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Magnolia Room at Rich's Department Store

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Historic & Heritage
  • University
    Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Lead Designer
    Crystal Martin
  • Other Credit
    Professor Sabrinna Cox
  • Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Interior Designer
    Crystal Martin

The M.Rich & Bros. Co. building was designed by Hentz, Reid & Adler in the Italian Renaissance Style and opened in 1924. It is located in the South Downtown Historic District Atlanta. After the resurrection of this building, the company M.Rich & Bros. Co. reasserted itself as Atlanta’s greatest retailer.
Rich's had a reputation for being more tolerant toward African American customers and found itself in the midst of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Students targeted the Magnolia Room where several students as well as Martin Luther King Jr were arrested during a sit-in. By the fall of 1961, Rich's began to desegregate. The purpose of the project inspires to revive the symbolism of Rich's in the downtown community once again bringing back the traditions of the shopping experience and meals in the Magnolia Room as a cultural monument for its exceptional historical and townscape significance, antiquity, and social value of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. After a feasibility study, market analysis, and proforma, a retail and hospitality project is proposed for the rehabilitation project from its current state as a federal building.

Bio
Unity of line, color, space, and form create harmony within a composition, just as planning, materiality, volumes, and distances create harmony within a space. The equilibrium of aesthetics, function, and emotion creates a holistic experience. The elements are interconnected just as how our present and future are influenced by the past. My design inspiration is a mix and match of American, European, and Asian influences that reflect my transdisciplinary global experiences in architecture, interior design, and luxury and fashion management.

Other prizes
2020 LICC London International Creative Competition Official Selection 2020 IDA International Design Awards Bronze- Hotels & Resorts 2020 IDA International Design Awards Bronze- Hotels & Resorts 2020 IDA International Design Awards Bronze- Retail 2020 Architecture Masterprize Honorable Mention- Hospitality 2020 Muse Design Awards Gold- Hospitality 2020 SCADPROxTNT Snowpiercer- Winning Design Grand Salon 2020 ASID Design Excellence Awards Gold Award Commercial Hospitality 2020 ASID Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award 2020 ASID Student Portfolio Competition Finalist 2019 IDA International Design Awards Gold- Institutional 2019 IDA International Design Awards Silver- Hotels & Resorts 2019 IDA International Design Awards Bronze- Retail 2019 IDA International Design Awards Honorable Mention 2019 ASID Design Excellence Awards Best in Commercial Design Concept 2019 ASID Design Excellence Awards Best in Commercial Design Rendering 2019 ASID Student Portfolio Competition Finalist 2018 DWR Design Within Reach Champagne Chair Contest Finalist 2018 ASID Design Excellence Awards Best in Residential Design Concept 2018 ASID Design Excellence Awards Best in Commercial Design Group 2018 ASID Student Portfolio Competition Finalist 2017 ASID Design Excellence Awards Best in Commercial Design Concept 2017 ASID Design Excellence Awards Best Hand Drawn Rendering Group