Jackie Kennedy, CZ Guest Inspire Atlanta’s Diamonds Exhibit

Vignettes are also influenced by the 1950s to the 1980s
January 9, 2017Andrea Lillo

Wolter Liess Neely interior designersDiamonds of Design designers Dana Wolter, Lauren Liess and Shell Neely
ATLANTA—Designers will highlight their favorite time periods from the last six decades this week at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market to celebrate AmericasMart’s 60th anniversary.

Called Diamonds of Design, the exhibit will showcase product vignettes from eight members of The Designer Network—which represents designers across Time Inc.’s Southern Living, Coastal Living and Sunset brands: Joni Vanderslice and Shell Neely of J. Banks Design Group; Lauren Liess of Lauren Liess & Co.; Lauren DeLoach of Lauren DeLoach Interiors; Anna Braund of Anna Braund; Dana Wolter of Dana Wolter Interiors; Meredith Ellis of Meredith Ellis Design; Jenny Wolf of Jenny Wolf Interiors; and Betsey Mosby of Betsey Mosby Interiors.

CZ Guest, the 1950s socialite and tastemaker, was the inspiration behind Braund’s vignette, which will reflect Guest’s legacy through the use of gilded pieces, rich upholstery and classic antiques. Products will include Arteriors’ Lucia settee and Duprey chairs, Bungalow 5’s Bay armchair, the Faron console, Aline stools from Zentique, the Arbor bar cart from Global Views and Currey’s Falsetto table lamps and Grayson lantern.

A 1960s picture of Jackie Kennedy setting a “perfectly appointed dinner table” was the vision for Mosby’s vignette. “It was complete with fresh flowers, lots of candles and beautiful heirloom crystal, china and linens,” she said. “It’s a beautifully classic setting that is still so appealing today, even though it’s more than 50 years old.” Mosby designed her vignette around classic and chic—what Kennedy was known for—and will include chinoiserie panels, blue and white, layered china patterns with silver champagne buckets, antique chairs and leather console pieces, with “touches of lucite, mirror, quartz and fur to keep the look fresh and relevant for our era.”

English interior designer David Hicks provided the inspiration for Wolter, as Hicks is a favorite design icon from the 1960s and ‘70s. “His designs were always very warm and bold, inspiring the colors and textures used in my vignette,” she said. A dark charcoal velvet love seat will be the focal piece of her space, along with a bold patterned wall covering as an ode to his geometric designs. “Combining different rich textures and metals was another way to incorporate Hicks’ style. He had a way of mixing pieces to create a captivating contrast,” and for her display she will use textures such as velvet brass, and wood with more contrasting items like bold patterned pillows and an acrylic side chair.

Drawn to the “effortless chic of the ‘70s,” Liess will mix patterns and textures “in an amazing boho vibe” in her vignette. To her, this time period “calls to mind earth-tones and denim, brown leather, and casual cool.” Products include the Lauren Liess Textiles’ Gisele’s Web wallpaper in a bold white and charcoal floral, layered with a salon-style gallery wall of quirky, earth-tone natural curiosities pieces. Actual moss for flooring, Currey & Company’s Indigo denim Boho chandelier and a sculptural concrete table by Accent Décor with camel leather chairs by Lee Industries will finish the look.

J. Banks Design is also celebrating a milestone anniversary this year—its 30th—so Neely decided to focus its vignette on the 1980s, the decade the firm was founded. “We pulled in all the elements that we loved back then”—such as soft brass, Lucite and fur—”but are once again on trend in an updated way,” Neely said. The vignette will also have tribal patterns with a sophisticated palette and artistic interpretations of African motifs, including the Tanzania drapery fabric from the J. Banks Collection for Kravet, a collection inspired by Vanderslice’s many trips to that country while opening her orphanage.”

The Diamonds of Design Vignette Gallery will be located in Building 1, Floor 14, space 14-D-9, with additional vignettes in the lobbies of Buildings 1 and 2. It will be available for viewing at market, and then through June 2017. Kristin Alber of Found by domestic bliss and presenting sponsor RestyleSource will again participate in the exhibition, creating the vignettes in the Floor 1 lobbies of Buildings 1 and 2.

The Diamond Party will take place Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Vignette Gallery.

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Fashion Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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