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Black Artists + Designers Guild Unveils OBSIDIAN Virtual Concept House

Ella Chakarian | February 2, 2021 | Lifestyle

OBSIDIAN Virtual Concept House focuses on futuristic designs with cultural elements.


A group of Black creatives and makers launched the Oakland Hills home looking to the future.

Twenty-three creators and guild members have diligently worked together to present OBSIDIAN, a virtual concept house based in the Oakland Hills. The project aims to contribute to the future of living and being for Black families by creating a concept residence that enfolds ancestry, technology and sustainability. On January 29, the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) revealed the official launch of Obsidian through Zoom and a Live Watch Party, a lively event that garnered 1700 viewers across 15 different countries. A notable motive of the project is to host live, genuine conversations about “home as a place of thriving for one million Black families.” The pioneering virtual space manifests the creator’s joint artistic visions and confidence that “Black futures are equitable, sustainable and liberatory.” The Obsidian project envisions the prospect of multi-generational living and celebrates Black creativity as a vehicle for liberation.

With a focus on innovation, futurism and environmentalism, BADG’s initiatory venture displays a sleek, contemporary design with areas for growing and preparing food. The notion that space forms possibilities for sustainable well-being shines through this remarkable concept house. The virtual experience, perceived in the Oakland Hills in the year 2025, is mindful of Black cultural connections to the city along with employing traditional procedures of the indigenous Ohlone people of the Bay Area. The OBSIDIAN EXPERIENCE will be available for virtual observation during February, offering live events and inviting dialogue about dwelling and prospering throughout the month.

Photography by: Courtesy of Obsidian Experience