An Atlanta Design Duo Launches Their New Curated Collection


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Alaska native Seth van den Bergh and former Mississippian Daniel Zimmerman first worked together at Design Within Reach, then joined forces in 2018 for The Drawing Room ATL, a modern interiors firm in service of classical architecture. When COVID-19 hit this spring, they used the downtime to launch a collection of curated furnishings and objets d’art under the same moniker. Below, Luxe learns the scoop.

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How did you select the items for the launch? DZ: We asked ourselves, ‘Is the piece standing on solid ground in the rules of proportion and design? Is it sculptural? Can it sit in a white room and be interesting on its own?’ SVDB: None of the pieces we acquire are wallflowers.

Which eras are you pulling from? SVDB: There’s at least a century worth of product. And new ones, including a few Daniel and I designed—our beautiful glass towers, for example (right).

Where are you sourcing? DZ: Dealers and artists here and abroad. One’s a painter, one’s a photographer, one makes art furniture that’s heavily painted. There’s an artist out of Mexico and a dealer in Paris with Ico Parisi-style items. And an amazing textile artist here in Atlanta, Jon Eric Riis.

How does this relate to your design work? DZ: We believe in creating a collection of things that define your point of view and speak on your behalf. We want to get beyond the façade of mere decoration.