11 BIPOC designers enrolled in the Kaleidoscope project to reinvent residential units


Sunpan’s Lorelei counter stools, seen in The Cornell Inn bar at the Kaleidoscope Project in 2021. Design by David Santiago / Photography by Frank Frances Studio

TORONTO – Sunpan announced its partnership with the Kaleidoscope Project as a Sapphire Sponsor for the second consecutive year. The Kaleidoscope Project is a designer demo house venture aimed at showcasing the diverse talents of the creative design industry.

For the 2022 installation, The Kaleidoscope Project recruited 11 interior designers/design teams to reimagine four residential units at the historic 1906 Tyler Street Fire Hall in Pittsfield, Mass. The redesigned spaces will also include artwork created by BIPOC artists.

Through Sapphire’s sponsorship, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) designers participating in the Kaleidoscope Project have received product donations and grants, giving them access to Sunpan’s catalog. An additional monetary donation was also made to The Kaleidoscope Project to provide scholarships to members of the BIPOC community interested in pursuing a career in the arts and design industry.

“We are proud to be part of a new era in Pittsfield and to present our mission, our designs and our sourced products, which will remain intact in these spaces for future residents, long after these creations have closed to the public,” said said Amy. Lynn Schwartzbard, founder of Project Kaleidoscope. “This aligns more with our sustainability mission and is unique to the Showhouse paradigm.”

Last year, The Kaleidoscope Project completed the redesign of the Cornell Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts, where 23 BIPOC designers transformed 21 different rooms in the hotel. The opening night for this year’s project will take place on August 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The daily Showhouse tour will begin August 20 and run through September 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Project Kaleidoscope’s goal of providing inspirational scholarships and internships to members of the BIPOC community interested in careers in a creative field – through partnerships with educational programs and other non-profit organizations.

To learn more about this year’s project and to see the designers participating in the 2022 edition, please visit the Project Kaleidoscope website.

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