Malene Barnett lives boldly. As the founder of the Black Artists + Designers Guild, Barnett has provided a dependable place designed to amplify the work and voices of Black creatives. And, now, the spotlight is on her — quite literally.
Recognized for her inspiring ceramics, Barnett is showcasing her craft by teaming up with home retailer Lulu & Georgia. Together the two developed the 'Kindred' collection (opens in new tab)— a celebration of "Black culture, joy and legacies together." With the inspiration dating back to her own travels throughout life.
“My work examines the relationship between handmade techniques and modern art and design. My experience working with textiles and ceramics has always been multidimensional. I never look at fabric as a flat surface, and I always bring three-dimensional elements to enhance the details. And it's the same philosophy I use when designing wallpaper or even working with clay," explains Barnett.
5 standout pieces from the Malene Barnett x Lulu Georgia 'Kindred' Collection
The pieces start at $169, featuring bold, rich colors that are not only the perfect backdrop for the best sofa but speak volumes, transforming rooms in moments. Don't believe us? Continue scrolling to see for yourself.
1. The Mosaic Wallpaper
Mosaic Wallpaper by Malene Barnett (opens in new tab)for $168, at Lulu & Georgia
The Mosaic Wallpaper (opens in new tab) features metallic accents that highlight and connect a picturesque, fragmented perspective. It's adaptable enough to hang in any room in your home, adding a taste of brilliance and vibrant pattern.
2. The Bequia Wallpaper
Bequia Wallpaper by Malene Barnett (opens in new tab)for $178, at Lulu & Georgia
The moody hues and ripple-like pattern of the Bequia Wallpaper (opens in new tab) are inspired by the Caribbean Sea and generate a comforting, pensive style—excellent for curating your bedroom or dining room.
3. The Alaari Wallpaper
4. Heritage Wallpaper
Heritage Wallpaper by Malene Barnett (opens in new tab)for $168, at Lulu & Georgia
The Heritage Wallpaper (opens in new tab)emphasizes textural detailing to reflect a carved and etched design. Clear neutrals give this piece versatility to adapt to several different areas, from your living space to a dining
5. Malou Wallpaper
Malou Wallpaper by Malene Barnett (opens in new tab) for $168, at Lulu & Georgia
Lastly, the Malou Wallpaper (opens in new tab) honors the legacy of Afro-Caribbean women potters with its intricate and established design. A milky white polish offers a tonal appearance, perfect for styling it in a bathroom or transitional space.
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