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Watching Beyoncé’s visual album Black Is King this summer, Studio Anansi founder Evan Jerry recognized a kindred creative spirit. “She’s trying to go back to the root of Blackness,” he says, “but also asking: What if Blackness had the opportunity to move forward within its own context, without being imposed upon by colonialism?” That potent question has been the focus of Jerry’s design studio (its moniker a nod to the spider deity of storytelling from West African and Caribbean folklore) since he combined his interior design career and artistic pursuits into a solo practice in 2018.

London-based designer Evan Jerry of Studio Anansi launched his inaugural furniture and homewares collection in 2020. The line’s African iroko...
Meet Studio Anansi: the Toronto Expat Weaving a New Web of Black Identity

Named after the Afro-Carribean spider god, Evan Jerry’s London-based practice is amassing a distinct portfolio of furnishings, accessories and more.

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