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6 Spots for Great Design in Midtown Atlanta

By October 11, 2017 No Comments

Discover the best places to shop local design. Image courtesy of: PeoplesImages /iStock/Getty Images Plus Collection/Getty Images.

For the well-dressed home, you will find a range of hip design shops and galleries within strolling distance (or a short car ride) from the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown. Here are six spots to help you ensure your home space is styled as fabulously as you:

Hi-Lo Press

San Francisco Art Institute alumna Dianna Settles and her husband, Witt Wisebram, opened Hi-Lo Press in 2015, establishing one of the city’s best-hidden art haunts. Calling it a “hole in the wall” probably wouldn’t irk the owners of the edgy atelier.

Hi-Lo Press does triple duty as a gallery space for up-and-coming local talents (the October exhibit, Decolonizing Love, features queer Asian artists), a workshop for the couple’s custom creations (think block prints, letterpress, relief prints, Japanese Mokulito woodcuts and limestone lithographs) and a point of purchase for their kitschy birthday cards, tea towels, calendars and sketchbooks.

Ponce City Market

Locals are privy to Ponce City Market, a mixed-use mecca by the developers of New York City’s Chelsea Market, installed in a revitalized 1926 building adjacent to The BeltLine — a public art-peppered pedestrian path where skateboarders, cyclists and dog walkers roam free.

Here you can shop home-décor emporiums, such as West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, Rejuvenation, Sugarboo & Co. (the new “Choose Love” sterling silver rings, bracelets and pendants are ultra popular) and Citizen Supply, an Atlanta original that stocks wool blankets, hand-tooled leather goods, ATL-centric art prints and candles crafted in store.

Open containers are allowed on PCM grounds, so grab a cocktail and consider checking out the monthly “Drag Queen Storytime” at Posman Books before heading back to the hotel.

High Museum of Art

As with most major cities, the High Museum of Art store is solid for great gifts and even a go-to for locals. The Peachtree Street museum’s primary boutique proffers 2,200 square feet of stationery, essential art books and fashion accessories, along with an array of atypical home goods.

Recent arrivals include mugs, magnets and more by artist Andy Tuohy that commemorate major modernists (think Warhol, Kahlo, Basquiat), while the Making Africa exhibition (opening October 14) brings about a trunk show for Liberian-born Atlanta artist Charlene Dunbar, whose Suakoko Betty collection is technically a fashion line, but one with a fine-art touch.

Jon Eric Riis

Throughout his four-decade career, Jon Eric Riis has become something of a local treasure. Upon arrival to Atlanta, ask the concierge to reserve an appointment at the tapestry artist’s Piedmont Avenue studio-in-residence. There’s a telltale mythology to the artist’s subject matter, and the idealized male form of Icarus makes frequent appearances in his work.

October marks the arrival of his Bag of Bones tapestry, crafted during a recent residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. If you’re in the market for an antique option, Riis’s collection dates back to 400 AD and includes specimens from Egyptian, Peruvian, Indian and Coptic cultures. Prices can clear the thousands, but Riis’s small pieces encased in plexiglass make for affordable takeaway tokens.

Eco Denizen

Founded five years ago by LEED-credentialed architects and interior designers who wanted to facilitate friendly connection with the community in which they worked, Eco Denizen is a “green” boutique filled with all manner of kitchen gadgets and gifts — think items like contemporary Viski barware and hand-poured candles from Cerabella (Spain) and Rewined (made in Charleston from recycled glass wine bottles).

Loads of coffee-table books underscore the owners’ earth-conscious philosophy, mingling on bamboo shelves among ceramic tea infusers, artisan-made alpaca throws and greeting cards by alumni of the Savannah College of Art & Design. Don’t depart without examining the enamel works of local artist Houston Llew, who kiln-fires painted glass onto tiny copper frames.

Cantoni

A Dallas-based Italian-modern furniture company, Cantoni has remained an Atlanta mainstay since its 2002 debut. Still considered ground zero for high-end modern furnishings in East Midtown, the 25,000-square-foot, Piedmont Park-side showroom carries lines like Cattelan Italia that cannot be sourced anyplace else in town.

Malerba and Black & More are among the latest-to-arrive collections, while the on-site Illuminations lighting showroom (stocking the likes of Foscarini, Artemide and Roll & Hill) consistently beguiles passersby. If you’re in need of direction, all three members of the local design team have (unbelievably) been with Cantoni’s Atlanta outpost since day one, so they know their stuff.