Iconic Home: Interiors, Advice, and Stories from 50 Amazing Black Designers

Abrams. Oct. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781419763649. $50. INTERIOR DESIGN
Interior designer Reese is the VP of Black Interior Designers, Inc., which strives to provide services and business opportunities for Black designers. By spotlighting 50 Black interior designers, Reese hopes to invigorate others in pursuit of their passions. Each write-up features an image and short biography of the designer, along with a Q&A and photos of interiors they’ve created. Some of the interview questions (like “Why is it important to layer a room design?”) are repeated throughout the book, but they are carefully curated. By learning how being a Black designer affects their work or what they want to be remembered for, readers get a glimpse into the creators’ influences and work ethics. For those hoping to get more concrete design tips, the featured professionals give advice on bringing the outdoors in, using color or texture, the importance of lighting, and more. They also offer their go-to simple tricks, such as being open to trying new and different things.
VERDICT A stunning celebration of Black designers, their work, and their passions.
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