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MA Architecture Tour & International Design Expo, May 30-7 June in Atlanta and participating US cities.
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Join Us in Atlanta. 2014 DESIGN IS HUMAN Sneak Preview!

Each year MA presents the latest trends in international design and creative culture! 2014 is shaping up to be our biggest year yet for anyone attending DESIGN IS HUMAN WEEK, DESIGN IS MATERIAL Trade Exhibition, and MA ARCHITECTURE TOUR (formerly MA HOME TOUR). We've made lots of new friends from all around the world and the spirit of MA is catching on in other parts of North America too.

Count down to June begins now. Welcome to 2014 Design Is Human Week and MA Architecture Tour!



Each year MA presents the latest trends in international design and creative culture!

2014 is shaping up to be our biggest year yet for anyone attending DESIGN IS HUMAN WEEK, DESIGN IS MATERIAL Trade Exhibition, and MA ARCHITECTURE TOUR (formerly MA HOME TOUR). We’ve made lots of new friends from all around the world and the spirit of MA is catching on in other parts of North America too.



Susan Szenasy, Editor In Chief, Metropolis

Metropolis chief editor Susan Szenasy. Image courtesy Fredrik Brauer.

MA is pleased to announce this year’s headline speaker, Susan Szenasy, chief editor of Metropolis, the renowned New York City-based magazine of architecture, culture, and design. An accomplished author, educator, and winner of numerous international awards, visitors can look forward to Susan’s enthusiasm, curiosity and passion for sustainability in architecture and design.


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Lars Larsen, Founder at KILO

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MA welcomes award-winning product designer Lars Larsen, founder at Copenhagen-based KILO and among the pioneering designers leading the explosion in the new Danish idea-driven design culture. Larsen’s accomplishments includes chief designer at Copenhagen-based audio design company AIAIAI and co-founding KiBiSi – a partnership with fellow Danes, BIG’s Bjarke Ingels and Skibsted Ideation founder Jens Martin Skibsted.


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Be Original…is committed to initiating discussion on the importance of preserving original design across
North America through informational, educational and influential marketing initiatives and consistent efforts to promote this agenda in various design contexts.


Preview: 2014 Design Is Human Week
31 May – 8 June 2014

MA visits trade fairs in London and Milan. Asa-Yoji pictured at 100% Design London. Image courtesy MA.

Here’s a preview of what’s in store for 2014. Keep checking back for programming, updates, and new posts as more events are added.

Interior Design
International Design
Product Launches
Emerging Talent
Showroom Events
Film Screenings
Journey + Paths
National Center for Civil & Rights


MA ARCHITECTURE TOUR 2014…we want to be inspired by bold architecture and innovative design practices no matter where it originates

Tickets sales starts Thursday, 3 April 2014

MA Architecture Tour (formerly MA Home Tour) showcases the nation’s latest trends in contemporary residential and commercial architecture, interior design, new products launches, and innovative materials. For 2014, tour dates are over two weekends in Atlanta and at select locations in other US cities.

Satellite Tour Dates, 31 May 2014

First launched in 2013, MA’s national tour circuit has been an unexpected success, setting the foundation for a continuous dialogue and platform open to other US cities having exemplary architecture and design worthy of praise and recognition. And since its launched, we’ve received lots of positive comments and emails from architects, design professionals, and an admiring public passionate about showcasing modern architecture and design in their surrounding areas to the rest of the country. As the word travels, we expect even more cities to join up and want to participate.

SCADMuseum_Exterior2All new ‘SCAD Museum’, Savannah,Georgia. 2014 MA Architecture Tour. Image courtesy SCAD.


Atlanta Tour Dates, Saturday & Sunday, 7-8 June 2014

The tour that just keeps getting better. With no signs of slowing, the Atlanta tour is where it all started for MA and has grown to attract a national audience.
Now into its eighth successful year, this popular tour of contemporary residential and commercial architecture and interiors nearly single-handedly put the rest of the nation and international design community on notice about contemporary architecture in Atlanta and the southeast United States. Our tour is democratic and attracts an even wider audience and national following of like minds from all works of life – from as far west as California, as far south as Mexico, and as far north as New York.

Florian-Hart Residence_BLDGS‘Florian-Hart’ Residence, Atlanta,Georgia. Architecture, bldgs. 2014 MA Architecture Tour.

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Design Showroom Events…by far the best way to be better informed and advised in matters pertaining to interiors, furnishings, accessories, bathroom, kitchen, and contract design

Atlanta’s top design showrooms opens its doors to visitors attending Design Is Human Week activities. From talks to product launches, here’s your chance to check out the latest international design trends and products.


Maxwell Ryan, Apartment Therapy_Room & Board 2013_53Room & Board Atlanta talks on interiors and design. 2013 speaker, Apartment Therapy’s founder Maxwell Ryan. Official MA photography, Fredrik Brauer.



069Ligne Roset Atlanta hosts Be Original panel dicussion. Official MA photography, Fredrik Brauer.


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Teknion Atlanta exhibits at MA Design Expo. Image, courtesy Teknion.


Design Is Material 2014, 4-6 June…materials will continue to play an ever more pivotal role in the future of sustainable design practices – and do so without compromising beauty and aesthetics

Exhibitor-based and open to the trade and public, Design Is Material is not your average trade activity. The world’s most creative manufacturers are invited to showcase innovative materials and systems in architecture and design.

cottage.phpAward-winning Italian design company DeCastelli (pictured ‘Cottage N.1) makes its Design Is Material debut.


Design Is Human publication…its really big, well-designed, and we highly recommend sharing its contents with family, friends, co-workers, anyone really – yes, even the boss

Design Is Human publication features over 150 glossy pages of inspiring content and larger than life images relevant to today’s contemporary environment. The publication addresses covers a variety of content spanning international design and modernism.

Featured article ‘Designs of the Year’, London’s Design Museum. 2013 Design Is Human publication.

DSC_0080Featured article ‘Dutch Pavilion’, Venice Biennale. 2013 Design Is Human publication.


MA Design Talks…lead by industry experts, our talks are insightful, open to interpretation and debate in hopes of establishing a dialogue that moves ideas into practice

Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis

MA welcomes Susan Szenasy, Chief Editor at Metropolis magazine. Metropolis examines contemporary life through design, architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation. Szenasy will moderate a distinguished panel including acclaimed architect Phil Freelon, designer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

2013 Design is Material - 018John Cantrell, HOK senior designer & curator of Design Is Material, and Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis magazine. Photography, MaiBri.


MA Design Talks…National Center for Civil & Human Rights – a building that commemorates the past and looks to the future.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will be a 42,000 square foot facility in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. It will be a world class cultural institution dedicated to exploring stories of civil and human rights in dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Contract Design…today’s commercial environments are some of architecture’s best examples in cutting-edge and sustainable design

New to Design Is Human Week, contract design showcases the latest architecture and interior design trends in a wide range of commercial environments including office, hospitality, and restaurants. Focus is on transformation in five key design areas, furniture design, architecture and interior systems, materials, and sustainability.

DSC_1276map contract invited MA and interior designers from the US to Moroso Hq & factory tour in Italy.


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Copenhagen Design Collaboration

Kilo was founded in 2005 and is today among Scandinavias most influential design studios. Kilo is an idea-driven industrial design Studio and creates with a holistic approach and our designs often explore the potential of crossbreeding elements or attributes from different disciplines in to new functional and aesthetic hybrids. Larsen is a founding KiBiSi partner and former KiBiSi CEO & Head Of Design. KiBiSI was founded in 2009 by Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels and Jens Martin Skibsted. In 2013 after 4 years of successful collaboration creating a number of ground breaking designs the founding partners of KiBiSi refocused on their individual studios for new design challenges.

Headquartered in Copenhagen, AIAIAI is proud to contribute to Denmark’s worldwide reputation as leader in acoustic and electro- acoustic design and engineering. Informed by a heritage of Scandinavian design, AIAIAI strives to create high quality, accessible audio products that deliver value far beyond trend-driven aesthetics

XtableXTable for Holmris. Design by KiBiSi.

AIAIAI video ‘TMA-1 Studio’ headphone engineered by Young Guru.


Mobility & Design…cities are becoming mega-cities having populations in the tens of millions – it is said the bicycle might one day replace cars as the preferred mode of transportation

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Biomega represents a paradigm shift in the way bicycles are conceived. We were the first company to view the bicycle as a lush piece of design—furniture for locomotion—that could also bring about absolute transformation in today’s urban environments.

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Biomega bikes designed for locomotion.


Journeys + Paths…unveils design’s new voices and emerging creative talent, their unique stories, attitudes and critiques about design today, and their vision in shaping the future.

Journeys + Paths is an inspiring panel discussion about challenges and paths to finding success and happiness; examining the individual journeys and experiences of young designers embarking on a career in the upper echelons in design thinking and creativity. J+P unveils design’s new voices and emerging creative talent, their unique stories, attitudes and critiques about design today, and their vision in shaping the future for the next generation.

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2013 Journeys + Paths panelists Mariel Harding, Senior Design at Armchair Media


Film Screenings…Living Architectures is a series of films that seeks to develop a way of looking at architecture which turns away from the current trend of idealizing the representation of our architectural heritage.

The cult of perfect, disembodied forms entirely devoid of people, inevitably leads to a break-up between architecture and living space. Through these films, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine put into question the fascination with the picture, which covers up the buildings with preconceived ideas of perfection, virtuosity and infallibility, in order to demonstrate the vitality, fragility and vulnerable beauty of architecture as recounted and witnessed by people who actually live in, use or maintain the spaces they have selected.

2013 MA Film screening ‘Gehry Vertigo’. Image courtesy Beka Films


International Media Partners…devoted to modernity and creative excellence


Metropolis, the renowned New York City-based magazine examines contemporary life through design, architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.


With an international point of view, ELLE DECOR has covered stylemakers, trendsetting interiors, and must-have home furnishings for 20 years.


Atlanta Media Partner


The city’s only general-interest magazine, Atlanta is recognized regionally and nationally for journalism and design excellence, with more than 300 regional and national awards.



MINI. Official MA Automotive Partner

MA is proud of our partnership with MINI.
For the third consecutive year, MINI is a major supporter and Official MA Car of Design Is Human Week and MA Architecture Tour, the southeast region’s highly-regarded events about international design and contemporary culture at its finest.
Visitors can test drive the latest MINIs, including the Atlanta debut of the newly redesigned MINI Hatch. MA-wrapped MINIs designed by Armchair, will be on the design trail and available for ‘Design Is Human Rides’ to event locations around Atlanta without charge.

2013 MA MINI Paceman.




Armchair Media. Official MA Branding Partner

A design partner since 2006, Armchair was invited to help launch the MA brand. This included designing an our identity, a website and an annual publication from which they could connect Atlanta’s design community to the rest of the world.



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W Hotel Downtown Atlanta. Official MA Hospitality Partner

In Atlanta’s exciting downtown, the W is a lush hideaway infused with natural elements and sensual style, where revitalization and rejuvenation beckon amid major corporations, specialty shopping, upscale living and everything cool about Hotlanta.




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Official MA EatDrink Partner

MA without Octane is like cappuccino without milk – the two brands go way way back and are a perfect blend. With such a long and enduring relationship, it was a no brainer when we were looking for an eat and drink partner for our launch event and design expo, Octane was the obvious choice. Expect a range of delightful hot and cold beverages, delicious eats, and friendly service that has made Octane Atlanta’s cafe of choice.

_DSC9647Octane EatDrink stand at last year’s MA launch event and design exhibition.


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MA Design Collaborating Partner

Longtime collaborators in Atlanta’s up and coming Edgewood design district, The Sound Table and MA share a commitment in bringing international design and elevated creative culture to Atlanta. Past MA/ST collaborations include London-based DesignMarketo’s ‘Bar Alto’ and last year’s Design Is Material exhibition. 2014 ushers in a new era of specially-curated MA/ST projects sure to inspire.

Bar Alto Atlanta_DesignMarketo_0165London-based studio DesignMarketo’s Atlanta installment of ‘Bar Alto’.


Keep checking back for updates and new programming being added.