How Black Creators Are Changing The World Of Interior Design

Black Creators

Pointers at Glance

  • BADG will present BADG of HONOR on 26th October, in which the BADG honors five design community members at a block party at Samsung 837 in the Meatpacking District of New York City.
  • The event will feature a DJ, art, a bar, an auction, and experiences befitting a lively block party in a significant part of the city.

It is an event to be noted, signaling a change in a white industry. As per the recent statistics from the American Society of Interior Designers, black creators account for less than two percent of its membership.

Byron Cordero, a BADG member and public relations representative for the group, says they now have over 100 members worldwide. Twenty-five black creators designed home, all virtual, in 2020 with BADG lab. With BADG Lifestyle, they collaborated with Pottery Barn to create a series of products. First, they created an online directory.

Other similar-minded organizations are working to upset the imbalance in the design industry. In western Massachusetts, The Kaleidoscope Project is a designer showhouse venture aiming to showcase diverse talent in the creative design industry and amplify voices that have rarely been heard.

For its first project, 23 designers transformed the 18th-century Cornell Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts; the reimagined rooms opened to the public in the early summer of 2021. A showhouse will feature four new apartment units created in a 1906 fire station in Pittsfield this year.

The Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN) has advocated for diversity and inclusion within the industry since 2010, serving as a voice and creating opportunities for designers of color under the leadership of Denver-based interior designer Keia McSwain.

The organization unveiled its list of African American Top 10 Interior Designers earlier this year. The lineup of notable designers of this year includes celebrity favorite Brigette Romanek of Los Angeles, based Romanek Design Studio, Danielle Colding of Danielle Colding Design in New York, and HGTV Design Star winners Tiffany Brooks of Chicago-area Tiffany Brooks Interiors, and also Ron Woodson, cofounder and architectural preservationist of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design in Los Angeles, Shawn McLean-Bergel of McLean Bergel of San Francisco.

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