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African American Top 20 List... a 3rd Time!

Happy and humbled again to be included on Pink Eggshell's African American Top 20 List of Interior Designers for the 3rd year in a row.  We are beyond appreciative to Kimberly and her team at Pink Eggshell for continuing to value the work we do at Ishka Designs, to bestow us with this honor and to include us among the many giants in this relatively small community of interior designers of color.  As the importance of the list grows within the broad landscape of the interior design industry it is only right that the celebration that accompanies this event grows in tandem.  This year's celebration will be in Atlanta and will be a 3-day event starting with the celebration party on Thursday May 8th at the newly opened Negril restaurant.  See the line up on Pink Eggshell's blog

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, and for the full list of the other amazingly talented designers, read

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.  If you are in the Atlanta area, we would love for you to join the celebration, say hello and meet the other designers.  Looking forward!

Some of the members of the Top 20 at the 2012 celebration in NYC.  Source: African American Interior Designers Facebook page

One,

Team IDI

Lights, Camera...Action: Take 1

Caught in the Act featuring Ishka Designs! Brooklyn Indpendent TV series - Bric Arts Media
We've finally built up the courage to bare our souls, skills and style on the big screen. Ok, so it is not quite the big screen, but it is local TV network, Brooklyn Independent Television.  We are very happy and proud to be a part of their docu-series "Caught In the Act: Art in Brooklyn", which takes a "fly on the wall" perspective of Brooklyn artists as they go about executing their artwork.  The approach perfectly explains the 6 minutes of unrehearsed, unscripted, raw delivery of a day with IDI so kindly excuse the repetitive words, the "uhms" and the "errs" and help Niya and I celebrate our first real LIVE television experience...hip, hip....hooray!
Chatting about our project for non-profit Haiti Cultural Echange.
The show first aired on 02.27.13 and will continue to air for a month at 2p and 10p Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Time Warner 56, Cablevision 69 and in all five boroughs on Verizon 44.  Non-NY'ers can also see our portion of the episode here courtesy of blip.tv.
On the site of our project with Haiti Cultural Exchange President, Regine Roumaine
We weren't joking earlier about the build-up to this.  In fact, about two years elapsed since the producer, Ambika Samarthya, first knocked on our door requesting participation on the show.  Only recently, however, did we happen upon the right project fit for her.  In late November, we committed to working with the amazing non-profit organization, Haiti Cultural Exchange, to design their first head office location.  With the short turnaround time we were given, we felt the project would be ideal for TV.  Alas, the final reveal did not occur in time for the airing of the show, but we will keep you posted on the final results.

So here are my thoughts: despite his very camera-shy demeanour, Mr. Bascom looks and sounds like he was meant for the screen...not so sure about yours truly, but I am working on it.  Do you think we should make a habit of this TV thing? :)

One,
idi

***Special thanks to Ambika Samarthya, Brooklyn Independent TV and our client, Haiti Cultural Exchange for making this happen***


We are featured in NY Spaces Magazine's Oct 2012 Issue!

NY Space Magazine Oct 2012 Issue.  We are featured on page 136!  Go get your copy.
Pop the bottle, sprinkle the confetti!  We are celebrating the fact that one of our most recent projects is currently featured in a four page spread in the awesome NY Spaces magazine's October 2012 issue.  It is their popular Art Issue.  And all the photos were taken by our Niya Bascom.  AND they used our client's dining area close up for the opening of the well section!  So if you have a moment, go get your copy and help us celebrate.

One of our favourite photos of our project.  Artwork by Jamal Ince. Photo by Niya Bascom
Special shout out to all the amazing folks who worked with us on this project, including Nick Knacks Creative (contractor), Khem Brady (painter), 33 Woodwork (master carpenter), From The Source (custom furnishings), Jamal Ince (dope artist) and Sana Keefer (stylist).