A Directory of Black-Owned Design Businesses to Support Now and Forever

Not only is the black community currently experiencing disproportionate death rates from the coronavirus and continued systematic violence by police forces across the United States, the pandemic has also hit black-owned businesses exceptionally hard. Reports show that nearly 95% of black-owned businesses who applied for PPP loans were denied them, and more than of 40% of black-owned businesses had shut down during the pandemic (that’s almost 450,000 business owners—more than any other group).

You also may have heard of the Fifteen Percent Pledge, spearheaded this week by Aurora James of Brother Vellies, insisting that the retail industry do more to include black-owned businesses on the shelves of Target, Whole Foods, Walmart, and more mega-retailers.

If you’re looking for more ways to support black-owned businesses, shopping with them is a direct way to make an impact. We’ve compiled this list—which is by no means exhaustive—of some of our

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Ai Weiwei’s Artsy Vacation Home in Upstate New York Now For Sale

This summer, some lucky vacationers in New York will have an incredibly rare opportunity: the chance to stay overnight in a “livable sculpture” by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The artist and architect’s one and only building in the United States will be available for rent between June 4th and September 7th, and it’s on the market for sale, too.

Exterior view of artist Ai Weiwei's minimalist upstate New York vacation home.
Exterior view of artist Ai Weiwei’s minimalist upstate New York vacation home.

The Tsai Residence is set on 37 rolling acres in the rural community of Ancram, New York, about two hours north of Manhattan. Weiwei designed the Catskills vacation home for a Chinese-American businessman and art collector in collaboration with Switzerland’s HFF Architects in 2006. The compound includes a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom main house consisting of four blocky connecting modules and an adjacent Y-shaped guest house with a dramatic rust-colored Corten steel facade.

The main house is clad in white metal

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