Back in August, we spoke with Malene Barnett, founder of The Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG), about the work BADG is doing to counter the lack of representation of Black talent and culture in the design industry. Now, as part of the organization’s work to center and uplift Black voices, it’s getting ready to launch The Obsidian Virtual Concept House in January 2021, which is sponsored by Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, Town & Country and California Home + Design.
The Obsidian Virtual Concept House is a futuristic home founded on an enlightened way of being and dwelling designed for Black families, by Black families. It’s about envisioning a new future that emphasizes the home as a sanctuary where family and work life are intertwined and rest, safety, nourishment, spirituality and joy are centered. It was designed by 22 BADG “creators,” all of whom draw from their own expertise, perspective and research.
The Obsidian Project committee includes BADG members Malene Barnett, Leyden Lewis, Nina Cooke John, Kelly Finley, Everick Brown and Kiyonda Powell. And, the team behind the project interviewed and spoke with many Black families to best understand the diverse communities.