As visitors walk through the exhibit, they view vignettes, which are small spaces, each designed by one interior or set designer, and one object designer to create some kind of scene in an assigned color scheme.
Designers were chosen through a submission and jury process last summer.
Exhibition curators David Goodrowe and Tim Hobby, co-founders of the design firm Goodrowe | Hobby, created the vignette pairs.
“The interior designers are all experienced and the object designers are emerging,” said Goodrowe, of Cabbagetown.
He said he tried to make it a challenge for each designer by creating pairs with varying personalities and design styles.
Most of the vignettes will be part of a competition as well, and the winner will be revealed in February after visitors cast their votes for the best vignette.
Each vignette has its own story and mood, and Goodrowe said they collectively offer a wide exposition on Southern design.
Goodrowe and Hobby designed a vignette called “Shattered Boundaries,” which has a black dramatic theme, with a tall mannequin wearing an eye-catching wig of thick black hair.
“She is walking through a mirror covered with butterflies and the chairs are going through the wall,” he said.
Interior designer Michael Habachy, of Midtown, designed “The Sound Lounge,” which is purple themed with electric guitars, a custom-designed chaise lounge and a rug made from laser-cut cow hide.
Habachy, who designed Vanquish and Reign nightclubs in Atlanta, said he wants people to feel like they were invited to Prince or Lenny Kravitz’ home.
“A lot of time and thought went into this,” Habachy said. “It’s like a little night club. … It’s like stepping into a completely rock and roll world.”
Unique to his vignette, buttons are placed beside it so viewers can press and listen to rock and roll music, which was actually created using the guitar sitting on Habachy’s chaise lounge.
“I love creating,” he said, “and coming up with ideas on paper and watching them evolve.”
Titles of some other vignettes include “Fashion in Captivity,” “Alchemic Vision” and “Energy required.”
“Traveling Sound” is a vignette designed by Savannah College of Art and Design student Sarah Hemingway, who turned vintage suitcases into functioning speakers.
Another vignette, “Liquid Runway,” is made completely from reduced Coca-Cola products, Goodrowe said, and the artist actually painted its walls on site when the exhibit opened earlier this month.
While on tour, visitors will be able to access facts, designer biographies and videos showing the installation process of the vignettes.
If you go:
o What: “The South’s Next Wave” exhibit
oWhen: now through March 31
o Where: Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree Road,
o Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for
college students and $8 for seniors
o Information: www.museumofdesign.org.