Nicole White, Nile Johnson, Erika Ward, Justin Q. Williams, Carmeon Hamilton and Don Ricardo Massenburg are six powerhouse black interior designers who are gaining well-deserved recognition. TOV furniture threw The collection of voices to push back the lack of visibility of the black design community and industry with the 20+ piece series.
“It was never a difficult decision for us to create The Voice Collection,” says Chaya Krinsky, CEO of TOV Furniture. “We all share a community of followers, a love for design and a belief that furniture should represent who you are. We had the opportunity to be part of a major moment in the history of the industry and to provide a stage for these six designers to showcase their exceptional talent.While we feel a collection of this size is coming far too late, we are thrilled to be able to help bring it to life.
TOV Furniture is known for being bold, playful and luxurious, but also accessible. Over the past ten years, the family business with a women-centric message has become one of the fastest growing furniture brands. TOV furniture reflects the latest, while creating the next trend.
Each designer worked closely with the TOV team from start to finish on their pieces, each bringing a different twist to the collection. The time and effort put into each design is evident, and the personal inspiration cannot be missed. Carmeon Hamilton’s four pieces each reflect a major design moment she experienced, while Nile Johnson’s three pieces are named after her children. The Voice Collection is a smash hit, and we can’t wait to see where these talented minds take us on their journeys next.
Neighborhood Erika Hollinshead is an interior designer committed to timeless interiors, lifestyle and well-being as Owner and Principal Designer of Erika Ward Interiors. It is sought after by brands and consumers. With a background in corporate finance and over a decade of design experience, Erika educates consumers on the benefits – financial and intrinsic – of a well-designed home. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, she also champions initiatives that unite designers and suppliers to bring great design to disadvantaged groups.
Carmeon Hamilton is the Memphis-based interior designer, content creator and lifestyle blogger behind her brand, Nubi Interiors. Her 15 years of experience in multiple facets of the design industry, from public health and residential to retail and merchandising, are the foundation of her work in discovering beauty in all things.
Justin Q. Williams is an interior designer based in Atlanta, Georgia, who developed a business – Trademark Design Company – with the goal of bringing quality design to the masses. Since 2009, he has gained a nationwide following within the home and lifestyle divisions. As a teenager, Justin not only designed homes from start to finish, but also developed renovation plans for his family’s home and worked alongside the contractor who became a mentor. His hope is to create fashionable yet functional spaces for people who seek it, helping others live better by elevating spaces, one home at a time.
Don Ricardo Massenburg, founder of Design Inkredible, is passionate about interiors, arts and early childhood education. As a designer, he is known for his bold use of lush colors, patterns and textiles, as well as his leadership in the industry. As an education specialist, he assesses the impact of the environment on learning. But whatever happens, its ultimate goal is to elevate the spaces and the quality of life.
Nicole White is CEO and Principal Designer of Nicole White Designs Interiors, a full-service interior design firm in Sunrise, Florida. Bringing together his love of design and writing, resulted in the creation of his blog Live Laugh Decorate. There, she showcases behind-the-scenes details of design projects, shares tips on affordable design ideas, and talks about design trends. Originally from Jamaica, Nicole is inspired by the colors and textures of the Caribbean and loves to fuse these elements into her designs. She takes pride in designing a home guided by her clients’ passions, no matter the style.
Nile Johnson was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and currently lives in Kennett Square, a western suburb of Philadelphia. He is the director of interior design for Nile Johnson Interior Design as well as an adjunct faculty member in the interior design department of a local college. Nile supports underprivileged youth and is a member of the Black Artists + Designers Guild.
To learn more about The Voice Collection, visit tovfurniture.com.