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November 18, 2012

Grand Opening Gala for MODA’s Next Wave Exhibit

Atlanta’s Creative Class Turned Out En Masse for this Designer Do

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Top local and regional designers teamed in pairs to create creative and over-the-top constructs for Museum of Design Atlanta’s latest exhibit, curated by Goodrowe Hobby.

Scenes from the grand opening of the Next Wave exhibit at MODA Scenes from the grand opening of the Next Wave exhibit at MODA

The VIPs

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) Exec. Director Brenda Galina, and New Wave exhibit curators David Goodrowe and Tim Hobby of  the Aesthetic Identity Design firm  Goodrowe /Hobby, Honorary Chair Suzanne Kasler, Design Excellence Honoree Robert Currey


The Venue

The Perkins + Will-designed Museum of Design Atlanta in Midtown


Party Highlights

Jennifer and Doug Astrop Jennifer and Doug Astrop

Southern interior and set designers were paired with object designers in fields ranging from fashion and art to jewelry, to create innovative, design-centric vignettes highlighting Southern design. The results were 16 eye-popping, over-the-top tableaux from Marie Antoinette to 21st-century in inspiration, featuring flashing neon, sound effects, live paintings by sketch artist Jarno Kettunen, digital wallpaper, artistic murals, fashion-forward gowns and couture carved handbags, gold, glass and precious jewelry, fine art and hand-crafted furnishings. Highlights included a rocker-sexy purple lair by Michael Habachy kitted out with a mural by Amy Rader, flashing neon, and custom guitars by Peter Solomon; Goodrowe/Hobby’s own Goth-gorgeous vignette with a glossy black mannequin in all-black, mirrored interior and garbed in custom ivory couture gown by Tim Hobby; Artist Clint Bearden’s gold-drenched, semi-mythological dreamscape with jeweler Susan Coddon; and the bold, red-and-black setting with fantastically wigged mannequins by Bill Musso and his interior design group, plus wigs by artist Quron Hicks and handbags by Bowens-Bergeron. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hand-made sushi, artistic desserts, a full dinner buffet, a DJ, live opera singers and other interactive entertainments while admiring the artistic settings. Each vignette was enhanced with the Skovr app to allow viewers to access facts and videos about the designers , vignettes, and installation process. All visitors to the museum will be allowed to vote on the best designer vignette with the winner announce when the exhibit closes in March.


The Scene-Makers

A creative crowd of design lovers: Amy and Allen Nelson, Jennifer and Doug Astrop, Liz Lapidus, Randi Lane and Ken Goldwasser, Harriet Leibowitz, Mark Miller Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel, Phil Harrison, Debbie Neese, andCathie Wilson mingled with the designers themselves, including Lisa Stein, Nancy VanDevender, Thom Baker, Caryn Grossman, Chris Buxbaum, Maken Imcha, Michel Boyd, Caroline Mae Heidenreich, Sara Harris, Joe Manus, Kathleen Plate, Christopher Moulder.


The Cause

Proceeds from the evening benefitted the Museum of Design Atlanta. “The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge” will be on exhibit through March 2013. The LEED-designed museum in Midtown is also available for private event rental. For more info about the museum and exhibit visit:

Lisa Stein and Sara Harrison with their jewelry window collaboration with Frabel Glass Lisa Stein and Sara Harrison with their jewelry window collaboration with Frabel Glass



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