ATLANTA – In the design industry, movement is constant. From new talents with fresh voices to novel artisans with groundbreaking vision, the magic of discovery is always in motion. Whatever the journey, what emerges is where design comes to light. ADAC, (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) the premiere design center in the Southeast, invites guests to experience new phases of design at its annual fall market, Discover ADAC from Sept. 19-21.
Attendees can experience where design comes to light through a diverse lineup of keynote speakers, informative showroom presentations, groundbreaking business and product launches, book signings with high-profile authors, parties, and more. In conjunction with Discover ADAC, attendees can indulge in a trilogy of design sourcing opportunities through the fall market and first-ever Outdoor Design Days at AmericasMart Atlanta, running Sept. 18-20.
Through three days of free programming, Discover ADAC will offer attendees the opportunity to experience the magic of discovery through immersive design.
Guests can anticipate an intriguing keynote presentation on The Power of the Past in Present Design with Flower magazine Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Margot Shaw, along with celebrated designers, Barry Dixon and Jared Hughes, and Jean Monro owner, Matt Gomez; a book discussion and signing with Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the principals of Carrier and Company Interiors, who have worked on projects such as the residence of Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue; a look at Osborne & Little’s 17 new collections for fall 2023; a panel discussion with Luxe Interiors + Design Homes Editor Kate Abney along with Beth Webb, Cheryl Luckett, Kelley Lentini, and Berkeley Minkhorst; a 10th Anniversary celebration of MILIEU with Design Director Leslie Newsom Rascoe and Michael Del Piero of Good Design and Rozanne Jackson of The Iron Gate; a look into color’s transformative power through a presentation with Pierre Frey,
Benjamin Moore, Melanie Millner, Monet Masters, and David Frazier, led by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Editor-in-Chief, Lauren Iverson; and a debut book signing with Stan Dixon.
“Discover ADAC will present a captivating fusion of creativity and innovation this September,” said ADAC General Manager Katie Miner. “From inspiring showcases to thought-provoking discussions, guests will experience the pure magic of design and witness the power of artistic expression in shaping the spaces we inhabit. This is an incredible sourcing opportunity that promises to ignite the imagination of design mavens from Atlanta and beyond.”
Here are just a few of the not-to-be-missed keynote presentations at this year’s Discover ADAC event:
Tuesday, Sept. 19
+ 10:00 a.m. EDT – The Power of the Past in Present Design | ADAC Presentation Room, First Floor Atrium – Sponsored by Flower magazine and Fabricut
Join Flower magazine’s founder and Editor-in-Chief, Margot Shaw, along with celebrated interior designers Barry Dixon and Jared Hughes, and Jean Monro owner, Matt Gomez, for an engaging conversation about the appeal and application of traditional elements in today’s design. Celebrate the beauty of this storied aesthetic and discover how timeless design continues to shape our collective narrative as these captivating tastemakers share how they reimagine heritage brands and bespoke fabrics for today.
Following the presentation, all attendees are invited to join Margot, Barry, Jared, and Matt for a reception hosted by Fabricut. While in the showroom, peruse new introductions from the British-based line Jean Munro which has been the fabric choice of many set designers and has been incorporated into the TV series Bridgerton, The Crown, and other highly acclaimed TV shows and movies (Fabricut, Suite 307).
+ 1:00 p.m. EDT – Defining Chic: The World of Carrier and Company | ADAC Presentation Room, First Floor Atrium – Sponsored by Atlanta Magazine’s Home, Atlanta Magazine, and Century Furniture
Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the principals of Carrier and Company Interiors, are a New York-based husband-and-wife interior design team. Their projects have ranged from family lake houses to the primary residence of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, and the studio of fashion designer Jason Wu. At Discover ADAC, they join Betsy Riley, editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s Home to talk about projects featured in their latest book, “Defining Chic,” and their collaborations with Century Furniture.
Learn how this duo imbues spaces with the personality and style of their owners while showcasing their core dedication to décor that feels effortless, essential, and light of spirit. They’ll also share what they’ve learned about product design through collaborations with Century and other luxury brands. Following the presentation, join Riley, Carrier, and Miller for hors d’oeuvres and a meet-and-greet with the talented design duo. Carrier and Miller will be signing copies of their latest book, “Defining Chic.” While in the showroom, be sure to check out their curated furniture collection (Century Furniture, Suite 212).
Wednesday, Sept. 20
+ 10:00 a.m. EDT – The Power of Authenticity with Stan Dixon | ADAC Presentation Room, First Floor Atrium – Sponsored by Veranda, Ainsworth-Noah & Associates, and Osborne & Little
Trusted collaborator to powerhouse designers from Charlotte Moss to Suzanne Kasler and Jackye Lanham, Stan Dixon of D. Stanley Dixon Architect has amassed a portfolio of historically based designs that cross genre and style, and that rise as striking reflections of those who inhabit them. The multi-year winner of the Southeast Architect of the Year and recipient of 19 Philip Trammell Shutze awards will sit down with Veranda Executive Editor Ellen McGauley to talk about designing from a place of authenticity, what every house needs to be successful, and why his adopted hometown of Atlanta is his most powerful design influence of all.
Following the presentation, join Dixon and McGauley in the Ainsworth-Noah Showroom for a celebratory reception and book signing. After you purchase a copy of Stan’s debut book, enjoy a look at Osborne & Little’s 17 gorgeous new fabric and wallpaper collections for autumn 2023, including highlights from Nina Campbell, Designers Guild, Ralph Lauren, and John Derian (Ainsworth-Noah & Associates, Inc., Suite 508).
+ 1:00 p.m. EDT – Design Influence Beyond the Eurocentric Lens | ADAC Presentation Room, First Floor Atrium – Sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design and Palecek
Join Luxe Interiors + Design Southeast Homes Editor Kate Abney alongside Southeast-based design professionals Beth Webb, Cheryl Luckett, Kelley Lentini, and Berkeley Minkhorst for a captivating conversation on looking beyond the Eurocentric lens and exciting new ways of innovating in our interiors. The panelists discuss ways they’ve integrated these far-flung influences into their portfolios, the exciting designs we can anticipate moving forward, and how they’ve incorporated multicultural touchstones to ensure our homes feel fresher and more inspiring than ever.
Join Abney, Webb, Luckett, Minkhorst, and Lentini after the program for a reception in the Palecek showroom and a meet-and-greet with the panelists. While in the showroom, view the latest new offerings from Palecek (Palecek, Suite 207).
Thursday, Sept. 21
+ 10:00 a.m. EDT – Forces of Nature | ADAC Presentation Room, First Floor Atrium – Sponsored by Milieu and Jerry Pair
Celebrate Milieu’s 10th Anniversary with two interior designers who have been featured on the pages of Milieu – Michael Del Piero of Good Design based in Chicago and New York’s Hamptons; and Rozanne Jackson of The Iron Gate in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee. Moderated by Milieu Design Director Leslie Newsom Rascoe, the talk focuses on how these two forces of nature – in their ethos and design practice – create new yet timeless and natural interiors, manage their clientele and storefront, and continue to evolve their own design styles.
Following the presentation, join Newsom Rascoe, Del Piero, and Jackson at the Jerry Pair showroom for a reception and book signing of Del Piero’s new book, “Traveled and Textural” (Jerry Pair, Suite 508).
+ 1:00 p.m. EDT – The Art of Color: Powerful Palettes & Visionary Design | ADAC Presentation Room, First Floor Atrium – Sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Pierre Frey, and Benjamin Moore
Ready to make a statement with personality-infused palettes? In partnership with Pierre Frey and Benjamin Moore and led by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Editor-in-Chief Lauren Iverson, join top interior designers Melanie Millner of The Design Atelier, Monet Masters of Forbes Masters, and New York-based designer David Frazier for an engaging conversation on color’s transformative power in spaces both small and large. Perhaps the most important element of a successful interior, color – whether soft and subdued or bold and powerful – evokes emotion and sets the tone for a space. Through the expert use of paint, lighting, texture, and pattern, the celebrated panelists will discuss how they use color to create a gracious, sophisticated, and harmonious home.
Join Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ and panelists Miller, Masters, and Frazier in the Pierre Frey showroom following the discussion for sips and light bites. While in the showroom, get inspired to make a colorful splash with Pierre Frey’s latest offerings (Pierre Frey, Suite 308).
The full 2023 schedule with event descriptions will go live at www.adacatlanta.com/discover-adac. General registration for
the 2023 Discover ADAC fall market is complimentary for all guests and opens on Aug. 22. Click here for more information.
Discover ADAC is hosted in partnership with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Magazine’s Home, Flower, Garden & Gun, Luxe Interiors + Design, Milieu, Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta, Modern Luxury the Atlantan, Southern Home, and Veranda.