By Megan Slack
We're just over halfway through Pride Month – which sees a celebration of love, achievement, and diversity worldwide. And while we can mark the occasion in several ways – from a parade to a party – it is perhaps only inevitable that we're looking to bring the celebration into our interiors. Because why should our modern homes miss out on all the fun?
Therefore, we have listed five interior brands owned by members of the LGBTQ+ community for you to support this June, and even more importantly, beyond. Because we'll be honest, once you enjoy one of Boy Smell's candles, there's no way you won't be back for more.
There's a lot to love about MINNA. The queer-led – New York-based – business is driven by its proud LGBTQ+ values, which have shaped the company and continue to feed into everything they do. At the top of the MINNA empire is Founder and Director Sara Berks, who works to showcase exquisite home decor pieces from local artisans in Central and South America, including stunning glassware, chairs, and rugs.
Yes, it's true; these pieces look great but are making even greater waves across the globe – and we have every excuse we could ever need to add multiple goods to our basket.
2. KAMP Studios
Brooklyn-based KAMP Studios' Galerie Ground is a trove of handcrafted art objects and exquisitely curated furnishings that draw from the ‘transformative power of surface, innovation, and design.’
Designer Matthew Fisher creates a juxtaposition of ultra-modern products made from timeless techniques that give each piece a unique finish and a finish that is guaranteed to look beautiful in any contemporary home. Matthew’s pieces are also wholly minimalistic, meaning you can embrace the Scandi-cool spirit in the streets of New York and beyond.
Home decor masters TRNK are known for their extraordinary offering of furniture, but their waves in the LGBTQ+ community are just as admirable.
Yes, the design studio may have already graced the interiors of our homes – but now they are expanding to New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art – where they are currently exhibiting CHOSEN in celebration of Pride Month. CHOSEN draws attention to ‘chosen families’ within the LGBTQ+ space through a rotating series of photographs every two weeks.
4. Boy Smells
Los Angeles candle company Boy Smells has created everything we could want from a home accessory. Their products are wholly aesthetic, sweet-smelling, and completely fun. Co-founded by former-fashion workers and real-life couple Matthew Herman and David Kien, Boy Smells is not categorized by gender binary conventions and encourages us to love our identity as part of a 'daily ritual.'
Plus, to mark the month, Boy Smells have launched a Pride collection that includes five limited edition scents. They will donate ten percent of online sales from series to The Trevor Project, which works to prevent suicide among LGBTQ+ young people.
5. Jonathan Adler
It's no secret that we're pretty big fans of our recent guest editor, Johnathan Adler, here at Livingetc. So, it's only fitting that we include Jonathan's aptly named label in our round-up. It's also safe to say that you can almost drench your entire home in Johnathan's kaleidoscopic designs as he has everything a stylish home could need – from chandeliers to cocktail carts – and all those other life essentials.
This Pride, Johnathan is selling a rainbow-kissed Vice Pride canister that will illuminate your interiors all year round.
While Pride Month will inevitably come to an end, we're certainly taking note of these five powerhouses who would continue to shape our homes for many more months to come.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly loves writing about contemporary styles and trends for Livingetc.
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