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a walk on the wild side

January 18, 2016

Martin Nash

 

Don’t coming looking for beige at Martin Nash’s showroom in Atlanta. With its urban feel, the showroom uses glamour, color and materials in unexpected ways to help create spaces that are both sophisticated and surprising.

The owner & background: Nash moved to Atlanta from London as a child when his father was hired by Lockheed Martin. Growing up in a European household in the South gave him a different perspective. Nash studied interior design at the Art Institute of Atlanta and worked for premier showrooms in the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) for 16 years.

He opened the Martin Nash showroom in 2013 with his business partner and best friend, interior designer, Dee Simmons.

The showroom: With its urban and organic feel, the showroom is an eclectic mix of furniture, lighting, art, found objects, plus textiles and wall coverings. We mix old and new, contemporary and classic, said Nash. We’re the anti-beige, anti-corporate showroom in ADAC.

What makes my showroom different from other stores/showrooms in Atlanta: The showroom brings a little New York and Los Angeles to Atlanta. Many of the manufacturers we represent are new to Atlanta. We sell “lifestyle,” not “product.”

The main goods: Several industry-leading manufacturers, such as William Switzer, Interior Crafts, Chip + Company and Maya Romanoff.

Other favorites: The Balinese artifacts and found objects from Chip + Company. They bring a necessary curated layer to the showroom.

Popular gift items: Vintage Emilio Pucci and Vera Neumann scarfs made into throw pillows ($500 to $600 each).

People would be surprised to learn…: We carry gallery and museum quality artwork.
Local artists and sculptors we represent include: Esteban Patino, Todd Alexander, Dane Jefferson, Bruno Armesto, Emily Humphreys, Eunice Chang and Brycedius Samples.

Claim to fame: Bringing an urban grittiness to ADAC. The graffiti mural made a pretty big statement. “This is not your grandmother’s showroom” is a comment we have heard many times.”

Favorite Atlanta-area home/design stores (other than my own): Paris on Ponce and Scott’s Antique Market.

Every room needs: Accessories that are old and collected.

Design pet peeve: Playing it safe. Yaaaawwwn…..

Current design obsession: Organic Modern. It doesn’t have to be shiny and smooth to be modern.

New (or re-emerging) designs I like: French Moderne furniture from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Timeless design.

Favorite piece in my home: A vintage 1920’s ad poster from Paris of a Mexican brand of chocolate.
Can’t stop buying: Vintage amber cocktail glassware.

Find Martin Nash at:
• Website: www.martinnash.com

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