"The original event was born in 2007 out of a desire for an Atlanta-based forum diverse in content, eclectic in spirit, and international in appeal. Each year the event will be built on these aspirations, attracting a diverse range of speakers, exhibitors and attendees prepared to push the boundaries of applied contemporary design and urbanism.
MA’s aim is to embrace and connect a wide spectrum of practices including architecture and design, retail and trade, industry and academia, the arts, and NPO foundations. MA activities attract innovators, visionaries, independent minds, creative leaders, students, and non-specialist audiences with discussions on how design and innovative products improve everyday lives. MA provides the right conditions and venues for manufacturers and designers to successfully connect with businesses, consumers, and the public alike, by way of elevated local and international design exhibitions that expose all facets of the creative process including innovation and implementation. MA produces programs and events and provides marketing and promotional services for cultivating and showcasing the international design industry in Atlanta. These programs and services are not only a platform for professionals, but also an arena for experimental and student work, and a meeting point for the international community."
I will be doing my best to hit up as many of the events as possible but if you're like me, this is your busy season. I will for sure be checking out Karim Rashid at Pedini on Wednesday and I will be hitting up Room & Board for Annette Joseph's presentation.
All of that is good and well, but not the point of this post. Last night I had the privilege of being invited to the 25th Anniversary Dinner for Corporate Environments. It was a beautiful evening at The High Museum with a private viewing of the "Modern By Design" Exhibition, of which Corporate Environments is a sponsor. This to me is the highlight of MA2011, it's just a fantastic collection borrowed from MoMA and displayed beautifully. I wasn't supposed to take pictures, but I didn't know that until I had already taken some, you're welcome...It is a really beautiful exhibition and each floor is better then the one before it. I got some really good pictures, but I don't want to ruin it for you. GO SEE IT.
This is one of his tables.
It is made from zillions of these tiny metal cubes and held together with glue.
Super awesome. I used that light fixture at DIFFA one year but in white.
MWDA's Table for DIFFA 2008
Those cushy-cabbage looking things are cute. It took every ounce of restraint not to squish them down.
That's enough out of me (maybe even too much) go see it for yourself.
"Modern by Design" at The High Museum of Art
June 4th - August 21st