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Acclaimed Restaurant Design Firm, The Johnson Studio, and Design Firm, COOPER CARRY, Combine Talent

ATLANTA, Dec. 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- COOPER CARRY and The Johnson Studio are pleased to announce that they will join forces, effective Jan. 1, 2016. This new combination of architects and designers will enhance both firms' ability to further reach the hospitality industry by providing an expanded menu of services for both restaurant and hotel design.



Bill Johnson, president of The Johnson Studio said, "Over the past 25 years our firm has built an impeccable reputation for producing some of the most forward-thinking restaurant designs whether they are part of a hotel or free-standing. This collaboration with COOPER CARRY, one of the nation's most respected hotel designers, provides a platform for future services that we feel will be unparalleled."

The Johnson Studio will maintain its unique brand of combining high end design which has resulted in worldwide recognition. The transition to COOPER CARRY is expected to be seamless with The Johnson Studio employees continuing to work with their existing clients.

Kevin Cantley, AIA and CEO of COOPER CARRY said, "Being one of the Top Three hotel designers has allowed us to work with many restaurant design firms, including The Johnson Studio. We have long admired their work and the creative solutions they bring to their projects. Now by joining forces, we are delighted to have them work alongside our talented hotel and retail team every day. This new alliance will provide significant opportunities for our clients to continue to receive the highest level of service and superior design for which both firms are noted for," he concluded.

That their designs must "connect" with people is something both firms have embraced as a core belief. "People go to restaurants to not only enjoy a great menu but an atmosphere that bolsters the experience. The Johnson Studio understands this dynamic relationship between food and place- the emotional connection between what we eat and where we eat it," said Johnson.

Cantley added, "Engaging a fundamental design philosophy centered around the concept that environments should connect people to people and people to place, COOPER CARRY practices the philosophy of 'connective architecture'. Designers understand the local market and the specific cultural and physical contexts in which the building will serve those who interact with it while conceiving memorable spaces, inside and out. It's no different from what The Johnson Studio has incorporated in their outstanding work."

Key Facts To Consider:

  • The Johnson Studio will retain its name and continue to focus on interior design and interior architecture for hospitality and stand-alone restaurant projects. It will expand its services within COOPER CARRY and their hospitality studios in Atlanta, New York and Washington, DC.
  • Bill Johnson, founder of The Johnson Studio, will continue to lead the restaurant design practice and will collaborate with COOPER CARRY's seven Hospitality Studio principals in seeking synergistic opportunities.
  • The Johnson Studio joins COOPER CARRY's Atlanta office at 191 Peachtree St. on Jan. 1, 2016.

About The Johnson Studio

For over twenty five years, The Johnson Studio has worked closely with clients to create unique and extraordinary spaces. The firm offers a spectrum of design services from consultation, conceptual development, architecture and interior design, to lighting design, and furniture purchasing. The studio engages many talented artists specializing in various metals, glass and woodwork and considers itself a "hands on" firm where ideas and dreams are brought to reality. The Johnson Studio is based in Atlanta, but orchestrates projects nationally and beyond. For more information visit johnsonstudio.com.

About COOPER CARRY

COOPER CARRY provides architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, environmental graphic design and sustainability consulting services. Founded in 1960, the firm specializes in the design of corporate, education, government, hospitality, mixed-use, office, residential, retail, science + technology, and transit projects. The firm has designed projects in 45 states and globally in the Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Central America. Engaging a fundamental design philosophy centered on the concept that environments should connect people to people and people to place, the firm promotes the philosophy of "connective architecture." Designers understand the local market and the specific cultural and physical contexts in which the building will serve those who interact with it while conceiving memorable spaces, inside and out. Listening to the client and gaining a deep understanding of the market and site prior to commencing design, COOPER CARRY balances passionate creativity with client service. For more information visit coopercarry.com.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Hadley Creekmuir, The Wilbert Group hcreekmuir@thewilbertgroup.com 404.343.4080

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