It’s always a good time to celebrate the accomplishments (and incredible work) of Black creators – but especially so upon the arrival of Black History Month. From designers to artists, brand-builders to curators, we’re taking a look at the names you should know – and get inspired by.
In every creative field, the Black community has (and continues to) contribute so much – through inspiring interiors, impactful art, and unique and exciting products. And while much of their work has gone underappreciated for far too long, we’re here to recognize – and highlight – this tremendous pool of talent. To kick off Black History Month, we’re sharing just a few of our favorites to follow, support (and, of course, get endless inspiration).
Keep scrolling to see 16 of the Black designers, artists, creators, brands, and makers leaving their mark.
Want to explore the work of even more creatives in the Black community? Check out 24 Pieces of Art From Black Artists, Highlighting Black Interior Designers And Their Work, and 24 Ways To Support Black-Owned Businesses.
If you weren’t one of the millions who witnessed this poet deliver her work ‘The Hill We Climb’ at the recent presidential inauguration, be sure to take a look. At just 22 years old, she’s a powerful force for creating poetry that speaks to modern life in America.
As an Interior designer, blogger, environmental curator, and plant whisperer, there’s not much Carmeon can’t do. And through each of her endeavors, her motto is “love the way you live”. We couldn’t agree more.
Nicole Gibbons founded Clare as a streamlined alternative to the many, messy steps of painting. From samples that you simply stick to the wall to paint and supplies delivered right to your door, it’s certain to save you time (if only it could paint the walls for you too!)
Offering a plethora of prints that range from abstracts to inspirational messages to colorful portraits, this artist has got a piece to liven up just about any space.
For interiors that mix modern, classic, and eclectic (plus just the right amount of color) look no further than NY based designer Danielle Colding.
House Beautiful called this one of the best home stores in America for a reason. With an assortment of decor, an in-house line of candles, and lots of giftable goods, owner and designer Laura Hodges has what you’re looking for (even if you don’t know it yet).
Based in Lisbon, Portugal, artist Emma Hall creates cute and covetable prints, postcards, and even wrapping paper in her signature graphic style. Plus many of her prints come in a print from home option.
Goodee founders and designers Byron and Dexter Peart curate covetable (not to mention ethical and sustainable) objects from around the globe in this chic shop.
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Using blocks of color, artist (and all-around creative force) Kenesha Sneed creates figural pieces that explore black identity.
Having photographed everything from former presidents to Volkswagon buses, Kwaku Alston looks to spread inspiration through his eclectic work – and uniquely named – Kwakushop.
Brooklyn interior designer Leyden Lewis knows a thing or two about creating an eclectic space. His ability to masterfully mix and match is certain to give you the courage to get creative in your own space.
This west coast designer has crafted one stylish space after the next (and always leaves us feeling inspired).
Searching for a contractor? This site, founded by Jean Brownhill, matches your project to a certified contractor in your area – and helps you create your dream space.
A lifestyle brand and magazine from Ayesha Currey, it’s a go-to for it-products, simple self-care ideas, and anything to make life a little sweeter.
The Black Home is the brainchild of designer Neffi Walker and features everything to make your home more stylish, from DIY ideas to a line of very cool candles to fabulous gold flatware.
Simple, well-crafted, and made for any room (or occasion) Tracie Hervey’s ceramics are the timeless pieces you didn’t know you needed – and are available from Bloomist.