With a background in fine arts and surface design, Shakoor Interiors Principal Erin Shakoor is much more than an interior designer. She possesses the unique ability to intuit the needs of a space, the results being harmonious interiors with strong visual impact. Driven in part by her insatiable curiosity about the world around her, she made a natural transition into interior design 18 years ago. Erin’s eye for detail allows her to approach each new project with a fresh perspective. The St. Louis native is a BFA graduate of The Kansas City Art Institute and holds a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Northwestern University‘s Continuing Studies Program. Shakoor’s personal aesthetic is informed by giants like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Diane von Furstenberg, Ellsworth Kelly and Milo Baughman. Her inspiration is found in Brutalist & Art Deco design and historically-rich locations including Girona Spain, Mali West Africa, Florence Italy, and of course Paris France.
“What I see new/next in design is more focus on, support, and funding for Black artists, designers, and makers to launch long-awaited or previously derailed collections, that had been met with lots of obstacles in the past, because of a lack of inclusion. I see a less obstructed path for Black creatives to take back control of the narrative around what is Black creativity? As a result, we will also start to see more exposure of existing and new products, innovation, etc. come from not just African Americans but from the diaspora. Some of these new product collections have been percolating or underway since prior to the Spring of 2019. More designers will be able to ask by name for these product and service offerings; from fine art and rugs/textiles to wall coverings, bespoke furniture & lighting. Makers like Marie Burgos, Bradley Bowers, and Jomo Tariku’s works will become iconic, like the works of Baughman and Saarinen. The Black aesthetic will become part of the regular offerings in architecture firms, design showrooms, galleries, etc.”