Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Zinc-Topped Tables & More: Warehouse Finds in Atlanta

The last few years a business trip hasn't been complete without time away for something design related. Last week's behind-the-scenes visits in Atlanta are all thanks to Richard Taylor of Flat Earth Designs (you may remember him from the post It's not leather, It's concrete!) who was very generous with his time and gave me a tour of some great design sources, including his own warehouse. First up is furniture designer Dave Lennard, whose warehouse is located right next to Richard's. Dave handcrafts large scale zinc-topped tables that are beautiful in both finish and proportion. Many of his designs have that sought after Belgian aesthetic. I also happen to be swooning over those chairs too!
This table with the rivets has more of an industrial edge to it.
Particularly love the patina of the zinc on this table. In addition to furniture, Dave carries industrial antiques and unique accessories. Good news is that his work is available to both the public and the trade. More info here.
A number of artists share the space with Dave and I couldn't help but notice this secretary desk in-progress.
Next up was a visit to the shared warehouse of four talented and friendly women - Margaret Bostick of The Silk Purse, Inc., Lisa Burnett of Inner Pieces, and Glenis Rose and Marlene Buckalew of Birts & Grits. Their gorgeous finds from trips to France and Belgium are available to-the-trade and to the public via Scott Antique Markets (North Bldg., A-6, #162-165). They had just come back from a successful weekend at Scott's and their warehouse was still full of unique things - I can only imagine the before-Scott's version.
Beautiful urn. Why can't carry-on suitcases be larger?!

Gorgeous marble topped tables that would look smart with many different decors.

Thought this was quite creative - boxwood balls resting on iron scrolls.


I love these two metal containers to the left.

Just before leaving I noticed these three oil paintings and fell in love with the two on the ends. Margaret had mentioned she found these in Ghent, Belgium; part of an original set of 11 by an amateur painter. I love the quality of the light and have found the perfect place for them in my house.
A bit more - here's a look at Richard's work in the raw, pre-staining stage. His pieces are made with the more expensive and higher quality white concrete (as opposed to gray). Below is a finished Watts Pot - amazing difference; although the unfinished white pieces have their own appeal too.
I meant to take more pictures of his warehouse as I found the whole place fascinating & so much larger than I imagined it. There's different sections devoted to creating rubber molds, casting pieces, and experimenting with new designs. Plus, on one wall of large scale shelves there's a huge collection of design magazines - any blogger's dream!

Sources:
Dave Lennard 941. 232. 2925, Margaret Bostick, The Silk Purse, Inc. 404. 431. 5422, Lisa Burnett, 404. 808. 7135, Brits & Grits, Glenis Rose 678. 656. 5973 and Marlene Buckalew 770. 815. 2696., Richard Taylor of Flat Earth Designs (to-the-trade and at Round Top)

23 comments:

Concrete Jungle said...

You all are so spoiled in Atlanta...what a choice of
delights!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I think I'd like to join you for your next business trip! What incredible finds.

Willow Decor said...

Beautiful! His urns are stunning!! looks like a great trip!
xx-Gina

for the love of a house said...

DEE-LISH!! Such fun!
Love your oil paintings! I would have chosen the same ones (have a bit of a thing for water oils myself;)
Glad it was such a good trip. I miss our regular trips to the Scott show...
joan

Jennifer said...

all so beautiful and unique! which reminds me, I have GOT to get back to Scott's ASAP!

Karena said...

Wow what great finds. I see so much I would love to have! Very unique and interesting pieces!

Karena
Art by Karena

Ms. Givens said...

Your post are always amazing!

Hello Lover... said...

So many beautiful things here! Those zinc topped tables are absolutely stunning - I love the little bit of nail head trim around the edges. This place looks amazing!

Andrea said...

The amateur paintings are wonderful finds...and Ghent is an amazing city! I suppose I am predjudiced to Belgium though, as I lived in Bruxelles...I miss the Brocantes and auction houses so much!

Boxwood Terrace said...

You saw some beautiful things, Michele. I envy your business trips! Of course, I'm partial to the boxwood balls on the iron scrolls--like you said, very creative!

Pear Tree Cottage said...

Absolutely fantastic! Another beautiful post Michele! I am sorry to have missed you in ATL! I was just there last week at the market...found lots of great loot for Pear Tree Cottage! Hope to see you soon! Frances

Moxie Maley said...

What great pieces!! Love the zinc-top tables!

Gretchen said...

WOW! Sounds like a successful trip. LOVE your blog, thanks for sharing.

sherry said...

So glad you got to see all Atlanta had to offer! I have known Dave who makes the tables for a while. I bought a table from him in 2005 for a project in Rosemary Beach, Florida. He is awesome and I am so glad he is finding so much success! When he started using zinc it made my heard go "pitter pat"! I only wish I have space large enough for one!!!

Kerri said...

This is perfect timing. I posted a few days ago about needing a new top for my vintage turned-leg dining table, and a few people suggested zinc. From your post, it's obvious zince is a great choice - just look at those beautiful examples! Oh, and as an artist, I love those oil paintings too. Maybe I need to schedule a trip to Atlanta sometime soon? Thanks for the great post, and now following so I don't miss another minute of your fabulous blog! K xx

LindsB said...

Really pretty finds! I love those marble top end tables and the flower mirror. I agree with Concrete Jungle, you really are spoiled down there :)

Val said...

I'am in love with this post!!!!!!!

LLH Designs said...

I had one of these zinc tables in my house on approval (blogged about it while I had it, which was fun). Loved how chic it was, but I decided to go with the warmth of all wood in my dining room. Hard decision!

Do you think this same craftsman makes them for Mecox?

Haooy weekend!
Linsey

beachbungalow8 said...

demijohn bottles and zinc tops! what a treasure trove.

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Cote de Texas said...

his tables are amazing. those are soooo fine!!!!! omg! i love that one at the beginning. wish I had had this source!!!!!!!

Kevin Graves said...

Those are amazing. I wish I could get my beautiful round oak table covered with zinc!
Love that Watts pot (white concrete) it looks like the patina of an old French lead pot.

aaves said...

Good luck to the author! all the best!I used this site to get information for that i can used to redesign the office at data center atlanta..Nice pieces i must say..Definitely a good find..

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