Stan Topol

Stan Topol Atlanta, GA

Interview with Stan Topol of Stan Topol & Associates

Introducing the next in our series of Designer Spotlights focusing on the group of top national designers who will be featured at AmericasMart’s Portman White Vignette Gallery…..Stan Topol! Stan is an Atlanta-area designer whose impressive career has included heading the Interior Design program at the Art Institute of Atlanta, as well as founding and serving as lead designer of the award winning design firm of Stan Topol & Associates since the mid 1970s. REstyleSOURCE sat down for a brief Q & A with the engaging Stan, to get to know his background and to introduce a little of his design philosophy to our readers…

How did you get started in the world of interior design? I was fortunate to have the privilege to work with (American design legend) Billy Baldwin in New York City. Billy liked the fact that I had a degree in fine art; he always believed, as I do now, that a designer is really a decorator who enhances the lives of those he touches.

 

Stan TopolPhoto c/o StanTopol.com

What was the inspiration behind your Portman White design vignette? Mr. Portman himself is the inspiration: understatement with style. The color Portman White and AmericasMart also served as inspirations. Portman White is one of the few whites that gives you a comfortable feeling, since it is not a harsh white and not one that reflects other colors.  This makes it a great choice for walls, ceilings, and even trim. In my vignette, there is not one piece that isn’t coming from AmericasMart.  I love to try new showrooms and then move into all the buildings and bring various facets from all over the Mart into my space and still keep it minimal.

 

stan and billyStan Topol and the legendary Billy Baldwin; Photo c/o Stan Topol

STStan’s Design Advice? Feel Those Florals!

“At home, always look for the best floral touches you can add.  They need to feel a part of the environment – not stand out.”

Stan TopolPhoto c/o StanTopol.com

Do you have any other favorite design advice for us? When I hang an entire wall of art objects the negative space, the space between the objects, is as important to my visual experience as the objects themselves. This is the way I can spot the difference between a pro in our business and someone who reads too many design books. Remember, there were many other decorators in our past, including Leonardo da Vinci, who understood proportion and style without simply being “stylish” for that moment.

 

Stan TopolPhoto c/o StanTopol.com

Designing with white can be the ultimate challenge! What are some tips or hints to keep in mind when designing in an all-or-mostly white palette? Always keep the tint consistent in your whites and be careful how you accent the space with colors. White, like Portman White, gives us the ability to think carefully about additional coloring. In fact, if you think about it, does everyone look good wearing the same color? Not on your life!

 

DSC_4815Photo c/o AmericasMart

Stan on visiting AmericasMart Atlanta

“The insider tip that always works for me is to be always looking for something new.  While doing that, you never know what else you might run into.  Good training, a good education, and a little bit of luck and you can ‘rule’ the Mart!”

Stan TopolPhoto c/o StanTopol.com

REstyleSOURCE Loves Local!

We are all about all about ‘loving local’—from designers and manufacturers right down to brick & mortar shops and eateries! What are some of your favorite local shops and restaurants to visit when you’re in Atlanta?

St Regis“Shopping is terrific in Atlanta! For furniture and other decorative touches, I love the following…”


Francois & Company
/ Marsden Antiques / Robuck & CoDecorative Arts Center (ADAC) / Mimi London / Rose Tarlow

“For restaurants, a favorite is Atlas at the St. Regis, in Buckhead.”

Stan TopolPhoto c/o StanTopol.com

Okay: Lightning Round time!

Coffee or Tea? Coffee / Salty or Sweet? Sweet / Beer or Wine? Neither!

Cats or Dogs? Dogs / City or Country? Wherever my dogs are.  Country right now. / Beach or Mountains? Both!  I love the beach…I do also love Patagonia in Argentina.

Patagonia

Baldwin

Stan’s Favorite Quote?

 “Comfort is the ultimate luxury.”

– Billy Baldwin


Atlanta, GA

1.800.ATL.MART

AmericasMart Atlanta is the premier product destination in the center of a global crossroads — the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings, apparel, and area rug marketplace. Launched as the Atlanta Market Center, and later rebranded as AmericasMart Atlanta, the complex ranks first as the world’s largest trade mart/trade show facility with more than seven million square feet of enclosed space. Inside AmericasMart’s doors you will find more product than anywhere else, with unmatched styles of the latest design on every floor. This foremost collection of home, gift, rug and apparel merchandise is the single-largest in the country and curated from around the globe. Accessibility. Convenience. A world of product. It’s all in one place — and with all this to offer and so much more, AmericasMart continues to lead the way.

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