This Kenyan-born furniture designer has used art and data to push the design world to recognize Black creatives

Jomo Tariku, a Black man, wears work clothes and holds a drill in front of a rack of hand tools.
Jomo Tariku, a Black man, wears work clothes and holds a drill in front of a rack of hand tools.

It’s tempting to want to call Jomo Tariku an up-and-comer in the home decór space. Born in Kenya to Ethiopian parents, and now based in Virginia, the industrial designer has been a darling of shelter magazines and newspapers over the past two years. His work has been celebrated in such publications as Architectural Digest, dwell, and The New York Times. But the 51-year-old father of two has been scratching at the industry’s door for nearly a quarter of a century. …

Nino Padova

I’m a writer and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. My work has appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, Food Network Magazine, Sunset Magazine, and Airbnb.

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