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black history month


i think diversity in design is something that's often overlooked, and i'm a prime example. in honor of black history month, i'm working on a piece for my inquirer column on african american designers (product and furniture) and can't seem to think of too many. so i thought i'd reach out to my knowledgeable audience and see if you knew of any african american designer that should be nominated? the results will be discussed on d*s as well as in my philly column next friday.


Blogger meg said...

I can think of two right now: 1) Kenneth Wingard of Wingard Home. You've probably seen his Op Art designs; and 2) Jackie Thomas of 9 Pieces. He has a store out in Hudson NY. I'm pretty sure he designs furniture too. If I think of more I'll let you know!

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ,

Just read about architect Paul Williams in the latest O at home magazine. This was 18 early 1900's but he was one of the first.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous joy said...

there are always some good features on African American designers in O (Oprah) Home Magazine...

3:34 PM  
Anonymous kelly said...

this may not be exactly what you were thinking of, but it's hard for me to think of any design that tops the work of the amazing quilters of Gees Bend...

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Info on Black designers:

stephen burks of brooklyn: http://www.readymadeprojects.com/

you might also want to contact Perry Dixon of http://www.elseware.to

- the organization of black designers: http://www.obd.org (national)

as well as a cover story on black designers that was featured in Black Enterprise magazine: http://blackenterprise.com/

Also furniture designer, Alex Locadia (sp.) not sure what he's been up to lately.

Also interior designers:

7:06 PM  
Blogger paper+art said...

Demi Adeniran, interior and product designer, just opened up shop in Brooklyn. Fabrica LLC on Vanderbilt and St. Marks. no web site just yet.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Irving said...

Cheryl Riley, hard to describe her style but Africa meets Victorian would be a good start, cherylriley.com/furniture/index.html
Alex Locadia, Batman furniture collection, aggressive sofas, interior design too, afuture.com/flash.html
Tom Miller, black gay artist and furniture designer, famous for his painted furniture, marylandartsource.org/artists/detail_000000125.html
Let us not forget Lenny Kravitz is an interior designer, kravitzdesign.com
David Rice, industrial designer, rebrand.com/page.php/id/308
There's also an awesome Long Beach-based interior and furniture designer named Cain Leon, but sadly he doesn't have a website. But his sensibilities are modern and sleek. I have a few pieces of his I can email you.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Ms Megan said...

I agree with Kelly,you should definately spotlight Gees Bend! They are amazing.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Organization of Black Designers

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sheila bridges

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


an ethiopian in america doing fantastic furniture design.

6:15 AM  
Blogger jenn said...

David Adjaye-the most amazing architect! He has a talent for interior architecture and finishes. His book is called 'Houses,' and is also beautifully designed.

12:31 PM  

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