An interior by Suzanne Kasler.

 On Monday, April 27, 2015, leading interior designers from across the country will meet at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) for the highly anticipated annual event, Design ADAC. The four-day conference, which is open to the public, offers guests an exclusive glimpse into the minds of the industry’s most elite and innovative tastemakers. We have selected a handful of not-to-be-missed events at Design ADAC, which range from book signings and vignette displays to keynote presentations and Q+A sessions.

ADAC: Behind the Windows Opening Day Celebration, Monday, April 27
The sixth installation of ADAC: Behind the Windows celebrates past recipients of ADAC’s prestigious Southeast Designers and Architect of the Year Award. Eight of the region’s leading interior designers will create enticing vignettes featuring a range of luxury furnishings available at ADAC. The vignettes reflect each designer’s singular style and unique point of view. Participating designers include Suzanne Kasler (Suzanne Kasler Interiors, Inc., Atlanta, GA), an expert at crafting timeless interiors that seamlessly incorporate the personal collections of her clients with fine art and antiques, contemporary pieces, and custom-designed furniture; Joni Vanderslice ASID (J Banks Design Group, Hilton Head, SC), whose beautiful and functional interiors exude a casual elegance while reflecting the true character of their inhabitants;  Rita Carson Guest, FASID (Carson Guest Interiors, Atlanta, GA); a master at efficient spatial design, construction detailing, lighting, and furniture and artwork selection; and Carole Weaks, Allied ASID (C. Weaks Interiors, Inc., Atlanta, GA), who effortlessly merges design from the past and the present to create exceptionally livable, classic homes.

An interior by Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design.

Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield, Keynote Presentation: High Style, Monday, April 27
Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield, co-owners of the Los Angeles-based firm, Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design, have a knack for combining classic glamour with sleek modernity to create impossibly luxurious interiors. During their keynote presentation at Design ADAC, Woodson and Rummerfield will discuss how Hollywood has influenced their designs as well as present stunning project images from their sumptuous book High Style. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation.

Jay Jeffers, Keynote Presentation: Collected Cool, Tuesday, April 28
The San Francisco-based interior designer Jay Jeffers infuses his luxurious yet livable interiors with a soulful energy by incorporating graphic touches, rich textures, bold colors, and playful elements. A master at integrating art and furnishings from a variety of periods into any space, Jeffers’ distinctive style is fun, fearless, and always sophisticated. Jeffers’ keynote presentation will center on his singular “collected cool” aesthetic, which he explores in-depth in the aptly titled volume, Collected Cool. A reception and book signing will follow Jeffers’ presentation.

An interior by Jeffers Design Group.

Hunt Slonem, Keynote Presentation: In My Room, Wednesday, April 29
The Neo-Expressionist artist Hunt Slonem is best known for his exuberant and boldly colored paintings of tropical birds, rabbits, butterflies, and other wildlife. Slonem also has a fantastic eye for interior design, which is illustrated in the book When Art Meets Design. Slonem revives historic houses and fills them with an eye-popping array of art, antiques, textiles, decorative objects, and contemporary furniture, including his own collection for Lee Jofa, which includes  fabrics, wallcoverings, and carpets inspired by his artworks. During his keynote presentation, Slonem will discuss the inspiration behind his art as well as his Lee Jofa collection. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation.

Mary McDonald, Keynote Presentation: Beyond Design, Thursday, April 30
Veranda’s Editor-in-Chief Clinton Smith will host an up-close-and-personal conversation with celebrated designer, author, and TV personality, Mary McDonald. McDonald, who combines old-fashioned elegance with contemporary elements to create energetic spaces, will share insights into her multifaceted working life. She will divulge updates on her latest projects, the inspiration and impetus behind her fabric, rug, furniture, and lighting collections, and the  lessons that she has learned through her forays into book publishing and television.

An interior by Beth Webb Interiors.

David Rockwell, Keynote Presentation: What If…?, Thursday, April 30
David Rockwell, a renowned architect and designer widely admired for his sophistication and creativity, will discuss the rich intersection between architecture and theater, which he delves into in his new monograph What If…?  For over 30 years, Rockwell has explored his desire to imagine new worlds, to tell stories, and to engage with others. During his presentation, Rockwell will discuss some of the driving ideas behind his studio, Rockwell Group,  and their physical realizations, which include the restaurant Nobu Fifty Seven in New York, the W Paris Opera in France, the Ted Theater in Vancouver, and set designs for the Academy Awards and a variety of Broadway hits. A champagne reception and book signing will follow the presentation.

DESIGN ADAC will culminate on April 30 with the announcement of the prestigious Southeast Designers and Architect of the Year Awards, which recognizes firms and individuals who exemplify the highest level of talent in the design industry. This year’s nominees include Dalgiesh Gilpin Paxton Architects, Harrison Design, Historical Concepts, Jeffrey Dungan Architects, Lightroom Studio, Ruard Veltman Architecture, Inc., Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects, Barbour Spangle Design, Carson Guest, J Banks Design, Susan B. Bozeman Design, Inc., Angie Hranowsky Studio, Beth Webb Interiors, Carter Kay Interiors, Chad James Group, Inc., Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Melanie Turner Interiors, Phillip Sides Interior Design, Robert Brown Interior Design, Rozanne Jackson Interiors, Tammy Connor Interior Design, and The Design Atelier.