Celebrating Diversity: #DesignLUX Honors Black History Month Feb. 26th

The Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport.  New York's September 11th Memorial Museum.  Jacqueline Kennedy's bridal gown.  The carbon filament light-bulb. 

At first glance, there doesn't appear to be a common thread between these four seemingly different, yet important designs. Upon closer examination, however, one finds that all four were developed and designed by a member of the African American community. Though Paul R. Williams, Ann Lowe, and Lewis Latimer may not be household names, their contributions as well as those of their colleagues and collaborators are no less influential.  Many paved the way for the design movements and technological innovations we've come to love today.

The month of February being African American History Month here in the United States, the team behind #DesignLUX has decided to dedicate this week's chat to the architecture, interior and product designs imagined by the African American community.  It is our goal to highlight spirit and individuality that these great designers brought to the American design industries.

And too really make this week's #DesignLUX a celebration we've recruited not one but TWO inspired guest hostesses - Angel Robinson of WriteRobinson Couture Stationery and Jeanine Hays, author of Remix and voice of Aphrochic.

Join the conversation this coming Thursday, February 28th at 1pmPT/4pmET for our own special tribute. 

Paul R. Williams at the Los Angeles International Airport; Photo: Julius Shulman Photographic Archive, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute

Paul R. Williams at the Los Angeles International Airport; Photo: Julius Shulman Photographic Archive, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute

Designer Willi Smith; Photo: Johnson Publishing Company

Designer Willi Smith; Photo: Johnson Publishing Company

Ann Lowe, designer of Jacqueline Kennedy's bridal gown; Photo: Unknown

Ann Lowe, designer of Jacqueline Kennedy's bridal gown; Photo: Unknown


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Founder and creative genius at the helm of New Orleans based WriteRobinson Couture Stationery, Angel Robinson has developed a penchant for elegant, detail focused yet technologically friendly stationery designs celebrated by the likes of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Wesleyan University. Coming soon to her repetoire, an inspired book featuring her much lauded "Thoughts of the Day".

Write Robinson Couture Stationery | www.writerobinson.com

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Celebrated Author and Designer Jeanine Hays is well versed in vibrant, livable interior environments.  Her recent design tome Remix - Decorating with Culture, Objects, & Soul (available via Amazon) penned with collaborator Bryan Mason celebrates the creation of culturally identifiable living spaces.

Hardcopies available from Amazon.com Here
Digital Copy available via iTunes here

AprhroChic | www.aphrochic.com

#DesignLUX | Thursday February 26th, 2015 | 1pmPT/4pmET
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