Conference room for Black Girls Code in Oakland, CA, Courtesy of SEN Creative Photography

What They’re Specifying: Kiyonda Powell

Energetic colors and radical patterns are hallmarks of Kiyonda Powell Design Studio’s nontraditional office environments.

After nailing interiors for her first designer show house (the Aspire House in McLean, Virginia) and the Hyattsville, Maryland, mayor’s office,  Kiyonda Powell has gained a following for her uniquely vibrant vision.

pink lampshade

BuzziShade pendant

“The on-brand pink acoustic shade material made this fixture a must for the Oakland, California, office of Black Girls Code (BGC), a nonprofit tech organization that works with young women.”

brass and glass shelving

Collector’s shelving

“The warmth of the brass frame grounds the space and creates balance in contrast to bright white and bold colors.”

wallpaper with portraits on it

Bay Area Toile wallpaper

“Since the office is in Oakland, a wallcovering with area icons (especially Angela Davis!) was a fun way to reference the Bay Area.”

chair with patterned fabric

Rive Droite chair

“To echo the playfulness of seating in BGC’s existing New York office, a Cappellini chair by Patrick Norguet adds a fun Pucci fabric here in Oakland.”

pink pouf

Bon Pouf ottoman

“I scattered cubes and poufs around the space for quick huddles.”

artwork of two women

Caribbean Galaxy Sisters, giclée print on paper

“For a client drawn to Afrofuturism, this piece by Yermine Richardson made for a soul-stirring focal point in the conference room.”

oak flooring sample

Engineered Plycore flooring

“The oak pattern provided a foundation for the rest of the design.”

gray carpet sample

Lazlo rug

“It makes one area feel like a living space; and the pattern is reminiscent of coding ‘chatter.’ ”

set of three black tables

Coco table

“Clusters of three tables are perfect for informal team gatherings.”

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