Save the Date: Obsidian Virtual Concept HouseAuthor:Lindsey Shook
The Black Artists + Designers Guild announce the Obsidian Virtual Concept House that celebrates black excellence through visionary design and architecture. Opening virtually to the public in January 2021, the home’s interior will be brought to digital life by twenty-two BADG creators who will realize research-driven designs for a black family living in Oakland, CA in the year 2025.
The home’s architecture will be designed by one of the BADG founding members, Leyden Lewis Design Studio and Nina Cooke John of Studio Cooke John, encompassing the he multiplicity of Black family identities. “Each of the contributing creators to Obsidian set their own original goals with a social and political narrative of methodologies, both ancient and present mythologies that connect the African diaspora,” says Malene Barnett, founder of BADG and Obsidian creator. “Although Black people have historically interacted within the predominantly Euro-centric design construct, Obsidian centers on our stories. These spaces are for us and, in so defining, honor our histories and futures. Obsidian documents our aspirations and celebrates how we, as Black creators, can dream our communities into life and imagine our built environment.”
California Home+Design is honored to be a regional media sponsor of the dynamic concept dwelling that will be accessible to the public through virtual self-guided 360-degree exploration, virtual reality engagement and other digital activations to expand its longevity and the BADG mission.
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