Imagine a place where art merges with housewares, leather bags sit beside handmade ceramics and upcycled jewelry shares a shelf with soy candles. This is Made Again, Margeau Bull’s artist incubator, design firm and artisan brainchild that’s tucked away in a peaceful corner of Inman Quarter. In its Inman Park home for just over a year, Made Again has become an inviting neighborhood mainstay. Residents stroll in with their children, artists pop by to check on their displays, nearby employees pick up gifts for friends (and themselves), new customers meander about taking in every sight — and Margeau welcomes each and every person like they were an old friend.
In business since 2013, Made Again was born out of what Margeau jokes was “a dream and a lack of money.” Truthfully, though, the shop came to be as Margeau herself navigated the art world. “I started this company based on a need I had as an artist displaced from art school and not knowing where to begin in the commercial world of art,” she says. “In 2007, I started building and creating pieces from items I found in my daily life living in Los Angeles. After creating several personal projects and art-school required work, I decided that I should share these pieces and began selling them on a commission basis.”
No stranger to entrepreneurship (she co-founded a non-alcoholic cocktail mixer in 2005), Margeau moved across the country to the Peach State. “I kept my eye on Atlanta,” she explains. “In 2013, I saw that artists were here, and everyday Atlantans were ready for this concept. I think the timing was perfect, as it was the start of our resurging ‘Maker’s Movement’ here in Atlanta. As you know, creativity is abounding here … it’s exciting to see.”
Made Again is unlike anything else in Atlanta. With items constantly changing and evolving, no one visit will be like any other. Throughout the shop, you’ll find everything from vibrant Masa Sasaki Ceramics to hand-carved Penn and Knife spoons and Margeau has had a hand in it all. She explains, “All of the handmade goods, jewelry, home decor, furniture and art are curated by me, personally, and are locally and sustainably made.” The selection process is a precise one. As we walked around the shop, Margeau shared stories of each and every maker. Her brain is a Rolodex of her artisans; she knows everything about each of them.
Sustainability is key for Made Again, and Margeau makes sure that she stays true to sourcing sustainable products when curating the shop. Built on the principles of repurposed and recycled, “A Made Again artist has to be environmentally safe by making a conscious effort as he/she moves through production of goods (i.e. responsible sourcing, local sourcing, using repurposed/reclaimed materials, using materials that contain no harmful chemicals, etc.).” This commitment to sustainability is part of what makes Made Again such a unique place to shop. “I work with more than 130 Georgia artisans to bring the best in local and sustainable artistry to shoppers and Made Again: HOME interior design clients,” she says. “Our artisans create new things and breathe beautiful new life into formerly used objects – hence, ‘Made Again.'”
Yes, you read that right: You can find interior design services at Made Again, too! Through Made Again: HOME, clients are able to work in partnership with Margeau and her artists to develop custom work for commercial or residential projects. Margeau also offers full-service design capabilities, renovations, custom furniture, lighting, upholstery and drapery.
“Made Again gallery and Made Again: HOME work synergistically for each individual client need,” she says. Not only does it allow room for a bit of creativity but it also provides a separate revenue stream for them. “I get to act as a broker for numerous designers and artisans around Atlanta and best match the right artisan to the right customer project — it’s really rewarding to play matchmaker like that and have the customer leave ecstatic with their custom pieces,” she delights.
And it doesn’t stop there. Another aspect of the store? Its in-house art gallery. Vibrant white walls and bright lights draw your attention to the corner art gallery where a different artist debuts each month. This constant search for the latest products means Margeau and her staff spend countless hours seeking and mentoring the area’s greatest talents.
Made Again’s gallery also doubles as an artisan incubator, the Made Again Foundation. “In addition to being a storefront and gallery, Made Again is a gathering place where creative business owners convene to learn, exchange ideas and grow their businesses,” Margeau describes. “Made Again offers courses and gatherings for artisans that cover a range of business topics critical to creative entrepreneurs, such as branding and marketing, wholesale pricing, merchandising and more.”
Whether you’re an artisan looking for a place to sell your wares and seek business advice, a visionary looking to display your work, an interior designer looking for that unique room focal point, a neighbor looking for a housewarming gift, or a customer looking to treat yourself, Made Again is the place for all of us.
Made Again is located at 299 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more at madeagainatl.com.
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