All Dressed in White
Using John C. Portman Jr.’s signature paint color, “Portman White,” as their muse, seven area designers paid homage to the esteemed Atlanta architect and developer at AmericasMart’s July market with inspired vignettes. The hue—white, plus two dashes of red—is now available at Sherwin-Williams stores by request.
Keeping Portman’s understated style in mind, Stan Topol elected to take the minimalist route, highlighting both the versatility of Portman’s trademark paint color as well as the striking simplicity of his architectural designs. Thanks to Christopher Guy wall mirrors lining the back wall, a glittering Baccarat crystal vase and a charcoal table from Veronica Flam, the vignette is as head-turning as it is dramatic.
A Study in Style
Playing off Portman’s sweeping career, Kristin Alber for REstyleSource cultivated a functional yet creative designer workspace, outfitted in a striking combination of white and blue. A bold accent wall pops against a crisp, white bookcase from Moe’s Home Collection and chairs from LEE Industries. Eye-catching Zoe Bios artwork from Emporium Home and an “inspiration wall” of layered prints add additional bursts of color.
Ever the connoisseur of deftly executed flair (he considers hot pink and violet neutrals, after all), Brian Patrick Flynn held nothing back in his vibrant arrangement, layering the white backdrop with a selection of statement-making fabrics and accessories in complimentary textures, shapes and colors. Pulling these elements together is a playful painting from Leftbank Art Co., whose pops of red, blue and teal are carried throughout the scene.
When seeking inspiration for his vignette, Kerry Howard looked to a source that also inspired Portman: the Alhambra, an intricately designed palace in Granada, Spain. To that end, Howard honed in on a palette of green and gold, adding opulent details such as horseshoe arches, a gold-finished convex mirror, textured moss (a nod to the Alhambra’s luxurious gardens) and whimsical taboret poufs. An ornate chandelier from Currey & Company completed the designer’s signature aesthetic.
Inspired by an architect’s work table, Niki Papadopoulos of Mark Williams Design Associates focused on geometric shapes and saturated colors, adding drama with 1980s-inspired pieces such as CFC’s curvaceous, inky Bertha chair and a gold-leaf table from World’s Away. To offer subtle texture without adding too much color or detracting from the painting by Kelly O’Neal, Papadopoulos lined the walls with architectural plans.
Depth of Field
Michelle Workman began with the idea of a dining vignette, incorporating a contrasting palette of white, red and blue to create an enveloping effect and play off the warmth of Portman’s signature hue. Using a tablescape from Mottahedeh as the base for her design, Workman layered in a Chinoiserie Fromental wallpaper and patterned tablecloth, adding textured accessories such as Dogwood branches from Gold Eagle and accessories from Regina Andrew.
When scheming his fanciful Portman White homage, designer Michel Boyd pounced upon the opportunity to pack the 10-foot-by-10-foot space with Bergdorf-like theatrics. To avoid skewing overly monochromatic, Boyd employed layer upon layer of textures, including vintage doors from Aidan Gray, white coconut shells from Palacek and Mongolian fur throws from Codarus.