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Holiday gift ideas for family and friends with designer and entrepreneur Atim Annette Oton, proprietor of Brooklyn based retail venture Calabar Imports. With AfrobeatRadio Hosts Wuyi Jacobs & Tseliso Thipanyane.
About Atim Annette Oton
Atim Annette Oton is a partner and co-owner of CALABAR IMPORTS and a designer. She was an Associate Chair of Product Design at Parsons School of Design. Atim was born in Calabar, Nigeria, where she spent her formative years in before coming to the US to study architecture at the City College of New York in Harlem and the Architectural Association Graduate School in London, England.
Atim returned to New York in 1994 to work with the architecture firm Davis, Brody, Bond Architects and various other firms in New York. In 2000, she was part of the design team that won the African Burial Ground Interpretive Center. In the same year, she was hired as the Associate Chair of Product Design at Parsons School of Design. She also worked as a design consultant on the Underground Railroad Railroad Experience, a cultural education website from 2000 – 2004; and won an Independent Grant from the NYSCA on her work, the Black Hair Salon in 2002. In 2002 and 2004, she participated as a designer for the 3rd and 4th Annual Bridge Street Development Corporation’s Bed Stuyvesant Design Showhouses. Recently, she has been a consultant to the Bronx Council on the Arts for its Artisan Institute, an innovative idea focused on micro-enterprise for craftspeople in the Bronx.
Her work has been published in Architecture Record, Design Build, Design Architecture.com, Oculus and Blacklines Magazine. She has exhibited at the Architectural Association, London, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Institute for the Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), the Bronx Museum of Art and the City College of New York. She has been profiled in Office.com and Diversity.com for articles on Blacklines Magazine.
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