The Johnson Studio Combines Talent With COOPER CARRY

December 8,2015

Cooper Carry and The Johnson Studio are pleased to announce that they will join forces, effective January 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 also to enjoy 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," says 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.

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 Street on January 1st.