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July 31, 2011

It’s A Chic-Wave!

Meet the duo behind Atlanta’s Gen-Next style brigade, Design Collective

By Nancy Staab

  • Portrait by Colby Blount
  • Photo shot at R. Hughes showroom at White Provision

When Atlanta tastemakers Hillary Linthicum and Capella Kincheloe met at a local fine antiques shop last year, the result was designer kismet, sparking not only a friendship, but a new Design Collective to channel the scattered energies of ATL’s new creative class. We can’t wait to see what this designer duo comes up with next.

Capella Kincheloe and Hillary Linthicum of Design Collective at R. Hughes showroom,Westside. Capella Kincheloe and Hillary Linthicum of Design Collective at R. Hughes showroom,Westside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Atlanta tastemakers Hillary Linthicum and Capella Kincheloe met at a local fine antiques shop last year, the result was designer kismet, sparking not only a friendship, but a new Design Collective to channel the scattered energies of ATL’s new creative class. We can’t wait to see what this designer duo comes up with next.

Designer Hillary Linthicum has been lending her pared down polish to Atlanta impresario Bill Peace’s firm Peace Design since 2003 http://peacedesign.org/flash/home.html. Capella Kincheloe of Capella Kincheloe Interior Design http://www.capellakincheloe.com/ is a relative newcomer to Atlanta by way of the famed Michael Smith’s design studio in Los Angeles (Smith has fluffed the homes of such celebs as Cindy Crawford and Steven Spielberg) and in her free time Capella constructs custom pillows for her Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/people/CapellaKID and logs time on her blog A Curated Lifestyle http://www.acuratedlifestyle.blogspot.com

Sensing that Atlanta lacked a solid social and support group for the city’s new wave of  design professional (not only interior designers but also architects, artists, etc.) Lithicum and Kincheloe formed the non-profit, invite-only Design Collective (DC) last year to foment creative collisions and out-of-the-box collaborations, plus provide collective support to ATL’s growing creative class. In addition to monthly membership social cocktails and seminars at swanky local design shops like Robuck and Company, R. Hughes, Verde Home, Ainsworth and Noah, Beau Holland Studio, Kolo Collection and Tecnosedia, where you will enjoy one of the more eclectic monthly gatherings of talents in the city (gallerist Emily Amy, architect Peter Block, jewelry designer Mark Edge, PR pro Liz Lapidus, antiques dealer Kristen Marooney and interior designer Niki  Papadopoulos, to name a few),  D.C. also sponsors Design Anonymous Q&A panels and other custom events. Up next a friendly, local window design competition, Windows on Design, pairing local designers with some of the city’s poshest showrooms. “Celebrating Atlanta” is this year’s theme, with the womped-up designer windows (eat your heart out Simon Doonan) on display Nov. 1-Nov. 16, throughout town: consider it DIFFA Dining by Design for the Gen-Next Set!

 Read on for Capella and Hillary’s own “chic sheets” and their future vision for their  cool Collective.

 For more information visit  www.designcollectiveatl.com

 

How did you come up with the idea for a Design Collective (D.C.)?

 

HL: We felt like the Atlanta design community was missing something…a place for all creatives and their support system 

 

CK:  The organization began very organically and is still developing as we see new places to grow.

 

Who is allowed to join D.C.?

 

HL: Any creative individual who believes in our purpose and is willing to be a part of the cause.

 

What is your take on the design community in Atlanta and any changes you would like to see?

 

HL:  I think our design community is amazing and very supportive of one another. I would like to see cutting-edge events like Flux become more common in our city...exposure to out-of-the-box thinking is so inspiring!

 

How would you describe your own interior design approach?

 

HL: Collected. I try to surround myself with the things that make me smile; whether it is the wacky 1950’s sofa I inherited from my great aunt or a wonderful modern painting, I feel that if it is a reflection of you, it works. 

 

CK: My goal for each space I design is to create a balance.  I want the space to have a comfortable luxury, with influences of nature, culture, and history.  This way it reflects the client and does not seem overly “done.”

 

Design idols, past or present?

 

HL: The masters of the Art Deco period: Jean Michel Frank and Ruhlmann were so incredibly talented. They created a lifestyle. Today…I think Herve Van Der Straeten, David Weeks, the Starn Brothers and Coup d’ Etat are creating some amazing lighting, furniture and artwork that will be our generations’ treasures.

 

CK:  My Design Idols: Miles Redd for his over-the-top use of color; my former boss Michael Smith for his attention to detail and ability to put elements together in unexpected, but brilliant ways; Peter Dunham for his use of natural and global elements; Albert Hadley for paving the way and being bold.  I could go on and on, I respect designers who are unique, original and fearless.  

 

Most over the top design statement you have made?

 

HL:  A dozen of David Week’s “Boi” sconces on a fully mirrored bathroom vanity wall off a bunk / play room for kids.  It was playful.

 

Design faux pas?

 

HL:  Obvious knock offs.  If you want to create something, go for it, but don’t blatantly steal a design.  It will never be as good as the original.

 

CK:  An animal rug – a zebra skin rug may look cool, but having a hide on the floor is very unappealing to me.

 

What should every décor have for luxe living?

 

HL: Beautiful coffee table books.  They are inspiring in so many ways.

 

Favorite design websites or blogs:

 

HL:  1st Dibs (can’t live without it!), Yummy Scrumptious, A Curated Lifestyle (because I know Capella won’t toot her own horn!) and Ralph Pucci International.

HL: I have always loved Ralph Pucci’s combination of well-designed furnishings with fashion and art.

 

CK: I find myself looking at auction websites like Sotheby’s, Christie’s, or Bonhams for inspiration and it is also good place to educate yourself about furniture types, costs, and eras. Plus I probably read far too many design blogs and many of our members have great blogs.

 

Any interiors you particularly lust after from the movies or TV?

 

HL:  Mad Men is so well done…not sure anyone else can beat them right now.

 

CK:  I worked on film and television in the art department for a few years and so I have a different view of interiors on screen.

 

Easiest way to add impact to a room:

 

HL:  Art!

 

CK:  Color.

 

Iconic chair:

 

HL: Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman

 

CK:  Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair

 

Favorite type of bed/headboard:

 

HL:  Upholstered, simple…with nailheads.

 

CK:  Depends on the design of a room, but I avoid platform beds.

 

Designer trend you are so over:

 

HL: Feels like a loaded question, haha! 

HL: I would have to say I am over the porcelain blue + white combo. 

 

CK:  Quatrefoil.

 

Design object you covet the most right now?

 

HL: A sectional sofa from Doghia…it’s covered in this beautiful grey wool…and so comfy!! 

 

CK: A George Smith English Arm Sofa covered in heavy Belgium linen.

 

Is there a new generation of Atlanta designers hitting their peaks?

 

CK: There is a new generation that is breaking through and when the traditional channels starting paying more attention, they can start hitting their peaks. 

 

What do you like to do in your free time when not decorating up a storm? 

 

HL: I’m involved with the Bravo! Committee that supports the Atlanta Youth Symphony, DC, my college alumni chapters (University of Kentucky and KD sorority) and I play on a few rec sports teams (more fun than the gym!).

 

CK: I make pillows for my Etsy shop, I travel when I can, even if it is just for a weekend, and shop for antiques.  My work and free time often intermingle and it’s great!

 

Favorite Atlanta spots to shop, eat, dine, grab a late night cocktail?

 

HL: The Westside has become such a great spot for a variety of reasons…shops, eating, late night.  I would have to say that Holman & Fitch is my all time fave because of the great design, food & drink.  They are the trifecta.

 

CK: One. Midtown Kitchen for the comfortable atmosphere and wine selection, I love breakfast at the West Egg, but I would rather have beer from Hop City or wine from Perrine’s Wine Shop and sit on my screen porch when the weather is nice.