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Showrooms Host Private Shopping Sessions, Duravit Hires Pascal Powell, and More News in Atlanta

Certain design showrooms, like Verde Home, are continuing to stay partially open for by-appointment-only shopping sessions.

Photo: Courtesy of Verde Home

With events for designers happening daily, and new projects cropping up all over the city, keeping track of all the goings-on in Atlanta can be a tall order. That’s why AD PRO is here to keep you informed for the week.

Local Design Showrooms Host Private Shopping Sessions

Amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, some local showrooms are offering private shopping appointments to balance safety and service. “We are taking it day by day,” Verde Home co-owner Kent Schneider tells AD PRO. “The decision was so we could have minimal staff around to receive any goods and process any incoming orders. It also allows designers to visit us safely if they choose.” Similarly, the Habachy Designs + Atelier showroom at ADAC is temporarily closed to the public. However, it “will be available by appointment, with appropriate social distancing precautions in place,” according to a statement from founder Michael Habachy.

Pop Artist Launches Work to Benefit COVID-19 Response Efforts

United Way of Greater Atlanta has created a fund to support those most vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic. As part of the campaign, pop artist R. Land—best known for his ubiquitous Pray for ATL art—has created a new design called Wash for ATL, featuring the praying hands covered in soap suds. A portion of proce from every T-shirt sold will be donated to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Locally based organizations, including Coca-Cola, Woodruff Foundation, and the Arthur Blank Foundation, have donated $5 million each to the cause.

Laura Deems Launches Digital Flipbook

In light of social distancing recommendations, artist Laura Deems has postponed the release of her newest body of work, LD x JSS Ladies. Instead, she has launched her first iteration of the LD Journal, a digital flipbook walking viewers through the entirety of the collection. The series focuses on 20 of John Singer Sargent’s 19th-century portraits of women; Deems has reinterpreted these paintings in works on paper and canvas. Pieces from the collection will be available following a physical launch at a yet-to-be-decided event in the future.

Duravit Hires Pascal Powell As Southeast Regional Sales Manager

Pascal Powell has joined Duravit USA as a regional sales manager, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry. “We are thrilled to welcome Pascal to Duravit. It is always a pleasure to integrate a dedicated industry member to the organization,” Duravit USA president Tim Schroeder said in a statement. “Pascal’s proven track record and extensive knowledge of the luxury bath industry are sure to make a great impact on our market.” Over the last 15 years, Powell has directed manufacturer representatives in the region. In his new role, he will be tasked with accelerating and delivering increased sales in the Southeast.