Mmanwu is an armchair made by master artisans out of Aso Oke fabric, wood and foam. It is a unique piece that can be ordered from contemporary African craft specialists Aga Concept in Lagos.
Mmanwu is an armchair made by master artisans out of Aso Oke fabric, wood and foam. It is a unique piece that can be ordered from contemporary African craft specialists Aga Concept in Lagos. Photography by Aga Concept.

Honoring Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Interior Design team is spotlighting the narratives, works, and craft traditions of Black architects, designers, and creatives. See our full coverage here, including interviews with industry innovators.

4 Black Designers on Pushing the Industry Forward

Jade McNiel

Here, four Black designers speak candidly about their experiences in the industry, touching on their challenges and successes with an eye toward a brighter future. Read more

10 Questions with… Mimi Shodeinde

Mimi Shodeinde

Mimi Shodeinde talks with Interior Design about her fluid and sophisticated to approach to design that gives form and function equal stature. Read more

Nandipha Mntambo’s Furniture Blurs Human and Animal Forms in a New Show at Capetown’s Southern Guild

Nandipha Mntambo

“Transcending Instinct,” is Nandipha Mntambo’s first solo show for Cape Town’s Southern Guild gallery, on view through April 8, stretches her expertise into the realm of functional sculpture. Read more

10 Questions with… Stephen Slaughter

Stephen Slaughter

Get to know Stephen Slaughter, the educator known for weaving together architecture, social engagement, and urban advancement. Read more

Artist Shantell Martin’s Meditative Line Work Expands to Winterwear and the Boston Ballet

Shantell Martin

Shantell Martin has expanded her work to winter wear with North Face and choreography for the Boston Ballet. Read more

Yinka Ilori Enlivens a Café at the Superblue Gallery in Miami With Wallcoverings Informed by Nigerian Parables

Yinka Ilori

Yinka Ilori’s permanent installation at Blue Rider, the café at immersive art gallery Superblue that debuted during Design Miami in December, creates memorable moments for visitors. Read more

10 Questions with… Willie Cole

Willie Cole

Artist Willie Cole talks about his work with reclaimed materials, notably shoes, and his latest collaboration with fashion label Comme des Garçons. Read more

10 Questions with… Mac Collins

Mac Collins

Artist and designer Mac Collins, winner of the Saltzman prize, discusses how his work explores identity, culture, and heritage. Read more

Artist Helina Metaferia Celebrates Black Women Activists in Two Solo Shows

Helina Metaferia

Ethiopian-American artist Helina Metaferia is set to showcase mixed media collages at an upcoming exhibition in Brookline, Massachusetts. Read more

Black Artists and Designers Guild Teams Up With Pottery Barn on New Line of Home Accents

BADG x Pottery Barn

The Black Artists and Designers Guild and Pottery Barn team up to create a collection of homeware, accents, and textiles showcasing the beauty of Black joy. Read more

10 Questions With… Nina Cooke John

Nina Cooke John, Founder, Studio Cooke John. Photography by Ball and Albanese.

Architect and educator Nina Cooke John speaks candidly about juggling responsibilities, realizing her first built public artwork, and the importance of active participation in civic life. Read more

Black Makers Showcase Their Personal Narratives in These Eye-Catching Product Designs

Bradley Bowers.

From bold wallcoverings to meditative rugs, these products reflect the heritages, travels, and childhood memories of their makers. Read more

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Invites Viewers to Reflect on Community and Hope in Afrofuturist Period Room

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts the “Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room.” The long-term installation artfully blends a fabricated 19th-century domestic interior with new acquisitions from contemporary artists and designers such as Ini Archibong and Tourmaline. Read more

10 Questions With… Titi Ogufere, Founder of Design Week Lagos

Titi Ogufere.

Titi Ogufere offers insights into the beginnings of Design Week Lagos, African design traditions, and her recent project with Netflix. Read more

10 Questions With… Rich Mnisi

Rich Mnisi.

Rich Mnisi chats about his pivot from fashion to furniture design, as well as his debut solo exhibition. Read more

10 Questions with… David Brown

David Brown.

David Brown discusses church acoustics, the difference between the available and the vacant in urban design, and the possibilities of the temporary. Read more  

Malene Barnett Teams Up With Lulu and Georgia on Wallcovering Line Inspired by the Sea

Malene Barnett.

A closer look at artist-activist Malene Barnett’s Kindred line for Lulu and Georgia, which translates her intricate hand-built clay sculptures and vessels into standout wallpaper. Read more

Venus Williams’s Firm V Starr Honors Women in Debut Product Collaboration With Wolf-Gordon

Sonya Haffey and Venus Williams. Photo by Ryan Loco.

In case you missed it, Venus Williams’s firm V Starr launched its first-ever product collaboration last year: Muse, an upholstery line with Wolf-Gordon that celebrates the power of women. Read more