Architect and interior designer John Gidding is a familiar (and damn pretty) face to most gay Atlantans. You might have seen the openly gay, former Wilhelmina model after he moved here from New York in 2008 to star on the Atlanta versions of HGTV’s Designed To Sell and (later) Curb Appeal: The Block. He also opened a new location of his firm John Gidding Design in the Old Fourth Ward.
Gidding is now based in San Francisco filming a new installment of Curb Appeal: The Block, which premieres in April. But you’ll still see his smiling face around A-town as he attends to his firm’s local projects.
Although he was anxious before moving here because of his unfamiliarity with the South, his fears were quickly extinguished. “I love Atlanta,” he tells Fenuxe. “It turned out to be a wonderful experience for me.”
A large part of that praise is due to our food scene, with Parish and Rathbun’s high on his list of frequented spots. But food isn’t Gidding’s main business and passion. It’s architecture and interior design, of which he has no shortage of opinions when it comes to Atlanta.
One Georgia Center at the corner of West Peachtree and North Avenue is a fave. “I love this building because first of all, it’s all clad in white marble,” he says. “It’s a beautiful example of an international style of architecture.”
AT&T Midtown Center doesn’t get off as easy. “It looks like Legos or something.”
But he gives high marks to Studioplex in the Old Fourth Ward – fitting, seeing as it was home base for his design firm. “Studioplex is such a great example of taking what’s already there and this sort of urban infill and being able to use this new loft space,” Gidding gushes. “I truly love it, it’s one of my favorites.”
So if you see a sexy guy with dark features somewhere around town eyeing a house or other building, it might just be HGTV’s newest star plotting his next project.