Designer Friday: An ASPIRE Exlusive Interview With KD Reid

Having spent years studying the interior design industry, and working with industry leaders Dekar Design and Mikel Welch, KD Reid’s natural design ideology became sharper and more keen. His expertise in design led him to work for a top furniture company, From The Source which later transitioned him into creating his own design firm, KD Reid Interiors in 2019. This past year, KD designed an exquisite room in the third annual Kingston Design Showhouse, which had the backdrop of picturesque Kingston, NY. KD’s ability to transform a space with luxurious and thoughtful designs that harken to its surroundings is truly impeccable. Introducing this week’s Designer Friday, KD Reid.

Inspired by the showhouse’s surrounding nature, KD Reid strategically placed earth elements including a table made of the cross-sections of petrified trees, a textured animal hide rug, and flourishing plants scattered throughout the harmonious space. Photography: Ariel Camilo.

Andrew Joseph: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
KD Reid: Telekinesis, I love Jean Grey from X-men, if I could move furniture without touching it, I’d never do any heavy lifting.

Andrew: What’s your current TV obsession?
KD: Dynasty – the new one, the storyline has me glued to the screen.

Andrew: Favorite app?
KD: It’s a tie between Pinterest and Lumosity, I am always on Pinterest for design inspiration and Lumostiy brain teasers help keep me sharp and focused.

The Kingston Design Showhouse was situated on a beautiful and poised river that runs through upstate New York. KD turned this modest space into a “modern treehouse” and embellished it with natural elements that were free flowing and modern. Photography: Ariel Camilo.

Andrew: What’s inspiring you in life (in the industry) right now?
KD: The visibility of black artists, makers, and vendors providing new opportunities for collaboration and access to products and services

Andrew: Favorite piece of clothing you own?
KD: My vintage biker leather jacket, wearing this on job sites puts me in “work mode” (makes me feel like a badass).

Andrew: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
KD: I am a Legend in the Ballroom/ Vogue community.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
KD: Beauty is embracing nature’s imperfections and being confident in oneself with their self-expression.

About the Designer | KD Reid is an emerging interior designer whose detail-oriented approach and keen understanding of the shifting design landscape make him one of the industry’s most sought-after creative minds.

Reid’s creative practice stems directly from the relationships he builds with his clients – working closely alongside them every step of the way to ensure a finished product that sustains them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Reid credits the emerging Black Lives Matter movement and the black design talent that has come before him as his biggest inspirations professionally.

KD Reid was most recently featured in the 2020 Kingston Design Showhouse.

Andrew Joseph is a regular contributing editor for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine. See more of his work here.

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