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Atlanta’s new Garden & Gun Club channels ‘Southern Modernism’

The pages of Garden & Gun have been brought to life in Georgia, where design house Workstead has translated the magazine’s editorial aesthetic into a fine dining and drinking space.

The 1,700-sq-ft Garden & Gun Club is the first commission in Atlanta for the Brooklyn-based studio. ‘Atlanta is a new market for us, and an interesting one,’ the designers explain. ‘There is a lot happening and a lot of creative momentum here.’

Garden & Gun Club channels ‘Southern Modernism’ in new Atlanta haunt
Photography: Jeff Holt, courtesy of Workstead

The new club is housed in the Battery Atlanta, a busy mall north of the city centre. Accessed via an unassuming glass door and a Charleston Green facade, it expands into three distinct areas, each with their own unique and complementary design style.

‘Garden & Gun has a distinct vision and an inspiring ability to capture the culture of the South today,’ the designers said. ‘We worked closely with their team to fuse together our more elemental approach to interiors with their refined sense of hospitality and ease.’

Garden & Gun Club channels ‘Southern Modernism’ in new Atlanta haunt
Photography: Jeff Holt, courtesy of Workstead

The most intimate space is The Club Bar, which has a Cypress wood and soapstone bar at its centre, set against painted wooden panels and monochrome tiles. The Oyster Bar sits in the heart of The Dining Room, which offers two distinct eating experiences: a space overlooking the iced seafood or another nestled into one of the wooden booths or studded dark leather armchairs.

Illuminating the Dining Room is Workstead’s custom-built constellation of Lodge Chandeliers. ‘This was our first time creating such a dramatically scaled installation,’ the designers revealed. ‘We conceived of it as a “modern antler form”’, which chimes with the aesthetics of the magazine.’

Garden & Gun Club channels ‘Southern Modernism’ in new Atlanta haunt
Photography: Jeff Holt, courtesy of Workstead

The restaurant features a food and drink program by the James Beard Award-winning team of Mike Lata and Adam Nemirow of FIG and The Ordinary in Charleston.

The designers and magazine had crossed paths during Workstead’s work on the interiors of The Dewberry hotel in Charleston. The Atlanta collaboration was a natural one, explained Workstead, ‘combining our approach to “Southern Modernism” in the American South with Garden & Gun’s understanding of Southern culture and design’.

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Tish is contributing editor at The Spaces. She also writes for AnOther Magazine

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