Our Best of May

The best design events this month


MAY 1 | Tour five showstopping gardens in Buckhead at the 2019 Cherokee Garden Tour, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1. Guests also have the option to attend a floral demonstration by renowned Memphis floral and event designers Greg Campbell and Erick New, held at two time slots: noon and 2 p.m. Garden Tour tickets are $75. Floral demonstration tickets are $125 and include a boxed lunch. cherokeegardenclub.com


THROUGH MAY 5  Twenty six esteemed contemporary impressionist artists will be painting throughout Georgia and the Atlanta metro area during the 2019 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. Held at various Atlanta landmarks, the event includes a competition, as well as a series of experiences throughout the week. All artwork produced will be available for purchase for the duration of the event, as well as at the Awards & Collectors Soiree and Public Gallery Exhibition on May 5. olmstedpleinair.com


MAY 7–10 | Shop discounted designer brand, high-end indoor and outdoor home furnishings, rugs, lighting and accessories at the ADAC’s Annual Sample Sale, HELD AT ADAC and ADAC West. New this year, ADAC is extending sale hours so visitors can shop until 6 p.m. every day and stay “Late Until 8” on Thursday, May 9. adacatlanta.com/events


MAY 9–JUN. 2 | Tour the work of some of the region’s brightest design talents at Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ fourth annual Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens, a new estate designed by architecture firm Logan Design Group and built by Southern Gentry Homes. Situated on Buckhead’s Garmon Road, the historic 14-acre site was formerly used as hunting grounds and a weekend retreat by Atlanta’s Joseph Madison High family, who donated the family’s Peachtree Street mansion to house what is now known as the High Museum of Art. southeasternshowhouse.com


MAY 13 | Presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and The St. Regis Atlanta, the 12th annual Women of Style and Substance Fashion Show honors eight of Atlanta’s most philanthropic women for their charitable endeavors. Benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and held at The St. Regis Atlanta from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the afternoon includes lunch and a runway show by featured designer Brunello Cucinelli. choa.org


MAY 14 | Ponce City Market and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)  present Food by Design, an ongoing series of free events and panel discussions covering food, urban agriculture, design, culture and more. Free and open to the public, the series kicks off on May 14th at 6 p.m. with Food for Thought: Innovation in Urban Agriculture, a discussion on the innovations in urban agriculture underway in Atlanta. poncecitymarket.com; museumofdesign.org


May 16 | Join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Southeast Chapter for a luncheon and panel discussion moderated by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Ralls and featuring leading architects and designers Norman Askins, Steven Gambrel, Suzanne Kasler, and Wade Weissmann. The event will also include a screening of the ICAA Classical City Guide – Atlanta, with narration by Norman Askins. Books are available for purchase and signings take place both before the luncheon and following the panel discussion. adacatlanta.com/events


May 1–31 | The Giving Kitchen Supper Club returns for its second year this month. To participate, start a Giving Kitchen Supper Club CrowdRise page and pledge support to The Giving Kitchen. Then, sign up online to receive a host kit, and plan your GK Supper Club party. During the supper club, hosts are asked to share the message of the Giving Kitchen and ask guests to donate in lieu of a dinner “ticket.” Don’t feel like cooking? Foot the bill at partnering restaurants, or pick up a GK Supper Club box form PeachDish. thegivingkitchen.org/supperclub


MAY 25–26 | Held at Paradise Garden on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Finster Fest honors the life and legacy of Summerville’s famous folk artist, the Rev. Howard Finster with works by over 50 folk and fine artists. Three live music areas will highlight  blues, folk, bluegrass and gospel, while Southern food includes the Garden Club gourmet tomato sandwiches, barbecue and roasted corn. paradisegardenfoundation.org


Mirage Triplette, Kees van der Westen, 2001

THROUGH JUN. 15 | The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) chronicles the evolution of the espresso machine with Passione Italiana, an exhibition showcasing mod-20th century Italian espresso makers, as well as innovative coffee sets and unique tableware. On view through June 15, the exhibition also highlights the influence of designers such as Aldo  Rossi, Toyo Ito, Richard Sapper and Massimiliano Fuksas. museumofdesign.org