Based in New York TOV furniture made its debut the Voice Collection– which features designs by prominent black designers, including Atlantans Neighborhood Erika and Justin Q. Williams—at the High Point Spring Market in April. Other contributors have been Carmeon Hamilton, Nile Johnson, Don Ricardo Massenburgand Nicole White.
“We are thrilled to have collaborated with six well-known black designers from across the United States,” says Chaya Krinksy, who founded TOV Furniture in 2013 with her husband Bruce. “Erika Ward and Justin Q. Williams are powerful leaders in the design industry, and their unique contributions to this TOV collection are everything we hoped for and more.”
“From a cultural perspective, it was a great honor to be included in TOV’s campaign highlighting furniture design from a black designer’s perspective,” says Ward. “The pieces we created only scratched the surface of the breadth and depth of our work, but it was certainly a great start. The TOV brand made both a statement and a financial investment who have truly cemented their commitment to amplifying our voices, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Since launching her business in 2006, Ward has expanded to work with clients nationwide. She is a spokesperson and brand ambassador for ADAC Atlanta, High Point Market, Home Depot and others and was recently featured on NBC. Open day series – although she says she is most proud of her roles as wife to husband Chris and mother to their five children.
Ward has created two elegant pieces for the Voice collection. The Brooke Espresso Walnut dresser, named after her daughter Brooke, combines the natural acacia wood finish with sophisticated accent inserts. The other room is a four-poster king-size bed — named after her daughter Ava — with a faux-suede headboard, acacia wood construction, and contemporary metal posts.
“The TOV project was an amazing opportunity to flex my design muscles when it comes to a custom piece for mass production. It got me thinking hard about designing a piece that marries my design mantra timeless and classic with TOV’s adventurous and current aesthetic, while making it affordable. You could never look at my piece and put a date stamp on it,” Ward said. Atlanta.
Williams, who recently appeared on HGTV Design Star: new generation, was inspired by his parents, who encouraged his interest in design while growing up in Alabama. He created four pieces for the Voice Collection, each named after family members and reflecting their personalities. The luxurious Jessie Sectional pays homage to its grandfather, a quintessential gentleman who was always well-appointed and elegant, according to Williams. The Van Accent chair, named after Williams’ father, is both minimalist and classic, with tufted upholstery in velvet or vegan leather and a polished gold stainless steel frame. Williams used a unique abstract patterned fabric for the Crystal Chair to honor his mother, who he says is still the charismatic life of the party. Finally, its Alon media console takes its name and espresso hue from Williams’ standard poodle, while its brass legs and doorknobs reflect the gold accents of Alon’s collar.
“The TOV Voice collection was a long overdue initiative, and the name ‘Voice’ says it all,” Williams said. “This collection highlights representation in an industry where extremely talented designers are too often overlooked and underrepresented. The initiative means the world to me, as I myself have been overlooked after working twice as hard to produce beautiful spaces and content for all to enjoy. It’s a beautiful moment in time that I’m truly grateful for.