Interior design, lifestyle and inspiration blog Pinkeggshell along with Iconic Homes magazine are set to recognize the achievements of African-American interior designers at the height of their careers during “Black Excellence: A Celebration of the Top 20 African-American Interior Designers,” taking place in Atlanta, May 8-10.
The three-day forum will kick off with an awards party hosted by Atlanta-based Michel Boyd of Smith Boyd interiors and New York-based designer Roderick Shade who will toast the Top 20 list of designers.
Clockwise from top: Michel Boyd, Roderick Shade, Elaine Griffin, Alicia Lamar, Robin Wilson and Linda Allen
The list includes Linda Allen of Linda Allen Designs, Nile Johnson of Nile Johnson Design, Alicia Lamar of Alicia Lamar Home, Anishka Clarke of Ishka Designs, Lorna Gross-Bryant of Savant Interior Design, Tiffany Brooks of You and Your Décor, Robin Wilson of Robin Wilson Home, Joan Goodwin of Verandah Interiors, Rae Revelle of Ray Norris Designs, Joy Moyler of Joy Moyler Interiors, Marian Akinloye of MA Design Studio, Erin Shakoor of Shakoor Interiors, Elaine Griffin of Elaine Griffin, Ron Woodson of Woodson and Rummerfield House of Design, Shelia Bridges of Shelia Bridges, Lisa Turner of Interior Obsessions, Janice Palmer of Palmer Design Group, Howard Brown of Howard Brown Designs, Shade and Boyd.
Daryl Carter and Cecil Hayes
Daryl Carter and Cecil Hayes will also be honored with an induction into the Hall of Fame.
Panel discussions, book signings and an intimate luncheon are also part of the multi-venue event. Festivities will focus on promoting and raising awareness of African-Americans working in the field.
Interior designer and award winning design blogger Kimberly Ward created the African-American Top 20 Interior Designers List, which first appeared on her blog, Pinkeggshell, in 2012. Established in 2008, Pinkeggshell has become a go to resource for information about the African-American experience in interior design. Pinkeggshell features various African-American interior designers, showcases stores and products by African-Americans and features tips on how to create homes that reflect the culture and lifestyle.
The release of the first issue of Iconic Homes magazine will also launch May 8. The magazine is a byproduct of the event’s success and is geared towards reaching its readers through social media, digital e-blasts and sponsorship events.