Why Atlanta Decorative Arts Center Needs to Be on Any Design Lover's Radar

There's nothing else quite like ADAC in the Southeastern U.S. for design professionals and enthusiasts.

What exactly is ADAC? It depends who you ask. As today’s world of design is more accessible than ever, the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) is able to offer more resources to more people.

Among many interior designers, architects, builders and artisans, ADAC has been a nationally recognized resource as the Southeast’s largest collection of luxury furnishings for residential, hospitality and contract projects.

To the public, locals and visitors alike, ADAC is a hidden resource for design- and art-related happenings, whether you’re shopping for a new armchair or interested in rubbing elbows with the industry’s leaders and internationally known talent.

ADAC exterior

As a daughter of an interior design professional, ADAC was a regular errand to which I enjoyed accompanying my mom. I’ve been awed by the colorful, museum-quality showrooms like Kolo Collection, Beau Studio and Design Galleria since my first visit, and continue to find new reasons to return for more doses of design thanks to ADAC’s ever-growing events calendar.

Regardless of status, a visit to ADAC is an artful experience before even entering inside. It was built over 50 years ago by the late renowned architect and developer John Portman who is credited with shaping much of Downtown Atlanta’s skyline. From the interior atrium—a signature element for Portman style—or while strolling the hallowed halls, there is no shortage of creative inspiration.

Today, the ADAC campus covers 550,000 square feet with more than 65 showrooms offering the industry’s finest product lines (think furniture, fabric, rugs, lighting, accessories, floor and wall coverings, antiques, fine art and framing, kitchens, bath, tile and stone and home theater products).

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center

While open to the public, to get the full ADAC experience, consider shopping with a design professional. With visionary industry firms onsite, the center can help connect you with the correct person for any project of your dreams. In addition, signature industry presentations, celebrity and media events, educational programs and networking opportunities held throughout the year make ADAC truly a one-of-a-kind, design destination.

Not sure where to start? Save the date for the center’s increasingly popular event series, starting with this week’s DESIGN ADAC from April 24-26.

VERANDA Senior Editor Mario-López Cordero

DESIGN ADAC

In collaboration with VERANDA and a captivating roster of presenters, this annual, three-day market brings together thousands of regional and national tastemakers, design authorities and revolutionary new products shows the powerful connection between innovation and the art of personal expression. 

This year’s attendees have the unique opportunity to meet the inimitable Mr. Hamish Bowles, learn the ins and outs of designing for show house with Susan Ferrier and Jonathan Savage, discover dreamy spaces with Victoria Hagan and laugh with award-winning author and entertainer extraordinaire Julia Reed—just to name a few. Last but far from least, the event series concludes with the prestigious celebration of Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Awards. 

Panel of designers

35th Annual Sample Sale

Held from 9 am-5 pm between May 8-11, 2018, this unique opportunity allows the public to take advantage of discounted pricing on designer brand, high-end indoor and outdoor home furnishings, rugs, lighting and accessories. New this year, the sale will be an in-showroom pop-up held in various showrooms throughout ADAC.

DISCOVER ADAC

All are welcome to celebrate design as only the South can with panel discussions, parties and fresh perspectives between Sept. 25–27, 2018. Look out for more details to be announced soon, including this fall’s lineup of celebrated creatives from designers and editors to manufacturers and a host of allied professionals.

Many events are free, but require advance registration with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Open every Monday through Friday, ADAC also regularly offers year-round programming such as "Behind the Windows" installations, tours, continuing education courses, trade talks, product launches and more so you can create your own personal definition of what the center means to you. 

Colleen Ann McNally
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Colleen Ann McNally has called the South home for 20 years and counting. She aims to travel light, but also love...