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Preview: Modern Atlanta proclaims “Design Is Human” with tours, talks, parties, film and more

This interior of a house designed by architect Matt Walsh is on this year's “Design Is Human” tour.

Modern Atlanta will soon present its fifth annual “Design Is Human” celebration, a citywide showcase for innovative ideas, products and design practices in architecture, furnishings and materials.

The first “Design Is Human” event comes in late May: the Young Architects Forum of Atlanta will install the winner of its third annual “10Up” competition along the Atlanta BeltLine. The winning work — a “tensegrity canopy” titled “What Will Live Here?” — is intended to attract birds and design enthusiasts alike.

The eight (almost) consecutive days of events that constitute “Design Is Human Week” will begin June 1 with an evening studio crawl allowing a glimpse into the creative spaces of Atlanta architectural firms Lightroom, TaC Studios and Cablik Enterprises.

As in the past, the scope is international. London-based graphic designer Alexandre Bettler will present a Bread Workshop, wherein participants will get to know one another in what is punningly dubbed a “pan European” fashion. A film in the architecture series will take viewers inside spaces conceived by the French firm Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron.

For the first time, MA will extend its home tour to Athens, including one of Georgia’s first houses to earn platinum status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Almost two dozen events will follow at a variety of locations, concluding with a local leg of the home tour.

Given that “Design Is Human,” it is also true that to foresee is divine, so here are some highlights from the upcoming 2012 MA celebration:

  • The home tour visits two Athens residences, both with links to architect Lori Bork Newcomer. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. June 2. 
  • Alan Heller, whose products have been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, appears in conversation with an interlocutor yet to be named. 6-9 p.m. June 5. At Whitespace Gallery.
  • Hansgrohe North America’s president, Russ Wheeler, conducts a tour of the German kitchen-and-bathroom manufacturer’s Alpharetta facility. Includes a class on sustainable living and products, as well as lunch. Closed-toe shoes required. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7. At Hansgrohe Inc. USA. 
  • The Negroni will be the drink of choice at Bar Alto, a pop-up speakeasy designed by Harry Thaler. On display will be custom-designed tumblers, and the artists responsible will be present. 5-9 p.m. June 7. In Space2 at Sound Table. 
  • The first U.S. exhibition of works by Korean artist Cha Jong-Rye opens as part of the “Design Is Material” subseries of events. Cha is known for her enormous and painstakingly assembled creations in wood. Reception 6-9 p.m. June 8. At Bill Lowe Gallery
  • Even if you must forgo all else during “Design Is Human Week,” make time for the “Design Exhibition & Home Tour Launch.” This show and party will include an Eames furniture retrospective, purchasable food and beverages by Octane, a lecture, a panel discussion and works on display by young talent. 6:30-10:30 p.m. June 8. On the fourth floor at Terminus 2.
  • Atlanta’s arm of the American Institute of Architects juried the residences on this year’s home tour. The Atlanta portion occurs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 9 and 10.
  • Designers Alexandre Bettler and Jerome Rigaud preside over the Bread Workshop, during which participants put hands on fresh dough, chat and so forth. Space is limited. 2-5 p.m. June 9. In Space2 at Sound Table. 

    “Sailing 140” super yacht project by Studio Boissard. (Photo courtesy of Studio Boissard)
  • An afternoon and evening of talks by Brennan Buck of the Yale School of Architecture, Paris-based architect Sebastien Boissard and others. 2:15-7 p.m. June 9. In Hill Auditorium at the High Museum of Art.
  • A screening of “Pomerol, Herzog & de Meuron,” a documentary that reveals the indoor lives of French grape pickers in a structure designed by the firm. 7:15 p.m. June 9. In Hill Auditorium at the High Museum of Art.

A full schedule, further details and tickets can be found at Modern Atlanta.

 On our home page: Formichetti concept. (Photo courtesy of Gage/Clemenceau Architects)

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