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From the Editors: A Look Back, a Look Forward


From the Editors: A Look Back, a Look Forward

June 9, 2020

Resolving to do better.

Last week, on Instagram, we posted in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and listed organizations we’ve been donating to, including the BIDN Donation FundNAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Innocence Project, and the ACLU. Remodelista will donate 10 percent of our June advertising revenues to these organizations as well.

Several of you commented that you’d like to see more diversity on Remodelista, and we hear you. As one of the first steps, we’re rounding up six of our favorite posts highlighting Black designers and craftspeople (we’ll be featuring more in the coming weeks). We know we have to do better, and we will do better. We appreciate your support as we listen and learn.

N.B. The Business of Home has a good piece on the subject: Want to be an ally for Black designers? A new campaign shows the way.

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Above: Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom of Brooklyn’s Ishka Designs are an international duo–she grew up in Jamaica; he was born in London to Jamaican and Guyanese parents and raised in NYC. Shown above: a detail from the White House Cottage on Jamaica. And check out a project here we featured a while back (it’s one of our favorites): A Paris Pied-à-Terre by Ishka Designs of Brooklyn.
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Above: We are admirers of Brooklyn-based entrepreneur and design visionary Kai Avent-deLeon, owner of concept shop Sincerely Tommy. Here’s a look at Kai’s Bed-Stuy apartment; photo by Mel Walbridge for Remodelista.
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Above: Madame de la Maison is a one-woman operation helmed by Ajiri Aki, based in Paris. Aki—who was born in Nigeria, raised in Texas, and worked in the fashion industry in New York (including at the Met’s Costume Institute) before going back to school to study decorative arts—lives now in France, and takes day trips to the country’s brocantes to sleuth one-of-a-kind vintage finds, then offers them for rent in Paris and beyond. See our posts: Vintage French Style You Can Rent: Madame de la Maison in Paris, Staying In: How to Set a Valentine’s Table for Two, Courtesy of Ajiri Aki, and Joyeux Noël: How to Throw a Holiday Party the French Way.
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Above: RISD grad Tracie Hervy is a rising star in the ceramics world; her perfectly proportioned vessels are deceptively simple. (As she says, “My most recent work is inspired by the simplicity of prehistoric vessels. All superfluities are stripped away to reveal the essence of: cup, bowl, plate.) Her work has been picked up by some of the nation’s most prestigious shops: March in SF, Bloomist in NY, and more.
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Above: Sheila Bridges was a judge for our 2017 Considered Design Awards (make sure to read The Bald Mermaid; a Memoir); she’s a famed interior designer and author whose clients include Bill Clinton. Sheila is celebrated for her Harlem Toile print, which is featured in the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent wallpaper collection.
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Above: We recently got to know creatives (and twins) Byron and Dexter Peart; they curate a diverse assemblage of inspiring brands via their brand Goodee. As they say, “We empower creators, makers and consumers to make a social impact through a global marketplace that fosters transparent sourcing, upcycling, ethical treatment of its employees and more. Simply put, good design and good purpose intersect here.” See our post: Oh, Goodee! Byron and Dexter Peart’s New Essentials for the Home.

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