With a background in fine arts and surface design, Shakoor Interiors Principal Erin Shakoor is much more than a 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 17 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.
Erin is a long-standing member of IDPA, Interior Design Peer Alliance and in 2018, became a member of the New York-based, BADG - Black Artists + Designers Guild. The design collaborative, Pink Eggshell ranked Shakoor Interiors as one of the nation’s Top 20 African American interior designers five years running.
Her firm was selected by the team at the Design Center at theMart to be part of the 2018-2019 Chicago VIP Luxury Gala, Host Committee.
Erin Shakoor is part of the “Maker’s Movement”. In her Chicago based artist’s studio, Shakoor is designing exquisite luxury surfaces for interior design and architectural applications. Her dimensional wall surfaces, leathers and textiles will shortly be produced for the general market.
Shakoor and her firm support numerous charities and institutions including After School Matters, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Common Ground Foundation, Designs for Dignity, Chicago House, Design Industry Fighting for Aids (DIFFA), and Gary Comer College Prep.