The Mission Motif emerged from a concept designed by John Benthal and his partner, Bob Nelson, in December 2003. John’s early interest in the Arts and Crafts Movement surfaced in the late 1980s as he studied Art History at The University of Illinois at Chicago. While living in the inner-city of Chicago and being inspired by the astonishing architecture & designs of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, John started collecting Arts and Crafts furniture and lighting, and became an enthusiast for its philosophy and ideals.
“The simplistic and reformist thinking of the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright has inspired me to drift away from the soulless mainstream of mass production and focus on what is important to me..., Simplicity, honesty, and beauty, ” - John Benthal, Proprietor
After leaving Chicago to move to Atlanta, John partnered with Bob Nelson to fill a void in the South and together they opened “The Mission Motif.” It was soon discovered that The Mission Motif became much more than craftsman home furnishing store. …We became a lifestyle that was inspired by the Arts & Crafts philosophy of the likes of William Morris and Elbert Hubbard.
“Discovering the philosophy of the Arts & Crafts Movement has not only plugged me back into nature that was lost from living in a big city, but it has also nurtured my spirit, and created a sense a well being in my everyday lifestyle.” - Bob Nelson, Co-owner
Today, The Mission Motif truly enjoys being a resource for the Arts and Crafts society in Atlanta, GA and all around the country. We support a portfolio of some of today’s finest artisans and designers that have been inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement. We gain the same personal satisfaction in our work, as the individual talented craftsmen do in building or designing their work. We also do our best to take care of our regular customers. When you sign-up for our free newsletter you will be informed of Private Sales and Specials that are not always advertised on our website or to the general public.
“As a consumer I simply got tired of the large chains and strip malls. Once I discovered The Mission Motif, I connected to something real and meaningful. – Mario Centeno, Atlanta, GA
If you are ever in the Atlanta area, we invite you to discover the creative wisdom and Arts and Crafts ideals that are still alive at The Mission Motif. It is a true treasure hidden in the Historical Kirkwood Neighborhood of Atlanta. If you are not in the area, we’d like to hear from you, give us a call. We love talking to new people, making new friends, and discovering what inspires you about the Arts and Crafts Movement and its rebirth. Just like the Arts and Crafts style, we are not pretentious or intimidating, and our shop always has an inviting Dard Hunter Welcome mat hanging at the front door. We want to always make you feel welcome and we appreciate your business.
We are now located at 747-A Miami Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
Monday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Other Hours: By Appointment