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This Atlanta Showroom Puts Modern Design In Context

Lauren Finney Harden | February 14, 2021 | Home & Real Estate

Context Gallery has been bringing Atlanta—and the country—the best in modern since 2006, including &Tradition’s popular Little Petra lounge chair.

Context Gallery Little Petra Lounge Chair
&Tradition’s Little Petra lounge chair has been a winner for Context Gallery lately, with co-owner Kristen Roland attributing that, in part, to how it feels like “the chair wraps its arms around you.”

A stop into light-filled Context Gallery, now open at ADAC West, feels more like entering an art gallery than a furniture and lighting showroom—and that’s kind of the point for owners Kristen Roland and Jeffrey Shelley, who picked out the location years ago for its available light and windows. “It was a pre-prerequisite for us,” says Roland, who is proud of the personal attention given to clients once they walk through the door. “Our goal is to inspire and educate our clients,” she says. “The ethos is beauty and environmental sympathy.”

She stresses that the difference you feel at Context Gallery comes down to how they “as owners actually live in a way that is in alignment with how the gallery presents itself. We share what we love and use.” Self-professed “design geeks and purists,” the duo says that stepping into the gallery is like “stepping into our home. What we curate and offer here is also about longevity. These pieces are designed and built to last lifetimes; they will become heirloom pieces. We are proud of that.”

Context Gallery Little Petra Pouf
Little Petra lounge chair's accompanying pouf

Context Gallery is an exclusive dealer for notable brands like B&B Italia, Cassina, Desalto, Flos, Piet Boon and more, putting it squarely in a category of its own in Atlanta. One item that’s been especially popular recently is &Tradition’s Little Petra lounge chair. Introduced initially in 1938, this Danish design was created by architect Viggo Boesen, just one of a few designs he ever created. Roland loves “the design, the way you sit in it—it’s like it wraps its arms around you,” perhaps a balm for life in 2020. Roland describes the chair as “very versatile—we’ve seen all kinds of clients add it to their interiors. The Maison et Objet 2019 designer of the year Laura Gonzalez has it in her office in Paris, and so does a residential client down the street here in Atlanta. It really is for anyone.” 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Unit B2

Photography by: Courtesy of Context Gallery