BHM Highlight # 2 | 5 More Black Designers To Celebrate This Month
We've gathered 5 more influential designers & visionaries across industries to take a look at - enjoy this continued journey of celebration & education!
In recognition of Black History Month (during February and beyond), let us take a moment to celebrate and educate ourselves on the incredible legacy of some Black designers, creatives, voices, and taste-makers in our industry.
From industrial designers, to artists, architects, interior designers, and furniture craftspeople, these incredible innovators have advanced our culture and society in profound ways. All month we'll be highlighting their stories, their struggles, their triumphs, and their unparalleled contributions.
Follow up next week for even more short designer highlights!
Beverly Lorraine Greene
Dr. Craig Wilkins
Thomas Day, the most prominent cabinetmaker in North Carolina during the 1850s, is much like the other industry pioneers that we are highlighting in that he combined both excellence at his craft with stylistic flourish that pushed boundaries and led to his success.
Day was born in 1801 to a free, educated Black family, and was able to create a name for himself while he was alive and posthumously impact the history of American Furniture styles. He created remarkable pieces of all types, with details that weren't revisited in American furniture styles until the turn of the century.
His notable accomplishments include owning a field for timber production and having a workshop output that at one point represented 11% of the North Carolina furniture market. His work and mission to compete with the furniture industries of other states is part of the foundation of North Carolina's status today as a center for furniture production in the United States.