of the town is arguably Aged Fourth Ward. It is exactly where historic treasures like the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and contemporary sights these kinds of as the BeltLine path are located—and the recently opened Wylie Hotel provides you a likelihood to immerse your self in Previous Fourth Ward. The boutique lodge is situated on the main drag of Ponce de Leon avenue, and has been a lot of matters in its life span because the 1920s: A resort that housed Atlanta’s initial gay bar, the dance club MJQ’s to start with site, and scholar housing. These days, the inside has been reimagined by designers Kendal Rogers and Maria Garza Gossett of Pixel Structure Collaborative who gave it a residential experience with Art Deco aptitude. Just down the street is the Hotel Clermont which came roaring again to lifetime with eclectic visitor rooms and a rooftop bar in 2018 soon after sitting down vacant for many years (even though the famed lounge downstairs has hardly ever give up).

The Bellyard opened its doors in May perhaps and delivers luxe lodge rooms to the ever-evolving neighborhood of West Midtown. Portion of the Interlock, a do the job-fulfills-play residence, the hotel’s structure subtly pays tribute to the stockyards and railroads that once manufactured up the landscape of the neighborhood (look up at the ceiling in the foyer cafe Drawbar and see lights in beams reminiscent of railroad tracks).

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