As of Monday, October, 1, 2012, for the first time, the public is invited to visit ADAC – the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Located in Buckhead on Peachtree Hills Avenue, the 550,000 square foot campus houses 60 showrooms of furniture, fabric, rugs, lighting, accessories, floor and wall coverings, antiques, fine art, kitchens, bath, tile, and custom design previously only accessible to those in the design trade.
Though still not a retail space (only those in the design trade can make purchases and place orders), the space is now open for the public to visit, browse and be inspired. Whether you’re looking to hire a designer, searching for decor inspiration for your home, or just in need of beautiful distraction, I urge you to visit ADAC. If you are not in the design trade, don’t expect designers or showrooms to give you samples, tear sheets or pricing, but you can feel free to browse and get ideas and ask to be referred to designers by the showroom or ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Guests should register at the front desk before browsing.
The “ADAC: Behind the Windows” exhibit is a six-month installation that pairs ADAC showrooms with local designers to create beautiful rooms and displays. Showcased behind the windows in currently-empty showrooms, it’s a little like walking through a decorator showhome or a design museum. Below, take a peek at a few of the displays – there are a dozen in all throughout the building – take a look, be intrigued, and then plan your visit!
ADAC is also kicking off their public opening with loads of events – some for the public, others trade-only – including lectures on topics like accessorizing, color, outdoor living spaces, and lighting. A few that look particularly interesting to me are HGTV’s Brian Patrick Flynn speaking on “Success in Failure: Secrets of a Self-Taught Designer” on Thursday, October 4; Steve Nobel with his views on “Why a Designer?” on Monday, October 8; and Atlanta’s own Kerry Howard discussing “Designing Interiors in Today’s Economy” on Thursday, October 11. For a complete list of events, visit their website. Reservations are recommended for most events.
ADAC is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.