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April 16, 2012

Our ATL Posse Makes the Spring 2012 Glossies

Atlanta talents received plenty of play in the press this season—from haute designers to the eco vanguard

By Nancy Staab

Cacao Atlanta gets the stylish treatment in a full-blown feature in this month’s Town & Country magazine, Gallerina Emily Amy is named a Signorina Girl About Town by Ferragamo, Ted Turner takes the land back, wily game theorist Ian Bogost turns social gaming on its head, Wes Gordon gets the Coveteur treatment and Suzanne Kasler gets lavish spreads in Architectural Digest and Veranda.


Cacao chocolates and owner Kristen Hard Cacao chocolates and owner Kristen Hard

Cacao’s Kristen Hard Scores a Feature in Town & Country

The May issue of Town & Country devotes three pages to Cacao Atlanta’s Kristen Hard in a piece entitled “Hard Candy.” She is touted for her bean-to-bar methodology and her mission to make the world consider chocolate as seriously as it does its wines. Indeed, her passionate pursuit of high quality artisan chocolate with true terroir or authentic cacao bean flavors, is analogous to the complex and magical world of winemaking. The Town & Country piece also includes an original photo of Hard’s Love Bars originally published on and shot by our own photographer Colby Blount! But that’s not Cacao’s only recent press rave. The March issue of Bon Appetit calls Hard out as one of the top eight artisanal chocolate-makers in America. 



Susanne Kasler's own home in Architectural Digest Susanne Kasler's own home in Architectural Digest

Suzanne Kasler Gets Nods from Architectural Digest

Designer Suzanne Kasler Designer Suzanne Kasler

The April 2012 issue of Architectural Digest provides a picture-perfect peek into designer Suzanne Kasler’s new Buckhead home with architectural renovation by Atlanta’s William T. Baker. The stately white manse houses cool cream, honey, apricot and ice blue interiors, a charming French pool and terrace and adorable French-style folly house. One of our favorite details: the custom mirrored frieze in the dining room that glints in the sunlight. The architectural renovation of the exterior was inspired by early 19th century Regent’s Park mansions in London. Earlier in  the year, Suzanne Kasler also made Architectural Digest’s list of top 100 Designers, as did Atlanta native Miles Redd, now based in NYC.

Kasler's Living Room in Architectural Digest Kasler's Living Room in Architectural Digest




Gary and Doni Rhineheart's library by Suzanne Kasler in Veranda magazine Gary and Doni Rhineheart's library by Suzanne Kasler in Veranda magazine

Both Suzanne Kasler and Stan Topol Grace the Pages of Veranda

Veranda magazine’s March/April issue devoted countless pages to the French-inflected house of Atlantans Gary and Doni King Rhineheart, with interiors by Suzanne Kasler, plus detailing by John Oetgen and Thierry Francois and architecture by William T. Baker. The house brims with a continental mix of chic furnishings, including vintage French chairs, a Bagués lamp, antique Austrian library table and antique garden urns on gilt wood pedestals. We also adore the refined library with bookshelves edged in gold and the backdrops painted a moody Russian blue.

In the same issue Veranda also showcases a Naples, Florida, villa with a minimalist glam feel courtesy of Atlanta interior designer Stan Topol. The elegantly pared down interiors put the spotlight on a few choice pieces such as art by Hen Frankenthaler, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg; a French Art Deco cabinet, and various antiquities such as a Sphinx statue.


Stan Topol's Naples, FL, project in Veranda magazine Stan Topol's Naples, FL, project in Veranda magazine



Emily Amy as a Girls on the Town influencer for Ferragamo and her style picks Emily Amy as a Girls on the Town influencer for Ferragamo and her style picks

Gallery Owner Emily Amy Tapped as a "Signorina: Girl About Town" by Ferragamo

Congrats to gallery owner Emily Amy who was just selected as one of just 15 female style influencers in different international cities for Ferragamo's new Girls About Town campaign. The girls are asked to blog about some of their favorite art, food, culture, fashion etc. picks on as a promotion for Ferragamo's new Signorina perfume. Check out Amy's current posting, which highlights her art-filled Westside abode, her stunning Emily Amy Gallery (also in Westside), her favorite pink ricky drink form Abbatoir's bar, a matching hot pink Ferragamo bag that is tres chic, etc. Ferragamo describes their Girls About Town candidates as "an influencer with a polished finger on the pulse of what is cool in her city--whether running from gallery openings to an all-night dance party with friends or meandering through undiscovered neighborhoods for the best vintage finds..." in other words, Emily Amy to a "T!" 


Ted Turner Turns Cover Boy at Garden & Gun Magazine

Ted Turner on the cover of Garden & Gun. Ted Turner on the cover of Garden & Gun.

Atlanta native, media mogul and conservation guru Ted Turner take the cover of the April/May issue of Garden & Gun. Inside the magazine, Turner gives the writer a private tour of his latest land acquisition, the nearly nine-thousand-acre Nonami Plantation near Albany, Georgia. The cover story is entitled “Southern Heroes: 11 Visionaries Saving the South’s Wild Places.” Turner is characterized as the second largest private land owner in the country with 2.1 million acres from the Southeast to Montana, and New Mexico to Argentina. Characterized as land management programs, Turner’s goal for these acquisitions is to return them as close as possible to their natural states, preserve them, and restore their plant and animal wildlife. And it seems Turner’s devotion to wildlife began via childhood reading. In the article he states, “When I was a boy…I used to be fascinated by bison. There were still two hundred thousand of them—down from millions of them—and by the time I was an adult, they were almost extinct. And as a boy I would read about them. At the house, growing up, we had a pretty extensive collection of books. And I read everything. I liked reading books on biology. About the environment. About birds and plants.”

Also featured as one of the "11 Southern Heroes" in Garden and Gun’s “land issue:” Bluffton, Georgia, farmer/ “enlightened cowboy” Will Harris of White Oak Plantation with his free-ranging cattle, lamb and poultry and chemical-free farming methods.

Meanwhile, within the foodie pages of G&G, John T. Edge rhapsodizes about Empire State South restaurant—from executive chef Ryan Smith’s cornmeal-dusted sweetbreads with taragon jus and grits custard to Cynthia Wong’s maple flan capped with a Tokay-spiked caramel, while sommelier Steven Gubbs is characterized as “a madman with a yen for Reislings and Barolos.” Even the quirky “Jules Verne spends a Week on the Farm” décor gets a shout-out. Edge concludes: “Each dish that emerges from the Empire State South kitchen tips its hat to the South. And then lights out for new provinces.”


Southern Living Gives Props to Decatur’s Dining Scene

Kristin and Billy Allin in Southern Living Kristin and Billy Allin in Southern Living

The April Issue of Southern Living dishes on the South’s Ten Tastiest Towns. Though Decatur, Georgia, did not win the reader’s poll it is praised for its laid-back good eats as spots such as Cakes & Ale, No. 246, Farm Burger and the Brick Store Pub. We love the “Southern Gothic” inspired photo of Cakes & Ale’s Billy and Kristin Allin. Instead of a pitchfork and overalls, Billy hold onto a Ponce de Leon Ave road sign and sports a “Who’s Your Farmer?” t-shirt, while Kristin cradles a hen in her arms. Also: in the Georgia Living section of the April Southern Living boasts a profile of  the acclaimed Sweet Grass Dairy near Thomasville, Georgia. Their prize cow’s milk cheeses like Asher Blue supply many an Atlanta restaurant, as well as the kitchens of Per Se in New York and Blackberry Farm in Tennessee.



Ian Bogost as featured in Wired magazine Ian Bogost as featured in Wired magazine

Wired Magazine Highlights Georgia Tech. Game Developer Ian Bogost

Speaking of cows, game developer and Georgia Tech digital media professor Ian Bogost was highlighted in the January issue of Wired in an amusing and provocative article entitled “Curse of Cow Clicker.” It seems Bogost’s plot to devise the most exploitive, stupid videogame on the planet in order to expose the fallacies in social gaming, actually made him an overnight sensation. Move over Farmville and Angry Birds, Bogost’s Facebook game Cow Clicker, which was as simple as it sounds, incredibly attracted tens of thousands of players mindlessly clicking on cartoon cow pictures. As if to underscore the absurdity, winners were awarded golden udders or cowbells and Bogost added more dumb features to the Cow Clicker game as it progressed, until the game was put out to pasture in September of 2011. The satire may have been lost on many, and Bogost is still ambivalent about whether Cow Clicker was his most colossal failure or success, but he maintains his faith that video games can be used as tools to educate and enlighten. We will have to stay tuned for Bogost’s next gaming breakthrough and hope it’s a little more substantive than his back-firing clow clicker experiment! As the article describes, “Bogost’s role in the gaming industry is much like that of the acid-tongued class clown who knows he’s smarter than his teachers…His acerbic perspective has won him invitations to countless gamin conferences, where he always commands the center of attention…” so we expect big things to come from Bogost!



Tassels co-owners Juli Bauman and Lynne Halpern Tassels co-owners Juli Bauman and Lynne Halpern

Tassels Named a “Store We Adore!” by the jewelry industry magazine JCK

Buckhead jewelry boutique Tassels was featured in a two-page story in a recent issue of JCK, the jewelry industry’s prime publication. The article cites Tassels for “selling uncommonly beautiful, cutting-edge jewelry to the city,” while co-owner Juli Bauman characterized Tassels as “a precious jewel box, with an edge.” The magazine calls out Tassel’s chic décor of pale pink walls, swanky zebra print chairs, “bubbly” crystal chandelier and bright orange armoire, not to mention one-of-a-kind jewels not found elsewhere in Atlanta by designers like Cathy Waterman, Carolina Bucci, L.A. Stein and Temple St. Clair. Meanwhile, co-owner Lynne Halpern cites the curated, hand-picked quality of their ever-changing jewelry collection and exceptional customer service. It all adds up to one multi-faceted bauble boutique!



Wes Gordon as featured in The Coveteur Wes Gordon as featured in The Coveteur

Wes Gordon Featured on Coveteur’s fashion blog

Wes Gordon may have skipped Atlanta long ago for fashion design school in London (at Central St. Martins) and then NYC for internships with Oscar de La Renta and Tom Ford, before launching his own fashion house. However, we still like to claim him as our native son. And now our boy has made the coveted pages of The Coveteur fashion blog ( As is their fashion, they shoot designer’s wares and objets d’art in arresting still lifes created in the designer’s own home. In the case of the Wes Gordon shoot, we get to gawk at Gordon’s custom fur pillows, fancy liquor collection, art, books, bespoke scarves, Dior Homme kicks and beguiling velvet Wooten & Stubbs slippers embellished with red devils with pitchforks. Speaking of shoes, Gordon recently collaborated with Manolo Blahnik on silver chain-mail peep toe pumps and oxblood velvet pumps for Gordon’s Fall