During the Fall 2022 High Point Market, Caracole and Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN) President Keia McSwain, created an inclusive enclave within the Caracole showroom at the Markor Arts Center, 122-C N. Hamilton St. It was designed for resting, recharging and reflecting on the important contributions by designers of color. Celebrating diversity in design, the BIDN x Caracole Lounge was dedicated to members and future members.
Notable guests included Keia McSwain, president of the BIDN, June Reese, vice president of the BIDN, Charley Holt, SVP of marketing of Caracole, Kaitlin Petersen and Caroline Biggs of Business of Home, Nick Geimer, Lawon Ricketts, Eryn Oruncak, Patti Carpenter, Beth Diana Smith, Laquita Tate, Malik Khalid, Ariene Bethea, Alvin Wayne, Kelly Collier, Everick Brown, Saudah Saleem, LuAnn Nigara, Amber Guyton and Rasheeda Gray.
The BIDN lounge was brought to life with the dedication of the network's legacy partner, Caracole. Within the design, Keia McSwain also collaborated with artist Eryn Oruncak, founder of Fine Artist and interior designer of Elan Design, who commissioned artwork that specifically reflected the design pieces, fabrics and colors in the lounge. In addition, Ngala Trading, Thibaut, Worlds Away, Art Wolf Gallery and Samad Rugs assisted in bringing the high-style respite to life.
“Caracole has been one of the longest supporters of The Black Interior Designers Network, so it's no surprise the team enthusiastically provided this beautiful lounge space dedicated to the network and the contributions black designers have provided to our industry,” said McSwain. “I feel honored to have designed the lounge that fosters relationship building and celebratory fellowship opportunities that honor our black design family. Caracole deeply understands and supports the mission of the network; it's long-term partners like Caracole that allow these celebrations to come to life."