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Get Everything At AmericasMart… For Your Design!


If you haven’t heard about AmericasMart before you are probably like me, new to the industry, recently laid off, not an interior designer, or do not own a store. Anyways. Evidently, AmericasMart has been around since 1957, quite a while. It was also started by an world-renowned architect John C. Portman, Jr., he has done some recognizable buildings you know in Atlanta, and his son now runs AmericasMart Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr. Back to AmericasMart. The facility is huge with 7.7 million square feet. It spans across four buildings in downtown Atlanta, from 230 to 250 Spring Street. They have wholesalers for:

  • Home Furnishings
  • Gourmet/Housewares
  • Living. Outdoor/Indoor. The Gardens
  • Home Accents & Fine Linens
  • Fashion Accessories/Fine Jewelry
  • Apparel & Fashion Accessories
  • Area Rugs
  • And Much Much More…

They not only have permanent wholesale installations, but they also have temporary ones that come in for trade show. The trade shows are the only reason why I even know about this place. They are currently having a show right now called The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishing Market from January 6-13, 2010.

What you need to get in is:

  • Photo ID
  • Valid Email
  • Professional Association Affliated Membership Card (AIA, ASID, IIDA, etc.)

There are other ways of gaining admittance without out running security,and you can find them here. Oh just a word of warning, from what I can tell parking can be an issue, it is in downtown. Regardless, it sounds amazing and I am hoping to go there soon.

Share your thoughts about AmericasMart below.

Source: AmericasMart

Kyouei Design’s Liquid Lamp


Kyouei Design, a Japanese Design company, has once again come out with something amazing. The Liquid Lamp is stunning, simple, and abstract. It is the perfect accent for a modern home with clean lines and wants a spot of color. Also, for those designers that revile ornament and decoration and desire something functional yet aesthetically pleasing, the Liquid Lamp is the answer. The Liquid Lamps comes in two color combinations white on white and white on red. There are also two kinds – one being a desk lamp and the other being wall mounted.  They range in price from around $193 to about $238. These lamps are hot and you may not have to go all the way to Japan to get one either. Kyouei Design products are sold many places around the world. For my fellow Atlantans, you can purchase some of their designs at the Museum of Design Atlanta – Design Store. For those of you that are not in a city where you can purchase their products, you can buy some stuff at their online store. Check out Kyouei Design’s website and products they are way cool.



What do you think about the lamps? Leave your comments below.

Source: Kyouei Design via 3Rings

Death Of A Magazine!


I.D. Magazine is closing!!!!! I am in complete shock. From what I can gather and I am still searching to confirm this but it appears that I.D.’s print magazine is going to end. I think they may keep up the website but not sure.

Here is where I first found out about it: What Killed I.D. Magazine?

We send our best wishes to all those affected by this.

Margaret Russell of Elle Decor at ADAC!

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ADAC will be having Elle Decor’s Editor-In-Chief, Margaret Russell as the keynote speaker on December 10, 2009. Mrs Russell will also be signing immediately after the presentation her latest work “Style and Substance: The Best of ELLE DECOR.” Reservations are required and seating is limited. ADAC’s Presentation Room is on the first floor Atrium. Please contact 404-231-1720 or register online.

December 10, 2009
Starts at 10:00AM
351 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
How Much:

More Information:
For two decades Margaret Russell has infused ELLE DECOR with a singular sense of sophistication while helping to preserve its mission to inspire designers, architects and homeowners with the best in interior design and product design. Margaret lectures frequently on interior decoration, and has been a guest of numerous television programs to discuss design-related topics; she was also a featured judge on both seasons of Bravo’s hit reality television series, Top Design, where she reviewed the work of 13 aspiring interior design contestants. In addition to overseeing ELLE DECOR, www.elledecor.com and the ELLE DECOR series of books, Margaret is committed to promoting the design community through charitable works both locally and nationally and she serves on the boards of God’s Love We Deliver and the Alpha Workshops. Immediately after her keynote presentation there will be a book signing for her latest work, Style and Substance: The Best of ELLE DECOR; a book celebrating the 20th anniversary of the magazine. In 240 gorgeous pages, the reader will find a closer look at hundreds of dazzling spaces culled from the magazine’s archives, all organized by room. It offers fabulous yet functional interiors that have stood the test of time, including spaces designed by top designers such as Nate Berkus, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Muriel Brandolini, Jamie Drake, Albert Hadley, Charlotte Moss, Michael S Smith, Vicente Wolf and Bunny Williams. The book will also provide a glimpse into the homes of such celebrities as Cindy Crawford, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Yves Saint Laurent.

Image Source: Apartment Therapy

Pharrell Williams’s Think Tank

Tank Chair blackAs companies operate leaner and it becomes more necessary to work longer hours… How much time do you invest in choosing the perfect chair for your home or office? Consequently, if we’re going to be chained to a desk, why not be chained to something we want to sit in? What is a chair anyway besides a throne to inspire you to produce your best work? The multi-faceted musician/entrepreneur Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D fame has continued building his brand as a creative individual by making another contribution to industrial design…giving us the ‘Tank Chair’. The chairs are from the designer’s second installment in the critically acclaimed “Perspective” series. Williams draws inspiration from military tanks and replaced the women’s legs in his first installment with tank wheels. The contemporary furniture pieces are featured in four colorways, (white, baby blue, black and pink) made with leather, luxurious velour and veal skin wrapped seats. The chairs are in exhibition at the Emmanuel Perrition Gallery during Art Basel Miami Beach. So next time you are in the War Room or at your desk waiting for divine inspiration think about what you are sitting in and what that means or says about you.

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New Trends – Red & Orange


Based on ColourLovers, the new trend for interiors is Red and Orange, which I think is a good color combination. I am a big fan of red. Some people may think it is too bold or harsh, but depending on the space, it adds a since of warmth and luxury. There are also the people that think that the colors are to elementary, saying that the colors look like they should be in a daycare. Either way, I think this trend should stay and should possible become a mainstream color combo for home and luxury.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

NeoCon East Today!

JDP_2521If you are like me you have never heard of NeoCon East. Well, NeoCon East is started its 7th annual conference today October 28th through the 29th. In the past 7 years, NeoCon has become the premier design exposition and conference for the mid-atlantic design community. They will have over 250 exhibitors, 30 CEU seminars and forums, and new innovative designs and products showcased. This is an event that is visited by designers and decision makers of facilities. The products you can see at the NeoCon are

  • Architectural Products
  • Artwork and Accessories
  • Building Products and Services
  • Fabric and Textiles
  • Floorcoverings and Wallcoverings
  • Furnishings
  • Indoor and Outdoor Furniture
  • Stone and Tile
  • Sustainable Design Products
  • Technology

The conference is in Baltimore, MD at the Baltimore Convention Center. The list of exhibitors is quite extensive and it is pretty much guaranteed that they will bring out their best for this show to impress you.

Source: NeoCon East

Jaks Inspire New Seating

jaksJaks are no longer the name of childhood game. It is now an innovative modular seating system designed by John Coleman for Allermuir. Jaks were specifically designed for Allermuir to be pieces that could stand alone or interlocked to create intriguing patterns. The new soft seating will be introduced at NeoCon East today. The cross shape design allows seating for four people or when arranged together to provide an area for netowrking. The cool addition of the squares can act as tables or footrests. These unique crosses would bring any social area alive.

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John Coleman is a well know designer with plenty of experience under his belt. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1979 and started his own studio in 1981. Coleman’s studio mostly focuses on producing designs for the industry, but their design intent is to produce pieces that are “restrained, understated and timeless.”

Source: Allermuir via 3rings

The Sphere Bed

spherebedThe name may be a bit misleading but it speaks more to the experience on being in the bed. The designer Karim Rashid teams with Hollandia International to create the Sphere. Hollandia’s philosophy of  ”let’s stay in bed” guides all designs that they create. The Sphere utilizes an adjustable sleep system, which studies have shown are much better for people. I am sure that many people are thinking aren’t those kinds of bed only for elderly people. The short answer is NO. These kinds of beds reduce strain on your back and improve circulation. Anyways back to the design. The innovative design by Rashid is bound to attract attention and cause some double takes but that is what he is know for. The Sphere creates an unique environment in not only for you sleep but also evolves your your bedroom into a space of unknown wonders. Some features in the sphere are…  How do you say it? They are interesting. The champagne holder?!?! Well, for the bachelor pads and honeymoon suites, I can understand. But for ordinary clients, a more practical use for that space would be for books, remotes, or the occasional beer. Overall, the design is way cool. So whether you are looking to bring some whimzy into your bedroom or a clients, the Sphere bed by Hollandia is the bed for you.



  • 32″ Colored Television (Theater System is optional)
  • Covered LED Florescent canopy-top lights
  • Outside back vanity mirror
  • Champagne holder
  • Color and fabric of choice

On a side note it would look way cool if it was made from wood or acrylic.

Source: http://www.hollandiainternational.com/designs-by-karim-rashid.asp

Bladeless Fans Are Here!


WOW!!! Not only has Dyson broken the mold, but they blew up the factory. The new Dyson Fan called the Air Multiplier™ is simply amazing. At first glance it looks to be a piece of modern art or some brick a brack in a minimalist house, then you discover it is a FAN!!!! How it works is quite ingenious. Do you remember back in school when they taught you how plans fly and air foils? Think back to that. Air traveling over the wing has to move faster to catch up with the air under the wing and thus creating a vacuum. On this fan that principal is used to multiply the amount of air pulled in to generate a smooth consistent stream of air, which is in contrast to bladed fans that give you choppy blasts of air and can possibly take off your finger. It took them some four years to perfect the design with lasers and other fancy technology to measure airflow. Their design has changed the past 125 years of thinking about how fans will look and work.


The obvious next step is a ceiling fan. Where possibly they have the two of bases on either side and attach to the ceiling. The bases would look like nodes in plan and legs in elevation, and could be lit with LEDs. Amazing I know and Dyson this ideal could be yours for a small price? Speaking of price. Watch out for sticker shock! The Dyson Air Multiplier™ cost range from $299.99 for a 10″ fan to $329.99 for a 12″ fan. Pretty pricey buy if you have a client or the money this fan could be the right fit.


Source: http://www.dyson.com/fans/