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Project Description

I had the pleasure of co-designing and co-curating one of the Transcend spaces for the Summer 2019 NY NOW show with Kiyonda Powell, representing the Black Artists + Designers Guild. Our goal was to create an experience that was unapologetically Black in its influences, detailed, modern, soulful, and beautiful. Our concept was The Love Letter:

Creativity comes in many forms. It’s music to your ears, a feast for the eyes , the pleasant sensation of shivers to your soul. Essentially, it’s an address to your consciousness through stories by artists, makers, and designers in many disciplines. It is also love.

This is a love letter to the Black creative. Your talent inspires us as we experience all of you in each piece: the influences and sacrifices embodied in the colors, words, sounds, and textures. We are honored to be with you in this work; feeling the dedication, experiencing its growth, and cultivating its beauty. As colleagues and comrades, we applaud you while standing alongside you in love and light.


This space was a partnership amongst Kiyonda and I, and a group of amazing vendors that trusted our vision and graciously lent us their products to execute that vision, as follows:

  • 54kibo
  • Arteriors
  • Barkiture
  • Bungalow 5
  • CDMX Design
  • Currey & Company
  • Design Ideas
  • Itinerant Studio
  • Jungalow
  • Kim Seybert
  • Kravet
  • Leftbank Art
  • Lladro
  • Made Goods
  • Michael Aram
  • Middle Kingdom
  • Natalie O Decor
  • Nourison
  • Oly Studio
  • Ot-tra
  • Phillips Collection
  • Rachel Stewart
  • Reflektion Design
  • Remix Living Design Showroom
  • Romo
  • Tawny Chatmon
  • Vaughan
  • Window Works

Black Artists + Designer Guild Members:

  • Black Pepper Paperie Co.
  • Eva Sonaike
  • Faty Ly
  • Lisa Hunt
  • Malene B Atelier
  • Marie Burgos Design
  • Yael & Valerie


Project Details

Client: NY NOW
Event: NY NOW Summer 2019
Location: Jacob Javits Convention Center, NY
Year of Project Completion: 2019

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