IMC Closes AmericasMart and ADAC, Atlanta Design Festival Moves to September, and More News in Atlanta

little bear restaurant

The interior of Little Bear, a new eatery in Summerhill, was designed by Square Feet Studio.

Photo: Courtesy of Square Feet Studio

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.

Openings and Closings

IMC Closes AmericasMart and ADAC to the Public

In compliance with the City of Atlanta’s directives, International Market Centers (IMC) has closed the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) and AmericasMart Atlanta temporarily. IMC staff and tenants may access the buildings for essential business reasons, and all in-progress construction is permitted to continue, as long as social distancing is observed. “Our main priority is the health and safety of our customers, our team, our families, and our community,” said IMC CEO Bob Maricich in a statement. “The situation in Georgia, like all states, is evolving rapidly and we are reacting to new information and sharing it as quickly as possible.”

Square Feet Studio Designs Summerhill Eatery

Jarrett Stieber, the chef behind Little Bear, wanted a tiny, cozy restaurant. To accomplish his vision for the 30-seat, 1,376-square-foot eatery in Summerhill, he tapped Atlanta’s Square Feet Studio. “Jarrett was clear about his intention for the space to foster community and create an environment for locals to enjoy a heartfelt dining experience,” Square Feet Studios interior designer Carolyn Balfour tells AD PRO. To that end, they used local artists and fabricators including Kendrick Anderson to create the tabletops, Ryan Hancock to build the drink rail, Josh Hardesty to craft the banquettes, and artist Wihro Kim, who treated the bar top as a canvas for an abstract work of art. Though the restaurant is currently closed to sit-down diners due to COVID-19, the space hopes to reopen for business soon.

Product Launches

Architect Betsy Beaman Launches Goat Design

Atlanta-based architect Betsy Beaman has resigned her long-held position at EYP and has launched a new practice called Goat Design. Beaman, along with fellow architects Kimberly Stanley and Burn Sears, started Stanley Beaman & Sears in 1992. The company was sold to global firm EYP in 2016, and Beaman has since served as studio design principal. Now, in what Beaman calls her third act, she will maintain offices in both Atlanta and Hilton Head, South Carolina, and work on high-end contemporary residential projects, as well as those in health care, higher education, and the arts.


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