September 19, 2011
Pop-Shop ‘Til You Drop
A temporary pop-up shop in Midtown curated by Michael Habachy brings the best of Atlanta artisans to one space thru Oct. 31
By Nancy Staab
- Portrait by Troy Stains
It doesn’t get much better than a shop curated by local designer Michael Habachy. He has one of the best eyes in town—one that blends the glamorous with the funky/edgy/contemporary and the elegant with the downright eclectic.
“Curated” is quite the buzzword these days, and one we’ve taken as a motto at LuxeCrush, but in the hands of someone like interior designer Michael Habachy, the act of curation is indeed an art form. Who else would mix large Calderesque mobiles of old piano keys, Marie Antoinette-style plaster busts, cut-out leather dresses, intricate sea urchins carved out of plastic bottles, delicate art works of oil rigs rendered in gold-leaf, and a life-size horse lamp and somehow make it all work?
The only unifier for this eclectic mix is Habachy’s own discriminating eye. The result: a Corso Como-esque collection of unique, hand-picked and hand-made objets d’art by more than 20 of Atlanta’s most noted artists and artisans. The fact that this cosmopolitan collection of fashion, jewelry, furnishings and art is all local is quite a tribute to our growing arts scene. There is literally something for every taste at this chic boutique-- from sexy, custom furniture by Habachy (think black calf hair banquettes), glam fashions by Laura Brazil, mesmerizing portraits by Neda Abghari, sculpture by Michi Meko and exotic wood couture handbags by Bowens Bergeron. Best of all, The Creatives Project (www.thecchp.org) is the gallery's non-profit benficiary. The Creatives Project is a local organization that provides educational outreach programs as well as residency and studio space for artists. But do your haute holiday shopping early because this pop up gallery closes after Oct. 31.
The Michael Habachy Pop-Up Gallery is open Thursdays-Sundays, from now until Oct. 31, noon to 8PM, with private showings by appointment only.
The gallery is located at 999 Peachtree Street in the same building as Empire State South and in space donated by Jamestown Properties. Validated parking is offered for the parking garage off 9th Street. For more on Michael's designs visit www.habachydesigns.com
SEE BELOW FOR SLIDESHOWS OF THE STORE'S FAB PRODUCTS AND THE OPENING NIGHT PARTY