24e Design Co. of Savannah & London District Studios team to benefit Campaign for Southern Equality’s efforts to have HB2 repealed


London District Studios will join forces with 24e Design Co. of Savanah, winner of the illustriose ARTS award for best independent retailer in the South East. The grand opening reception for the 24e Design Co. “store in store” at London District Studios is Friday August 13, from 5:30pm – 10:00pm at London District Studios located at 8 London Rd.

A percentage of sales from this event will benefit the Campaign for Southern Equality’s efforts to assert the full humanity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in American life and to increase public support for LGBT rights. Representatives of Southern Equality will be at the event to discuss the impacts of HB2 and to provide information on the campaign to repeal HB2.

24e Design

24e Design Co. of Savanah opened in 2000 and since has earned many prestigious national awards. 24e offers the client an experience that is reflective of the influential creative vibe of Savannah while offering a highly curated selection of fine and eclectic homewares and furnishings that is relevant globally.

24e offers a fantastic and livable selection of furnishings like handsomely styled sofas and cabinets then incorporates artifacts from owner Ruel Joyner’s world travels into an unexpected and welcoming eclectic style that resonates with both lovers of traditional and contemporary décor.

Owner Ruel Joyner also designs functional furnishings including dining tables and bars from parts of decommissioned airplanes. Ruel and Delaine Joyner, owners of 24e, have made it their mission to shape 24e into a creative space to inspire and intrigue. Ruel will be in attendance to celebrate the opening!

The London:

London District Studios (The London) offers a venue where fine art and culture are integrated into everyday living by weaving quality lifestyle-driven home furnishings and fine art into a cohesive union providing the public a chance to embrace artful living. The London is a retail home store, working studios and gallery that harkens back to the style, energy, edginess, romance and vibe of the early days of SoHo. The London is committed to representing the crème de la crème of Asheville’s artists and presenting high quality and stylish furnishings in a hip, relaxed and community-oriented venue.

The Union:

Why did Ruel Joyner choose The London? The owners of London District Studios and Ruel have been doing business together for ten years and have found their curatorial eclectic styles more than complement each other; they create a contagious trendsetting vibe- more than the sum of their parts.

The London’s own Wade Oppliger, no stranger to setting trends, brings over 30 years of experience in lifestyle home furnishings. Wade had a hand in developing many of the products that built lifestyle furnishing greats. Wade collaborated with Mitchell Gold creating upholstery lines for lifestyle furniture vanguard “This End Up”; ultimately becoming a key member of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams team which over the next 12 years developed upholstery lines for Restoration Hardware and blueprinted the current Mitchell Gold and Bob William Signature store concept.

Wade created a custom upholstery line for a large industry supplier before founding his own consultant/design company, Supply & Demand where he has advised national retailers and created designs for leading wholesalers and interior designers. In Spring 2016 Wade launched his own upholstery collection; “Autograph by Wade Oppliger.”

Southern Equality:

The Campaign for Southern Equality is based in the South, but is a national effort to assert the full humanity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in American life and to increase public support for LGBT rights. Campaign for Southern Equality is working toward the repeal of HB2 with local, state, and national partners. Their work includes organizing rallies, protests, town hall events, and mobilizing folks to protest HB2 at the NC General Assembly. They are keeping our community informed through daily updates, analysis, and op-eds. They also provide rapid response funding for grassroots organizing against HB2 in small towns across NC. Since the passage of HB2, campaign for southern Equality has provided all gender restroom signs to more than 125 Asheville businesses and faith communities. More requests come in every day.


Website- http://southernequality.org/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/SouthernEquality/?fref=ts

Twitter- @CSELIVE


About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist. For his weekly #tuesdayhistory tidbits on Asheville, follow him on Instagram @tcalder.

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