From humble beginnings in 1972, Domus has evolved into a major international design center for contemporary furniture, accessories and lighting.
Domus offers design consultation and planning services for residential and commercial projects. The knowledgeable staff works with architects and interior designers to provide furnishings worldwide.
The public is welcome to browse more than 30,000 square feet of showroom where furniture is featured in a residential or business setting. The building received a design award from the American Institute of Architects and the entire space was redesigned in 2001
Domus International is the exclusive dealer in the Southeast for more than 30 renowned European lines such as Artifort, Driade, Extremis, Horm, Ingo Maurer, Kartell, Kasthall, Living Divani, MDF Italia, Montis, Porro, Vitra and Zanotta.
All Domus pieces are licensed originals with authenticity guaranteed. Merchandise is imported directly from manufacturers to provide the best possible pricing.
“The reason we’re in business is to eliminate the middleman” as much as possible to keep prices down, Jerry says. “Making good design affordable. Our criteria is: number 1, design, and number 2, value”.
Jerry travels to the Milan furniture Fair each year to scout the latest trends, and has developed lasting relationships with overseas manufacturers over the decades. This year, 2,700 companies exhibited at the largest furniture show on the design calendar.
Some of the world-renown designers behind the modern furniture Domus has to offer are Antonio Citterio, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Eileen Gray, Piero Lissoni, Ross Lovegrove, Enzo Mari, Jean-Marie Massaud, Ettore Sottsass, Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola.
Jerry came to Atlanta in 1962 to attend Georgia Tech, then practiced architecture for several years before joining with two other architects to form Domus (the Latin name for an elegant home in ancient Rome).
“Having done some interior projects when I was practicing, it was something I enjoyed, and we were looking for a way to bring good design at reasonable prices” to Atlanta, according to Jerry.
The other architects soon quit the business, he says, and he was on his own. Domus had opened with a 400 square foot store in Buckhead, where the emphasis was on Scandinavian furniture.
The current building housing Domus was built for the manufacturing business Lithonia Lighting around the 1940s. The building housed several other businesses, including a nightclub, before Domus moved in in 1995.
The showroom’s main entrance opens into a huge, three-story-high panorama of collectible furniture and objects. Jerry, ever the architect, notes that the underside of the roof has two types of tresses, pipe and angle iron, a unique architectural feature that showcases these modern treasures.