Atlanta Design Festival: May 26-Jun. 3

MA! Architecture Tour 2017

Atlanta Design Festival, organised by MA!, will be returning for the twelfth year to the city of Atlanta, Georgia from 26th May to 3rd June 2018 with a new Midtown location for its Design Economy Expo and talks programme.

Providing a world-class showcase of leading international designers, brands and companies, the festival will continue to play host to Atlanta’s renowned MA! Architecture Tours, yearly Design Economy Expo and will feature showroom events, exhibitions, live talks, workshops and installations. Activities will run over 9 days with unique events spanning the whole of the city, alongside satellite architecture tours taking place in Asheville and Serenbe.

The Woodruff Arts Center will act as a base for Design Economy Expo while the talks programme will be held in the neighboring High Museum of Art’s Hill Auditorium. The new Peachtree Street location will act as a Midtown“Gateway”, allowing access to more visitors than ever before.

Flux by Onno Adriaanse

The Design Economy Expo 2018

Hosting design brands without a permanent presence in Atlanta, The Design Economy Expo is a curated event tailored to grow the design economy and showcase the industries’ leading established and emerging international brands whose products and services help to shape the future of cities.

The 2018 Design Economy Expo, in its new location of the Woodruff Arts Center, will take place on 30th May – 2nd June 2018 and will feature a range of residential and commercial products for architecture, design and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover products for contemporary interiors and exteriors, thought-provoking installations, continuing education classes for design professionals, and talks for the design-seeking consumer.

MA! Architecture Tour 2017

MA! Architecture Tour 2018

Since 2007, Atlanta Design Festival has presented a series of architecture tours providing exclusive access to the best residential, commercial and contract design in the city from both established and emerging architects and design studios.

The nationally recognised tour introduces the latest trends in sustainable materials, architectural systems and interior design to a captive audience of decision-makers and the general public.

2018 will be no different with tours taking place in Asheville, North Carolina (May 27th , 2018), Serenbe (May 28th, 2018), and Atlanta, Georgia (June 2-3, 2018). MA! have also partnered with Atlanta Magazine HOME to present their Modern Style Show House as part of the tour, showcasing two modern homes design by Atlanta-based architect Jordache Avery of Xmetrical.

Design Within Reach Atlanta showroom


Integral to the festival are the local resident design showrooms, many of whom partner with MA!, offering an array of stimulating topic-led events including talks, workshops, installations and product launches. Over 75 design brands have committed to Design is Human in the past 10 years, including high-end furniture, lighting, kitchen and bathroom brands alongside specialist manufacturers,

A selection of showrooms taking part in the 2018 festival include: Roche Bobois, BoConcept, Illuminations, Design Within Reach and Room & Board.

Design Economy Panel Discussion

Design Economy Philosophy

Atlanta Design Festival 2018 seeks to develop Atlanta’s growing design economy revolution including promoting industry, commerce and culture. Billions annually is spent directly and indirectly on design in Atlanta and the southeast; and decision-makers are increasingly looking for new and imaginative products and solutions that bring bold ideas to life.

For 2018, MA! have commissioned Ortus Economic Research to create a report showing how much the design industries contribute to the local economy in Georgia. Ortus were guests in 2017 where they presented the evidence they produced for the UK Design Council’s Design Economy Report. Ortus will present their evidence during the festival at the High Museum of Art.

About MA!

Atlanta Design Festival (formerly Design is Human Atlanta) is organised by MA! Design is Human, a creative enterprise platform helping to grow brand awareness and sustainable prosperity in design. MA! Design is Human is dedicated to use its expertise in helping Atlanta and businesses understand what a design economy means to economic growth and where resources are best invested. Founded in 2007 by Bernard McCoy and Elayne DeLeo, MA!’s expertise integrates design and marketing into an eco-system of valued services and industry events to grow the international design economy and connect professionals preoccupied with the best design can offer.

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By plane: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International AirportPublic Transport: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)


About Atlanta, Georgia

Metro Atlanta has a population of over 5 million and is the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the capital and business hub of Georgia.16 Fortune 500 companies are based in Atlanta including Coca Cola, Delta, Mercedes-Benz USA, Porsche, UPS and Home Depot.

Atlanta houses more than 600 architectural and interior design practices, including Gensler, HOK, Perkins+Will, Square Feet Studio, BLDGS, and Lightroom, amongst others.The new Mercedes-Benz stadium, designed by HOK and home to the Atlanta Falcons (NFL) and Atlanta United FC (MLS), opened on 30 July 2017 and will host the Super Bowl in 2018.