Functional artist and furniture/lighting maker Brent Warr (brentwarr.com) is making a name for himself on Atlanta’s Westside with his first collection, Woodfin. Here, we learn about the man behind the masterpieces.
Designer Brent Warr with his one-of-a-kind piece, the Shell chaise, which is currently on view at the Objective Gallery in NYC
“Community is very important to me when it comes to how I design. I wanted to move back to Georgia and set up shop here to reinvest in the state where I grew up,” says young furniture designer Brent Warr. “It is rare to see collectible furniture designers in Atlanta, so I am trying to create a space for others like me to thrive here and encourage the greater design community to get involved with this niche.” A native of Bainbridge, Ga., and graduate of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, Warr is a maker by trade, recently opening his eponymous showroom in Atlanta’s Westside. Prior to this, Warr started his career as an interior designer for Meyer Davis Studio and Yabu Pushelberg in New York City. It was there that Warr was able to hone his eye for design and love for the high-end market. When the pandemic hit, as many did in New York, he came home to Georgia and dedicated his time to crafting his first collection under his name. “I had a lot of time to think when I came home and I was inspired by the beautiful forests and farmlands of my small hometown,” says Warr. “Reflecting back on what my upbringing gave me, I’ve realized it was more than design influence, it was the ability to work hard and believe in myself.”
Warr’s first collection, Woodfin
Working primarily with plaster, a medium that, at the time, had an opening for more artists, Warr curated a collection of pieces that challenge the viewer to see them in a new light or allow them to explore a more imaginative part of themselves. “While a piece can be beautiful, it needs to have a story, a heartbeat and a reason, or be abstract of reason, to touch a buyer or viewer,” says Warr. In March, Warr exhibited at “315 Spring” with Objective Gallery in NYC alongside designers and makers he has admired for years, and this summer, Warr is launching a new lighting collection that will range from pendants to multiple configurations of customizable swagged chandeliers, as well as a few collectable seating options. With luxury clientele up and down the East Coast, Atlanta is excited to add to our portfolio of incredible new talent.